Player News - Rockets

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Patrick Beverley and the Rockets have agreed on a four-year, $25 million deal.

That's quite a payday for a guy who really can't get his own shot and isn't much of a passer, but it's not just about the offensive side for one of the best defensive guards. Beverley was believed to be in serious talks with the Kings, but once again nobody wants the Kings' money. Mr. 94 Feet made just 38.3 percent from the field last season, averaging 10.1 points, 4.2 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 treys. Even with the woeful shooting, he's still worth a look late in fantasy drafts. To be clear, this is a very nice deal for the Rockets.
Jul 3 - 7:05 PM

The Rockets will be re-signing Corey Brewer to a three-year, $24 million deal.

The Knicks, Celtics and Kings could've had a shot, but the Rockets make a great case. He thrives in their system and may have more opportunity next year. Brewer's inconsistency in halfcourt sets will make him tough to own in standard leagues.
Jul 3 - 6:06 PM

The Kings have significant interest in restricted free agent Patrick Beverley.

Someone has to take Vivek Ranadive's money. The Kings are likely going to pursue Rajon Rondo, so Beverley may be the backup plan because the two of them can't play next to each other.
Jul 3 - 12:27 PM

The Knicks are meeting with Corey Brewer on Friday.

The Knicks were 16th in the NBA for percentage of points scored off turnovers and were just 28th in pace, so Brewer wouldn't be a great fit with them. Of course, they could tweak their system, which might not be a bad idea after their horrific 2014-15 season.
Jul 3 - 11:57 AM

The Kings will reportedly meet with Josh Smith on Friday.

Sacramento continues to lose out on the big name free agents, despite the ability to throw plenty of money at them, so it looks like the apparent dysfunction in the Kings front office is steering some perspective free agents away. The Rockets would like to try and re-sign Smith, but that could become tricky depending on the kind of deal Patrick Beverley earns. The Kings have expressed interest in Smith before, and it'll be interesting to see if they can acquire his services via free agency.
Jul 3 - 10:11 AM

The Knicks are reportedly ramping up their pursuit of restricted free agent Patrick Beverley.

According to sources of Alex Kennedy, the two sides are "talking a lot," and the Knicks could make a big offer to Beverley after missing out on Greg Monroe and likely LaMarcus Aldridge. Beverley would likely be the starter in New York, which would push Jose Calderon to the bench, and limit rookie Jerian Grant's opportunities. However, it needs to be noted that the Rockets can match any offer Beverley receives, so they have a major advantage in being able to retain him.
Jul 2 - 2:37 PM

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

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