Player News - Rockets

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Dwight Howard and the Rockets were at odds over his role during the season.

"I felt like my role was being reduced," Howard said. "I went to [Rockets general manager] Daryl [Morey] and said, 'I want to be more involved.' Daryl said, 'No, we don't want you to be.' My response was, 'Why not? Why am I here?' It was shocking to me that it came from him instead of our coach. So I said to him, 'No disrespect to what you do, but you've never played the game. I've been in this game a long time. I know what it takes to be effective.'" Howard, for his part, admitted his mistake in allowing not getting the ball to impact other areas of his play, but it's easy to understand his frustration in this situation. Given all of this combined with the fact that the Rockets are expected to hire Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, it would be nothing short of shocking to see D12 back in Houston for 2016-17 and beyond.
Source: ESPN
May 30 - 10:15 AM

The Rockets are reportedly finalizing a four-year deal to install Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach.

D'Antoni officially beats out Stephen Silas for the head coaching gig in Houston, and the D'Antoni hire all but guarantees that Dwight Howard will be donning a different jersey next season. D'Antoni is a fantasy friendly coach, and his uptempo style will lead to more fantasy goodness for all those involved. With Howard assuredly gone and both Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas bound for free agency, Clint Capela could find himself in a starting role next season. As for James Harden, his numbers are sure to be ridiculous with D'Antoni at the helm.

The Orlando Magic are unlikely to pursue Dwight Howard if he opts out of his contract, according to league sources.

Howard is believed to have interest in returning to the Magic if he opts out of his contract as expected, but the interest isn't believed to be reciprocal unless he seeks a one-year deal for reasonable money. We'll likely see Howard on a new team next year, but it doesn't sound like it will be the Magic.
May 26 - 1:36 PM

Jason Terry thinks Dwight Howard might not be done with the Rockets yet.

While it would be a minor shock to see Howard return to the Rockets, Terry isn't convinced the big man will opt out of his contract and leave town. "I wouldn’t rule (a return) out," Terry said in an interview with Justin Termine and Eddie Johnson on SiriusXM NBA Radio. "He has yet to opt out. Again, it’s just going to depend on if you get the right coach in there." Despite Terry's comments, Howard will be all but gone from Houston if the Rockets sign reported frontrunner Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach.
May 26 - 10:06 AM

Sam Dekker (back) said he is 100 percent and has zero restrictions.

Dekker added on his Twitter account he has been playing basketball over the past month. Dekker played a grand total of six minutes in his rookie season and failed to score on a 0.0 usage rate. Even with a new coach, Dekker won't be a fantasy factor in his sophomore season.
May 23 - 4:23 PM

Raptors assistant coach Rex Kalamian reportedly interviewed for the Rockets' head coaching vacancy on Thursday.

While Mike D'Antoni remains the frontrunner to land the Houston head coaching gig, the Rockets reportedly have a strong interest in bringing on Kalamian to the coaching staff, as he has a strong relationship with James Harden from his days as an assistant coach on Scott Brooks' staff in OKC. Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas and Grizzlies' assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik also interviewed for the Houston head coaching vacancy on Thursday.
May 19 - 6:19 PM

Dwight Howard said he has thought about opting out of his contract this summer.

Howard can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and appears to be leaning towards making the decision to opt out of his contract. "To be honest, I have had some conversations with close friends on what would happen if I do opt out," Howard said. "But I haven't really come out and said, 'I'm going to opt out and do this and that.' I just can't focus on that right now." The Rockets are close to signing Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, which would all but guarantee an opt-out for Howard.
Source: ESPN
May 19 - 12:38 PM

The Rockets are close to signing Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

D'Antoni reportedly impressed Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and Houston is said to be putting together a formal offer. While a D'Antoni hiring should improve the fantasy prospects of most on the Rockets roster, his signing would likely also signal the end of the Dwight Howard era in Houston as the two had their issues with the Lakers.
May 19 - 10:05 AM

Mike D'Antoni is "gaining momentum" as a candidate for the Rockets' coaching job.

This news comes on the heels of Jeff Van Gundy falling out of the running. According to the ESPN report, D'Antoni impressed owner Leslie Alexaner, who has vowed to be more active in the coaching search. If D'Antoni does get the job, there would certainly be plenty of fantasy bumps in his innovative "seven seconds or less" offense.
Source: ESPN.com
May 18 - 4:14 PM

Jeff Van Gundy is no longer a candidate for the Rockets coaching job.

With JVG out of the picture, the coaching searches out there should move along. It's not surprising based on some of his comments during his broadcasts and he's likely going to stay in his current post for the foreseeable future.
May 18 - 2:51 PM

Mike D'Antoni has reportedly earned a second interview with the Rockets, and he's reportedly emerged as a "serious" candidate to land the head coaching gig in Houston.

D'Antoni will reportedly have a sit down interview with Rockets' owner Leslie Alexander after impressing in his first interview, and if things continue to progress in a positive direction, Houston will reportedly look for a defensive minded coach to serve on D'Antoni's staff as his defensive coordinator. Jeff Van Gundy also remains in the running, and has strong support for GM Daryl Morey, although Alexander reportedly is still not sold on bringing back JVG.
Source: ESPN
May 18 - 11:55 AM

Jason Terry said that Dwight Howard would be a "great fit" in Dallas, but he would have to accept Rick Carlisle's coaching style and system.

"It would be a great fit. I think the key cog in that wheel is Dwight," Terry said. "Are you willing to come in and accept Carlisle's style of coaching? He has a great offensive system... But the big guy really doesn't touch it a lot on the inside." Given how much Howard complained this past season about his lack of touches, it would be surprising to see him go somewhere like Dallas. The Mavs have also stated that they're not willing to pay the max to sign D-12, which is likely what Howard will be seeking on the open market.
Source: Sports Day
May 18 - 11:23 AM

Dwight Howard said that he's hurt by the perception that he's a "diva" and all about himself.

"I think I was very likable in Orlando, and the way that situation ended, I think people felt as though I'm just this bad guy, I'm all about myself, I'm a diva, I'm stuck on being Dwight Howard, this famous basketball player," Howard said. "So people say, 'I don't like that guy.' And I hear that, and it really hurts me because my heart and my attitude toward the game has always been the same." Howard is expected to opt out of his contract this offseason in order to become an unrestricted free agent, and it seems very likely that he won't be wearing a Rockets uniform when the 2016-17 season begins.
Source: ESPN
May 11 - 9:34 AM

Kevin McHale has withdrawn his name from the Kings head coaching search, according to Marc Stein of ESPN

McHale was reportedly the Kings top targets, so Sacramento will have to go back to the drawing board now. McHale could be linked to the Pacers due to the presence of former teammate and team president Larry Bird if Indiana moves on from current head coach Frank Vogel, so McHale is likely to get a look elsewhere.
May 5 - 11:00 AM

Mike D'Antoni will reportedly interview for the Rockets' head coach position this week.

D'Antoni is currently an 'associate head coach' with the 76ers and it's not surprising to see him in the mix for the up-tempo Rockets' head coaching gig. Houston has also talked to Sam Cassell and current assistant Chris Finch, and they're reportedly interested in Frank Vogel if he's fired by the Pacers. It's a wide-ranging search and more candidates' names are sure to surface in the coming days.
May 4 - 10:16 PM


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