Player News - Rockets

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Rockets head coach Mike D'Antonio won the 2017 Coach of the Year Award.

This was D'Antonio's second time winning the award, as he won it back in 2004 when he led the Suns to a franchise-high tying 62 wins. He was considered the heavy favorite for the award after leading the Rockets to a 55-27 record and a third place finish in the West. The Rockets set the All-Time record for most 3-pointers made in a season and D'Antoni is partly responsible for James Harden's best season of his career.
Jun 26 - 10:39 PM

Eric Gordon was named the 2017 Sixth Man of the Year, becoming the first Rockets player to win the award.

You could make a strong case for both Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams, but Gordon was the favorite all along. He had one of his best seasons in years and thrived in coach Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun system, averaging 16.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.6 steals. He was able to stay healthy and appeared in 75 regular season games, and he was third in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (3.3). The Rockets are rumored to be shopping Patrick Beverley and Williams, but Gordon likely isn't going anywhere with three more years left on his deal.
Jun 26 - 9:27 PM

Patrick Beverley was named First-Team All Defense.

Maybe this helps Houston's leverage in trade talks -- they are reportedly shopping Beverley and he's been linked to the Jazz. In addition to Beverley and Chris Paul, Defensive Player of the Year finalists Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, and Kawhi Leonard all earned a place on the First Team. Tony Allen, Danny Green, Andre Roberson, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis make up the Second-Team All Defense.
Jun 26 - 1:22 PM

George De Paula has agreed to a deal with the Rockets.

The Brazilian players get some buzz on occasion, and DePaula’s 7’0" wingspan as a 6’6" point guard will certainly help that. The 21-year-old guard isn’t the most athletic guy and he still doesn’t have a jumper yet, so he’ll likely be more of a defense-first player.
Jun 23 - 3:48 PM

Nevada F/C Cameron Oliver agreed to a multi-year deal with the Rockets.

Oliver is a physical freak with a chiseled 6'8" frame, a 7'1" wingpsan and 39.5 max vertical. He was dominant during his sophomore season at Nevada, averaging 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.9 triples. He's still a bit raw offensively, but he's an intriguing long-term project and his explosive athleticism would fit well in Houston's run-and-gun offense.
Jun 23 - 9:27 AM

The Rockets selected center Isaiah Hartenstein with the 43rd pick in the NBA Draft.

He just turned 19 last month, so Hartenstein may be a draft-and-stash guy despite already playing pro ball with the Artland Dragons in Germany and also playing pro ball in Lithuania. His most attractive quality is obviously his 7’1" height, but he still has to harness all those arms and legs to get his shot down. With some coaching, he could be a factor down the line. He'll stay overseas in the upcoming season, according to GM Daryl Morey.
Jun 22 - 11:40 PM

The Jazz remain in talks for Patrick Beverley and are also in talks for a different point guard, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

This report adds the Jazz are looking for another point guard. While Beverley is believed to be on the block, the Rockets are not going to deal him unless they feel confident they can replace him or they're getting assets back in return. The Jazz remain one of the wild cards in this draft for a litany of reasons.
Jun 22 - 2:28 PM

The Jazz have made a trade inquiry on Patrick Beverley, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Sam Amick of USA Today adds that there are eight teams in the mix to get Mr. 94 Feet. The Rockets have high hopes this offseason as they'll look to clear out as much cap space as they can to go after players like Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Paul George and others. Beverley clearly showed he's a capable starter and he'd compete with just about any other starting unit because he can play both guard spots. As for the Jazz, they have a lot of cap space now, but that could change on July 1.
Jun 21 - 2:38 PM

The Rockets have reportedly made Ryan Anderson, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams available via trade in order to open up some cap space for free agency this summer.

Trading away these guys would help the Rockets bring in another superstar to play alongside James Harden, and thus far, they've been linked to Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry, Paul Millsap and Paul George. Both Williams and Beverley make for very enticing trade chips as both guys are on the final year of their very cap friendly contracts, and Anderson's 3-point shooting prowess from the four-spot should be able to attract some potential suitors. Stay tuned.

Daryl Morey has reportedly signed a four-year extension with the Rockets.

Morey had one year left on his contract, so now he's on the books for another five seasons. He's one of the better GMs in the league and has spearheaded the analytics movement in Houston, so this was a fairly easy decision for the Rockets to make.
Jun 21 - 11:50 AM

The Rockets are reportedly "actively shopping" Patrick Beverley ahead of Thursday's 2017 NBA draft.

The Rockets currently do not have the cap space to pursue a top-tier free agent this offseason but getting Beverley's contract worth roughly $10.5 million over the next two years would be step one in freeing up some salary. There have been some reports that the Rockets would like to be a part of the Paul George or Chris Paul sweepstakes, but they'll need to do more than shedding Beverley's deal to make that happen. For what it's worth, Beverley is reportedly open to a trade away from Houston.
Jun 20 - 4:03 PM

The Rockets reportedly "plan" to offer James Harden a four-year extension this offseason worth roughly $168 million.

Harden accepted an extension with the club last summer that put him under contract through 2019, although if he waits another year before committing to another extension with Houston, he would be able to sign a five-year deal somewhere in the ballpark of $217 million.
Jun 20 - 3:15 PM

Cameron Oliver is scheduled to work out for the Nets on Wednesday and the Knicks on Thursday.

Oliver is an explosive four-man with a shredded body and 3-point range, although he's still very raw on the offensive end, which is why he's being billed as a long-term project and figures to go deep in the second round on draft day. It's unlikely he'll make an immediate impact in fantasy hoops during his rookie year.
Source: ESPN
Jun 14 - 12:08 PM

Commissioner Adam Silver said he's "frustrated" the NBA doesn't have a Chinese player in the league right now.

Houston's 2016 second-round pick Zhou Qi has been working out with the Rockets and could be coming over with the Rockets talking about bringing him on for next year. Silver did have a comment about Qi in his press conference on Thursday. "[Qi] seems like he can be a great player," Silver said. The Chinese big man has a whopping 7'8" wingspan and there's a chance he's out there in Las Vegas Summer League. If Silver has any say, there's a decent chance Qi is on the roster for 2017-18.
Jun 2 - 4:20 PM

Judge Joanne Watters set a tentative start date of August 4th for Charles Oakley's trail.

Oakley was charged with assault, aggravated harassment, criminal trespass and harassment after being ejected from a Knicks game at MSG on February 8th. Interestingly, Oakley rejected a conditional dismissal offer that would have left him with a clean record after six months of good behavior. Oakley's attorney, Alex Spiro, stated in court that he has a list of witnesses he'd like to call on during Oakley's trial.
Jun 2 - 11:22 AM


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