Player News - Rockets

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Patrick Beverley (cut foot) will sit out of the contact portion of practice on Sunday.

He will go through some drills, but the Rockets obviously won't push him during the preseason. Beverley aslo missed practice on Saturday, but he's expected to be cleared on Monday or Tuesday. The injury isn't a concern for fantasy owners.
Sep 25 - 1:33 PM

Rockets GM Daryl Morey is hoping that Clint Capela can take a "big step forward" this season.

"To go from playing 15-20 minutes against often not the starting center to playing 25-plus minutes against front-line guys, that’s a big step forward," Morey said. "It’s more physical. It takes a big toll on your body to do that night-in and night-out." Capela is expected to take over as the starting center in Houston and should see a huge bump in playing time. He averaged 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 19.1 minutes per game last season, but we'd be more excited about him if he wasn't so bad at the line -- he hit just 37.9 of his free throws last season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 25 - 10:57 AM

Sam Dekker (back) is feeling good as the Rockets prepare to begin training camp.

"I've had a great summer. This is the best I've ever felt in my life. Really good energy with the team. We have a lot to be optimistic about," Dekker said. Working exclusively as a shooting guard and small forward in opening practices, Dekker feels that he's "a guy that can come in and add energy, add a spark." His optimism is nice, but his fantasy prospects are not.
Sep 24 - 4:39 PM

Patrick Beverley reported to training camp roughly eight pounds lighter but looked and felt "considerably more fit" than previously.

"It’s about being as healthy as I possibly be," Beverley said. "It’s a couple practice, it’s no big deal. I lost a lot of weight this summer, got a lot leaner. I feel lighter when I run." This is just the beginning of our annual training camp muscle watch updates, but rarely do these reports translate to any tangible change once the regular season begins. For what it's worth, Beverley plans to drop "roughly five more pounds" before the action gets underway.
Sep 24 - 4:37 PM

Mike D'Antoni called James Harden "one of the best pick-and-roll players we have in this league."

"He does some things that are incredible. His strength and his ability to see and to finish, he can be one of the best pick-and-roll players ever," D'Antoni said. It's clear that Harden will be the focal point of everything that D'Antoni does in Houston, and there is an increasingly strong case to be made for The Beard to be selected No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts.
Sep 24 - 4:32 PM

James Harden believes the vibe around the Rockets has changed under Mike D'Antoni.

"It's not even close," he said. "We've doing something I haven't since I've been here in Houston. Just trying to shake things up, just trying to make sure we really know each other in and out on and off the court. I think that will translate to a better team." Harden also said the disharmony from last season was "an extremely big problem," but that was obvious to anyone paying attention. "On any team, in any sport, if you don't have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you're not going to be successful," he said. Harden is focused on building "something that I haven't had since I've been here, that's everybody on the same page, everybody in the same boat." Hear that splash, Dwight Howard? You were just thrown overboard.
Sep 24 - 4:03 PM

Patrick Beverley will not practice on Saturday due to a minor cut on his foot.

It's training camp, so players aren't going to play through minor ailments. Beverley will return to practice on Monday or Tuesday. He is expected to open the season as the starting PG ahead of Pablo Prigioni and Tyler Ennis, but won't have much fantasy value with James Harden running the offense.
Sep 24 - 1:02 PM

The Rockets announced the signings of Gary Payton II, Kyle Wiltjer and Isaiah Taylor on Friday.

Even with the acquisition of Tyler Ennis on Friday, it's still very possible for Payton to make the final roster. As for Wiltjer and Taylor, they will likely end up in the D-League or overseas.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 24 - 11:00 AM

Rockets GM Daryl Morey said he had targeted Tyler Ennis in the 2014 draft.

The Rockets acquired Ennis from the Bucks in exchange for Michael Beasley on Friday, and Morey indicated that he will have a chance to crack the rotation. "He's a guy we've always had our eye on, that has an ability to pass," Morey said. "He definitely has a real chance to step up." It's not out of the question to think that Ennis could pass Pablo Prigioni on the depth chart, but Patrick Beverley is still the overwhelming favorite to start. Deep-league owners can just keep an eye on Ennis for now.
Sep 24 - 10:19 AM

Clint Capela said he's added 10-12 pounds this offseason.

He's likely headed for a big bump in minutes as the rim protector on what should be the NBA fastest team. The added size should help him on the low block, especially next to some iffy perimeter defenders. Capela's best monthly average for minutes per game in his career was 23.5 in December, so he's looking at a bit more than he's used to. The 22-year-old big man should be a solid source for blocks and boards, but his awful foul shooting hurts his value in standard leagues.
Sep 23 - 3:03 PM

Eric Gordon said James Harden can "easily" average double-digit assists this season.

It's not far-fetched to think that at all. With coach Mike D'Antoni expected to push the pace and put the ball in Harden's hands more, so he could easily improve on both his 29.0 points and 7.5 dimes last year. He's easily in the running to be the top pick in fantasy drafts.
Sep 23 - 2:33 PM

According to The Vertical, the Rockets are still trying to re-sign Donatas Motiejunas.

The Rockets traded away Michael Beasley on Thursday and they expect to have Motiejunas on their opening-night roster. However, the two sides haven't made much progress in contract talks and D-Mo's agent said that he isn't pleased at the way the Rockets have handled the negotiations. D-Mo should have a role in Houston next season, but Ryan Anderson is going to be the primary PF and is a much better fantasy target.
Sep 23 - 10:10 AM

Tyler Ennis has been traded to the Rockets in exchange for Michael Beasley.

Ennis was buried on the depth chart in Milwaukee last season, averaging 4.5 points and 2.1 assists in 14.2 minutes per game. He's only 22 years old and is joining a point guard rotation that includes Patrick Beverley and Pablo Prigioni, so it's possible that he could win the backup job. To be clear, he's only on the radar in very deep leagues.
Sep 22 - 4:20 PM

James Harden is looking to unite the Rockets after a 2015-16 season of discord.

After a dysfunctional 2015-16 season, Harden expressed optimism for this year's version of the Rockets. "On any team, in any sport, if you don't have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you're not going to be successful," Harden said. "That's what we're trying to build here in Houston. We have several new guys we want them to come and feel like this is a great group and we're going to build this together." Playing in a new-look offense expected to be top-3 in pace, Harden could very well challenge for the title of the No. 1 fantasy basketball player this year.
Sep 20 - 12:06 PM

B.J. Armstrong, the agent for Donatas Motiejunas, remains upset at the way the Rockets have handled contract negotiations for his client.

It's been a weird year for Motiejunas, who was traded to Detroit and then returned to the Rockets due to long-term concerns over his back injury. Now a restricted free agent, the big man has not seen his market develop as desired due to Houston's ability to match any offer. "He wants me to make an offer and I'm not negotiating against myself," Armstrong said. "Daryl [Morey, the Rockets general manager] and I are talking, but at this point there's nothing to discuss." We're not expecting a sudden resolution.
Sep 17 - 3:30 PM


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