Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

The Rockets officially re-signed Francisco Garcia to a one-year deal on Friday.

Garcia averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.3 three-pointers through 19.7 minutes of action with the Rockets last season. He's not on the radar in standard leagues.
Aug 22 - 4:53 PM

Francisco Garcia has signed a one-year deal with the Rockets, according to his agent, Aaron Goodwin.

Goodwin denied the report of a Garcia-Rockets, two-year agreement last week, so the two parties went with a short-term deal instead. He'll join a team with a bit less depth than last year, but he's not a lock for consistent minutes.
Aug 21 - 7:52 PM

James Harden scored seven points vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

He stated he's the best all-around player in the NBA heading into this game, but obviously didn't prove much. We've all seen the bearded one tear it up on offense, but he's still way behind on defense, as evident by the way the Rockets gave up 23rd-most points in the NBA last season. Regardless, he's a top-five fantasy player.
Aug 21 - 12:55 AM

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said James Harden "has been as good a leader as we’ve had for this team" for Team USA.

"I don’t how maturity develops when I’m not around it all the time," Krzyzewski said. "I just know that he’s one of the best players in the NBA. And having this responsibility here will only make him better." It should be interesting to see how Harden plays overseas. He's been one of the worst defenders in the NBA, but he could be better at the FIBA World Cup because he won't have as much offensive responsibility.
Source: USAB.com
Aug 19 - 9:03 PM

Alessandro Gentile said he wants to stay overseas and play two more seasons with Olimpia EA7 Milano.

The 21-year-old small forward went 53rd in the draft and was not expected to join the Rockets this season. Gentile can be ignored in all formats.
Aug 18 - 9:47 AM

Aaron Goodwin, agent for Francisco Garcia, said on Friday that the report of his client agreeing to deal with Rockets is false.

"There's no agreement reached," Goodwin said. Garcia was reportedly signed for a two-year deal, but this report is more than enough to suggest he's still a free agent. He'll be looking at a short-term deal and a team like the Jazz could be an option for Garcia.
Aug 15 - 12:15 PM

The Rockets have re-signed Francisco Garcia.

It's a two-year, $3.5 million deal for Garcia. He was out of the rotation for a sizable portion of the season, but he did play 22.8 minutes per game in April while the Rockets were banged up. He'll compete for minutes with Alonzo Gee on the wing.
Source: elCaribe
Aug 15 - 9:03 AM

The Houston Rockets intend to re-sign unrestricted free agent Francisco Garcia, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle

In answering a Twitter follower's question about Garcis, Feigen said both the team and Garcia are planning on a reunion but haven't come to an agreement yet. Garcia averaged 5.7 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 54 games with the Rockets last year and would hold little fantasy value as a bench player with Houston or any other team.
Aug 14 - 10:44 AM

Rockets rookie Clint Capela left the EuroBasket qualifying tournament due to an unspecified injury.

He is returning to Houston and we should have more details of the injury soon. The 6'11" power forward is expected to stay in the NBA this season, rather than heading back overseas, but he'll likely spend most of his time in the D-League or watching games from the end of Houston's bench.
Aug 12 - 6:46 PM

Rockets sign F Kostas Papanikolaou.

It's a two-year deal worth $4.8 million in the first year and $4.6 million in the second year. Papanikolaou has some range as a shooter and he's 6'8", so he'll help the second unit on the wing. Trevor Ariza has been able to play big minutes lately, making Papanikolaou a player not worth watching in standard leagues just yet.
Aug 11 - 10:33 AM

James Harden said that there are no hard feelings between him and Chandler Parsons.

"Chandler and I have had plenty of conversations, especially lately," Harden said. "Everything has been overblown. I’m happy for Chandler. He’s in a great situation. I wish nothing but the best of luck for him." Harden added that the topic didn't even come up during USA's training camp, and it's quite possible that the whole situation was overblown during a slow news month for the NBA.
Aug 10 - 10:33 AM

Donatas Motiejunas said he'd like to play with the Lakers if he were to leave the Rockets.

He recently mentioned how Dwight Howard and James Harden don't interact with the team much, but he did say that was only a joke on a radio show. Motiejunas said the Lakers not having depth up front was his reasoning, but this was also likely just a joke and shouldn't be taken seriously. He is expected to stay with the Rockets and he could see some minutes at center now that Omer Asik is in New Orleans.
Source: TalkBasket
Aug 9 - 10:14 AM

Updating a previous report, Dwight Howard and James Harden do not eat separately from the team.

There was a report stating that Donatas Montiejunas said that James Harden and Dwight Howard "eat separately from the team," but when a Lithuanian fan went back and listened to the actual interview it was found that was an improper translation of what was said. Montiejunas simply stated that the two stars eat different foods than him, and generally that is fast food. He then went on to say: "[Dwight] is a fun guy to be around in general. He is the soul of the team, someone who is fun to have in a locker room." The author of the original post has apologized for the misunderstanding, and you know it's August when we're talking about the dining habits of NBA players.
Source: Deadspin
Aug 8 - 6:34 PM

The Rockets have reportedly struck a deal with Kostas Papanikolaou to bring him to the NBA.

Papanikolaou has played for the Greek National team, and European powerhouse Olympiakos, and he will now make the leap to the NBA. The deal is reportedly for two-years, with the second year being a team option. Kostas is a small forward with some decent size, but he's unlikely to become a rotation player during his first NBA season.
Aug 8 - 6:04 PM

Donatas Motiejunas said James Harden and Dwight Howard "even eat separately from the team" and it's "usually in some fast food place."

This summer, Harden has said the Rockets were basically a bunch of role players besides Dwight, and Dwight said the team isn't going to miss Chandler Parsons, so their images aren't exactly suggesting they're team guys. Howard also has been known to enjoy his fair share of sugar, so fast food as a regular part of his diet may not help his longevity.
Aug 8 - 11:03 AM


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