Player News - Rockets

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Dwight Howard is planning on attending Team USA's mini-camp in Vegas.

Any players planning to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics must attend the camp, so it's good to see that Howard will be available. Howard actually had to withdraw his name during the 2012 olympics because of a back injury, so he also has some added motivation to pursue the gold. He battled a knee injury last season and only managed to play in 41 games, so he does present some injury risk for prospective owners on draft day. Howard posted averages of 15.8 points, 10.5 boards and 1.3 blocks during the 2014-15 campaign, so hopefully he will bounce back this season.
Aug 1 - 9:08 AM

According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Christian Wood is unlikely to make the Rockets' final roster.

The Rockets are pretty loaded at power forward right now, and Woods' chances of making the team were never good in the first place. Feigen added that the Rockets would like to another backup PG to the roster, so signing Jason Terry would make a lot of sense.
Jul 30 - 6:52 PM

Team USA is still unsure if Dwight Howard and John Wall will participate in the team's mini-camp this August.

Howard has battled a slew of injuries in recent years, so it wouldn't be surprising if he opted for a little extra rest instead. John Wall's wrist has reportedly healed completely, but as talented as he is, Team USA is absolutely stacked at point guard. We will let you know when they make up their minds.
Jul 30 - 4:31 PM

The Rockets have reportedly made an offer to unrestricted free agent Jason Terry.

Negotiations are not yet complete, as per a source with knowledge of the offer, but it sounds like Terry will be returning to the Rockets for at least once more season. The 37-year-old will help provide the Rockets with some veteran leadership off the bench, but JET won't see enough minutes to be relevant in standard fantasy leagues at this stage of his career.
Jul 30 - 8:59 AM

The Rockets agreed to a deal with Chuck Hayes.

It's a one-year deal and the Chuck Wagon is back with the Rockets. Hayes signing with the Rockets could be an obstacle for guys like Clint Capela and Montrezl Harrell from getting playing time. Hayes can be ignored in drafts.
Jul 29 - 10:50 PM

According to ESPN, James Harden will be attending Team USA's minicamp in August.

Other big names that are reportedly attending are Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard, Mike Conley, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan and Blake Griffin, but more reports will likely surface throughout the rest of the week. Harden was just named MVP at the first Player's Awards recently, and he figures to play a key role on Team USA in Rio next summer.
Source: ESPN
Jul 26 - 2:32 PM

Marcus Thornton officially signed with the Rockets on Friday.

Thornton wasn't in the rotation in Phoenix last season and saw just 15.0 minutes per game, but his chances of earning playing time won't come any easier in Houston. Thornton is only worth a look in deeper leagues for owners looking for 3-pointers.
Jul 25 - 1:33 PM

Alan Williams has signed a contract to play for Qingdao of the Chinese Basketball Association next season.

Williams is an undrafted center out of UCSB, but he was one of the most impressive players at the Las Vegas Summer League with averages of 20.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. It's possible that an NBA team could snatch him up when the Chinese season ends, but Williams can be ignored in fantasy leagues for now.
Jul 25 - 9:06 AM

K.J. McDaniels three-year, $10 million deal with the Rockets has a team option on the final year of the contract.

As previously stated, it'll take more than a few injuries for McDaniels to get into the rotation in Houston, so he's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 23 - 3:17 PM

Nuggets president Josh Kroenke detailed the teams’ troubles with Ty Lawson during a recent interview.

"Ty … there were times when he was better than others," said Kroenke. "But the problems have been there for several years, going back to when we were having a lot of on-court success. I don’t want to go back too far. There were just a lot of times where you were at practice and you just know. You could smell [the alcohol]. You know there is probably deeper issues than he would probably let on." Hopefully a change of scenery and the winning culture in Houston will help Ty overcome the demons he's dealing with.
Jul 22 - 12:16 PM

Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said that trading away Ty Lawson was a difficult decision.

"It was a tough day," said Connelly. "Ty was a huge part of our success here. He's certainly one of the really talented lead guards. Sometimes a change of scenery is best for both parties. Where we were, it made sense to make the move." Lawson's series of off-court issues eventually became too much for the Nuggets to deal with, but his talent level was never in question. He won't have the ball in his hands quite as much with the Rockets, so his averages of 15.2 points and 9.6 assists per game will likely dip, although his 3-point shooting could be on the rise playing in Houston’s system.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 21 - 6:53 PM

James Harden will be named MVP at the first Players' Awards on Tuesday.

The Players' Awards is a collaboration between the NBPA and BET, and is an awards show in which only NBA players are given the opportunity to vote. He beat out LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook to earn the MVP distinction amongst his peers. Harden had a phenomenal 2014-15 campaign, posting averages of 27.4 points, 7.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 2.6 three-pointers, 1.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 4.0 turnovers per game. He'll be worth a top-3 selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Jul 21 - 6:23 PM

The Rockets officially re-signed restricted free agent K.J. McDaniels on Tuesday.

As long as James Harden, Trevor Ariza, and Corey Brewer are healthy, it'll be tough for McDaniels to get any meaningful playing time in Houston. He's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 21 - 5:11 PM

Ty Lawson has agreed as condition of the trade to the Rockets to make the final year of his contract non-guaranteed.

The final year of his deal is 2016-17, so that means the Rockets will have the option to keep Lawson on his set contract value. However, if things don't go well, they can essentially cut their losses and not have it affect their salary cap. The reward clearly outweighs the risk for the Rockets.
Jul 20 - 5:29 PM

The Rockets are "close to an agreement" with Chuck Hayes.

The Chuck Wagon had some success with the Rockets to start his career from 2005-2011. Hayes only played a career-low 8.8 minutes per game and 29 games last season with the Raptors. With the Rockets losing some depth in the Ty Lawson deal, this move makes sense.
Jul 20 - 2:36 PM

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