Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

Kevin McHale has interviewed with the Kings for their open head coach position.

McHale would be appealing on a number of levels, most notably because he's a a successful ex-NBA big man who could be capable of connecting with DeMarcus Cousins. McHale's next head coaching job will likely come exactly on his terms, and it's unknown if the Kings would be willing to go that far in order to bring him in.
May 2 - 11:40 AM

Dwight Howard is reportedly "strongly" considering returning to the Magic as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Howard is expected to opt out of his deal this offseason in order to hit free agency, and with the way things ended for the Rockets this season, it would be surprising to see D-12 back in Houston. The Bucks, Hornets and Blazers have also been mentioned as potential landing spots for Howard, and there's sure to be a few more names added to this list as we get closer to free agency. It's worth noting, however, that Orlando to this point has not expressed interest in a reunion.
Apr 28 - 4:38 PM

Dwight Howard declined to comment on his future with the Rockets.

Howard can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but declined to discuss his plans. "It didn’t go the way we wanted to go," D-12 said. "We had a lot of ups and downs and I’m sure all of us are going to take some time to reflect on what we can do to better ourselves." After a season of rumored feuding with James Harden, it would be a surprise to see Howard return to the Rockets.
Source: ESPN
Apr 28 - 9:45 AM

The Rockets are interested in Jeff Van Gundy for their vacant head coach position, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff would seem to be out of the running as the Rockets will also interview Warriors assistant Luke Walton. We'll keep an eye on the situation in Houston, but as Wojnarowki said, the Rockets are "big game hunting."
Apr 28 - 9:11 AM

Trevor Ariza finished his 2015-16 season with just two points, one rebound and one assist on Wednesday, going 1-of-8 from downtown as the Rockets fell to the Warriors in Game 5.

Ariza was dreadful offensively throughout the first round of the playoffs, shooting 25.5 percent, and the only positive was his defense -- he averaged 2.6 steals and was easily the leader in deflections per game (4.8). He flirted with top-40 fantasy value during the regular season (9-cat) but his role could change depending upon Houston's choice of a head coach, not to mention any personnel moves this offseason.
Apr 28 - 1:24 AM

James Harden scored 35 points (12-of-13 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with six boards, six assists and seven turnovers on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to keep the Rockets from elimination.

Trevor Ariza's offense dried up vs. Golden State, the Rockets couldn't get Dwight Howard consistent touches around the basket, and the offensive burden proved to be too much for Harden to shoulder alone. He opened tonight's game 6-of-8 from the field, with his teammates a combined 0-of-15, resulting in a huge early deficit that Houston simply couldn't overcome. It will be an offseason of soul-searching for the Rockets.
Apr 28 - 1:24 AM

The Rockets collapsed on Wednesday, losing 114-81, with Dwight Howard contributing eight points (3-of-13 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), 21 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 45 minutes.

This is the first time in the series that Howard attempted more than 10 field goals, a fact that wasn't lost on coach J.B. Bickerstaff. "We just gotta get him the ball," Bickerstaff said before the game. "We feel like we have an advantage in the post." More touches didn't help Howard tonight and his season ends on a dour note. He has a $23.3 million player option this summer and will likely go for another long-term deal in free agency, so it will be interesting to see how hard teams pursue him at this stage of his career.
Source: AP
Apr 28 - 1:23 AM

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) logged 26 minutes during Wednesday's season-ending loss, finishing with two points on 1-of-5 shooting, four rebounds and two assists.

Beverley seemingly caught a break this series with Stephen Curry suffering multiple injuries, but he was banged up himself and finished with poor averages of 5.8 points on 27.0 percent shooting, 4.4 boards, 2.2 assists and 0.4 steals. He's not much of a playmaker in Houston's offense but still racked up top-100 value this season thanks to solid 3-pointers (1.7 per game) and steals (1.3) with very low turnovers (1.3) for a point guard.
Apr 28 - 1:21 AM

Dwight Howard is reportedly expected to leave the Rockets as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Thus far, the Magic, Hornets, Bucks and Blazers have been mentioned as the early favorites to land Howard's services, but we still have a long ways to go until free agency begins. For now, Howard will try and help the Rockets to a Game 5 win over the Warriors on Wednesday in order to send the series back to Houston for a Game 6.
Source: ESPN
Apr 27 - 1:59 PM

Jason Terry said he guarantees that the Rockets will take the series back to Houston with a Game 5 victory over Golden State on Wednesday.

"It's going to be a nice flight home once we get this win [Wednesday]," said Terry. "I'm guaranteeing it." Terry is never one to lack in confidence, and he even joked about prematurely adding a Larry O'Brien Trophy tattoo to his arm. Terry got a Larry O'Brien Trophy tattoo with a Mavs logo during the preseason of Dallas' title run, but then also did the same when he was traded to the Celtics in 2012, essentially ruining a once legendary move as the Celtics were eliminated by the Knicks' during their first-round series.
Apr 27 - 12:29 PM

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) went through a full practice on Tuesday and said that he'll "definitely" play in Game 5 against the Warriors on Wednesday.

Beverley sat out Monday's practice, so his participation in Tuesday's practice is an encouraging sign regarding his availability for Wednesday's Game 5 in Oakland. He'll likely be a game-time call on Wednesday night, but it's worth noting that he was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice. It would be surprising to see him miss Game 5, but if he does, Corey Brewer and Jason Terry will benefit most.
Apr 26 - 5:28 PM

The Mavericks won't pursue Dwight Howard if he becomes a free agent, according to league sources.

Howard is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but it doesn't look like the Mavs will be in on D-12 if he is looking for a max contract. While the Mavericks will be in the market for frontcourt help this summer, Howard will have likely have a team offer him max contract after averaging 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.0 steals in 2015-16.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 9:35 AM

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) did not practice on Monday and only took part of the film session.

He was walking around OK, but walking and playing basketball against the Warriors are two different things. It would appear Beverley is going to miss the rest of the series. Jason Terry and Corey Brewer figure to play more.
Apr 25 - 2:46 PM

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) is traveling to Oakland for Game 5 vs. Golden State.

Beverley will get treatment and a determination on his playing status could come down to a game-time decision prior to Wednesday's do-or-die matchup. If he's forced to sit out, James Harden would be the de facto point guard with Jason Terry likely sliding into the first five while playing more minutes than he really should.
Apr 25 - 1:49 PM

Kevin McHale "has emerged on the list of known candidates" for Sacramento's vacant coaching position.

The two sides of have had "exploratory talks" about the gig, but it's not clear what that actually means. So far, the Kings have only completed one "full-scale interview" with Sam Mitchell, but the team is expected to ramp up its search in the coming weeks. Names like Vinny Del Negro, Mike Woodson, Mark Jackson, Nate McMillan, Jeff Hornacek and Luke Walton are also believed to be on the team's radar.
Source: ESPN
Apr 25 - 12:12 PM


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