Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

Sergio Llull will play with Real Madrid next season.

He is a combo guard and is under contract until 2018. Expect the Rockets to try again next summer.
Jul 1 - 5:17 PM

Unrestricted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge was "floored in a good way" with the Rockets' analytics.

A lot of folks don't quite understand what analytics exactly mean and perhaps no person is more associated with analytics to help build a team than general manager Daryl Morey. The Rockets are going to have to move some pieces around -- Terrence Jones for sure -- in order to hand LMA.
Jul 1 - 5:04 PM

Corey Brewer has already met with the Rockets and has meetings with the Celtics and Knicks on the horizon.

He is an unrestricted free agent and all three teams could use some wing depth. The Rockets have bigger fish to fry, so they probably won't be as aggressive on Brewer than the Knicks and Celtics. Still, Brewer blossomed from being more than just a transitional scorer.
Jul 1 - 2:22 AM

Unrestricted free agent Patrick Beverley is drawing a lot of interest from around the NBA, and the Rockets, Knicks, Mavericks and Cavaliers have already reached out to the guard.

The Rockets are still considered to be the frontrunners due their huge need for a point guard, but things are starting to get interesting. According to Sporting News, the Knicks have "major interest" in Beverley, and they do have the cap space to lure him to New York. The Mavericks also could use a point guard with Rajon Rondo finally off the books, but Cleveland will likely have to worry about re-signing Kevin Love and LeBron James before they do anything else.
Jul 1 - 1:30 AM

The Rockets have extended a qualifying offer to K.J. McDaniels, making him a restricted free agent.

It'll be interesting to see what kind of deal McDaniels can fetch on the open market. The Rockets will be able to match any offer he receives, although they may be forced to let him walk if another team comes in with a poison pill type offer. McDaniels is capable of putting up some low-end fantasy value in the right situation, but if he's retained by Houston, he won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jun 30 - 3:25 PM

The Rockets have extended a qualifying offer to Patrick Beverley, officially making him a restricted free agent.

The Rockets are reportedly "determined" to re-sign Beverley as a restricted free agent, but the Mavs, Knicks, Bulls and Cavs will all try and pry him away from Houston. Beverley would be looking at a reserve role in Chicago and Cleveland, so those seem like the least likely destinations. He averaged 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 three-pointers per game with the Rockets during the 2014-15 season, so if retained, he won't be much more than a low-end option in standard fantasy leagues.
Jun 30 - 3:21 PM

Corey Brewer is reportedly looking for a long-term deal as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Brewer said that he will be open-minded in re-signing with the Rockets, but it's not clear at this point if Houston will be able to give him the kind of offer he is seeking. Brewer is the prototypical 3-and-D player, which is all the rage in the NBA right now, so he should get plenty of offers this offseason. It'll be interesting to see where he winds up, but in fantasy hoops, he won't be much more than a steals and 3-point specialist wherever he lands.
Jun 28 - 5:05 PM

The Rockets will try and re-sign Corey Brewer as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The feeling is mutual as Brewer has gone on record saying that he loves playing in Houston, and hopes the team can remain together. Brewer had a nice run with the Rockets, averaging 11.9 points, 1.1 steals and 1.0 three-pointers on 42.9 percent shooting during the 2014-15 season, so he's good for some low-end value in standard leagues.
Jun 28 - 3:14 PM

The Rockets could have difficulties in trying to re-sign Josh Smith as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Houston isn't going to have much money to work with, as they already have a large portion of their salary committed to James Harden, Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza. They are also going to try and re-sign Corey Brewer, Patrick Beverley and K.J. McDaniels, so they may not have enough money to give Smith a truly enticing deal. The one thing working in their favor is that Smoov will be getting paid by the Pistons, so he may be willing to give the Rockets a bit of a bargain if he likes his situation. He did say that he'd like to return to Houston, but a big money offer from another team might sway his decision.
Jun 28 - 2:41 PM

UNLV forward Christian Wood agreed to a free agent deal with the Rockets.

Wood still needs to put on some muscle, but his 6’11 frame with a 7’3 wingspan give him a nice ceiling at power forward. His rebounding rate saw a major increase during his sophomore season, pulling down 10.0 boards per game to go with his 15.7 points and 2.7 blocks per game. Also, after he wasn't drafted on Thursday night, Wood took to Twitter to say, "I have a chip on my shoulder and I'm using it on every [expletive deleted] I go against." The tweet was deleted this morning.
Jun 26 - 7:04 PM

With the second pick of the second round, the Rockets selected Louisville PF Montrezl Harrell.

Terrence Jones has reportedly been on the trade block and Josh Smith is an unrestricted free agent, so Harrell gives Houston some insurance at PF. He has a 7'4" wingspan but measured only 6'7" tall at the combine, and fantasy owners should take note of his paltry 53.3 percent FT shooting in three seasons at Louisville. There's no reason to think he'll be a fantasy asset this season.
Jun 25 - 11:10 PM

The Rockets selected Wisconsin F Sam Dekker with the 18th pick.

Few players had a better last month to the NCAA season than Dekker. He crushed the Arizona Wildcats in the tourney and helped the Badgers get to the title game. Dekker made an incredible 63.9 percent of his two-point shots last season while knocking down a respectable 34.8 percent from deep during his three years at Wisconsin. The Rockets could use a backup SF for Trevor Ariza, but it's hard to see him making a big impact in his rookie season as of now.
Jun 25 - 9:41 PM

The Rockets have made the 18th pick in the draft available for a trade.

Their primary goal tonight is to shed salary, so expect this pick to be packaged with other players to drop their cap number. Terrence Jones figures to be at the top of the list with the Rockets already having Donatas Motiejunas and Clint Capela on the roster.
Jun 25 - 4:42 PM

The Rockets have picked up their team option on Kostas Papanikolaou.

His contract is non-guaranteed until Oct. 4, so this transaction really isn't big news. Papanikolaou did get some playing time while the Rockets were shorthanded, but he's not likely going to get minutes out of the gate next season. He might not even make the team.
Jun 24 - 5:16 PM

The Rockets hope to retain K.J. McDaniels during free agency this offseason.

McDaniels was posting some decent low-end value as a shot blocking specialist in Philadelphia during the first-half of his rookie season, however, after he was traded to Houston he rarely left the bench. McDaniels will be a restricted free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see how his free agency pans out. If he remains in Houston, his fantasy value will be non-existent in most leagues.
Jun 21 - 5:29 PM

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