Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

The Rockets will invite undrafted Incarnate Word guard Denzel Livingston to training camp.

Similar to Will Cummings and Remi Yusuf, Livingston isn't expected to make the final roster and will be a candidate for their D-League team. For what it's worth, he posted averages of 21.5 points, 5.9 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.3 blocks, 2.6 steals and 1.6 3-pointers for Incarnate Word last season.
Sep 4 - 12:58 PM

The Rockets have reached an agreement to bring undrafted Temple guard Will Cummings to training camp.

He averaged 14.8 points, 4.2 assists, 4.1 boards and 1.9 steals during his senior season at Temple, but he is expected to end up with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League.
Sep 4 - 12:52 PM

The Rockets have invited Remi Yusuf to training camp.

Yusuf is an odd fit because he is 31 years old and has spent his professional career playing overseas, but there isn't any reason to think that he will make the final roster.
Sep 4 - 12:50 PM

Dwight Howard was detained at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Friday for having a gun in his bag, but he won't face criminal charges.

According to the ESPN report, "Houston Police Department spokesperson Kese Smith said Wednesday that Howard was stopped at Terminal E at 7 a.m. when Transportation Security Administration officials discovered a pistol in the bottom of a carry-on bag." The NBA is not fond of any news items regarding guns, especially coming from their high-profile players. What's more, the Rockets fired their social media guy for tweeting horse and gun emojis.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 6:11 PM

Ty Lawson said he's "excited" to play for Kevin McHale in Houston, and that he feels he can take some pressure off James Harden by being a secondary playmaker for the Rockets.

"I feel like last year watching the playoffs, [Houston] definitely need another playmaker," Lawson said. "You could tell James got a little bit tired. He had to come down and score and make passes every time on the court. So I just want to relieve a little bit of pressure for him the best way I can." If Lawson can keep his head on straight, he's more than capable of putting up early-to-mid round value for the Rockets. He'll more than likely assume the starting point guard position, which will remove Patrick Beverley from the standard league conversation.
Sep 2 - 10:18 AM

The Atlanta Hawks announce they will retire Dikembe Mutombo's number in November.

After declaring September 1, 2015 as Dikembe Mutombo Day, the Hawks announced they will retired Mutombo's number during a game against the Celtics on November 24. "It’s the most shocking to me," Mutombo said. "I didn’t know the Hawks were going to retire my jersey. I can’t believe it. It’s going to be a great day." While this news doesn't affect fantasy owners, we can only hope Mutombo will give a trademark finger wag during the November ceremony.
Sep 1 - 11:54 AM

Terrence Jones is unlikely to sign an extension with the Rockets this offseason.

Houston has a track record of letting guys establish their market value via free agency, and given that Jones is coming off a bit of a down year, it wouldn't make much sense for him to lock in to a long term extension now. A nerve issue in Jones' right leg limited him to just 33 games last season, but he was impressive once he got into the flow of things, averaging 13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a starter. He'll look to build upon those averages heading into a contract year, and he could make for a mid-round steal on draft day.
Aug 26 - 10:34 AM

Alan Williams, who recently signed a contract with Qingdao in China, said that he was "shocked" that he didn't get an NBA offer.

"I guess I was kind of shocked. I was confused why I didn't have some guaranteed offers," Williams said. "I know nothing is promised. I wasn't upset. I just thought, 'It's part of the plan.' The goal is to play basketball and at the end of the day, I get to get paid to do what I love to do and travel a bit. While I'm young, I can grow as a player and a man." Williams went undrafted out of UCSB, but he was one of the most dominant players during the summer league with averages of 20.5 points and 11.5 boards. We will keep an eye on his progress moving forward, and he should definitely get another crack at the NBA in the near future.
Aug 22 - 10:34 AM

Jason Terry said that James Harden was "all over him" during free agency, and that Harden wasn't going to let Terry go anywhere as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"No question, he was all over me," Terry said. "[Harden] basically wasn’t letting me go anywhere. That was tough for me knowing how important I am to his growth and his development. You’re not the main guy, but the main guy needs you. It makes it a lot easier to come back." Terry said that he turned down a more lucrative deal from New Orleans in order to return to Houston, and he'll resume his role as a veteran leader for the Rockets. However, the addition of Ty Lawson will lead to even fewer minutes for JET, so he can be ignored in most leagues on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 20 - 6:09 PM

The Houston Rockets are in talks to sign Montrezl Harrell.

The Rockets are still looking to sign their second-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, but the discussions haven't progressed to an agreement just yet. While Harrell has some upside, he won't have much more than deep-league fantasy value once he signs as he'll be stuck behind Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas, and Clint Capela.
Source: ESPN
Aug 20 - 9:33 AM

Jason Terry has reportedly told the Rockets he'll return to the team on a one-year deal.

Terry had been mulling an offer from the New Orleans Hornets, but will return to Houston for the veteran's minimum. While the 37-year-old helps provide the Rockets with veteran backcourt depth, he won't help fantasy owners in standard leagues after averaging just 21.3 minutes per game last season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 20 - 9:04 AM

Jason Terry has reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Rockets on a one-year contract.

The Pelicans need a backup PG and they reportedly had an offer on the table, but Terry opted to stay in Houston as part of a deep backcourt that includes James Harden, Ty Lawson, Patrick Beverley and Marcus Thornton. The veteran combo guard will be lucky to reach the 21.3 minutes he averaged last season, ensuring that he won't help fantasy owners in standard leagues.

Ty Lawson has finished his 30-day stint at a rehab clinic in California, according to this agent.

Lawson completed his 30-day court-ordered alcohol rehab stint on Monday, according to his agent, Happy Walters. Despite two DUI arrests in the past seven months, new teammate James Harden isn't worried about Lawson. "He's more focused than ever," Harden said. "He has a great opportunity with a really good team to showcase his talents and help us with that next push that we need." We'll keep an eye on Lawson's situtaiton as he heads into training camp, but he should have no trouble providing mid-round fantasy value alongside Harden.
Aug 18 - 9:44 AM

James Harden said that he could see Patrick Beverley playing alongside Ty Lawson.

"We have a lot of guys that are versatile," Harden said. "We can have Ty Lawson handle the basketball, play Pat [Beverley] off the ball. You can play them together. We have a lot of different lineups, a lot of options with this team. I’ve very excited to see how it all is going to pan out. Good things are going to happen." Beverley is expected to come off the bench with Lawson in town, but he could still have a decent role if Houston decides to play a lot of small ball. As of right now, Beverley is more of a deep league option.
Aug 16 - 10:44 AM

James Harden said he is dealing with a sore left ankle, but it's expected to be very minor and he said that he wasn't concerned.

He was getting some treatment on his ankle prior to participating in a camp with some kids, but there is no reason to be worried at all. Harden is $200 million richer after signing with Adidas and gets to look forward to playing with Ty Lawson this season, so it's obviously been a good summer for him. Harden will be an easy top-3 pick in most drafts.
Aug 15 - 2:39 PM


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