Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

Chuck Hayes will not be joining the Houston Rockets, according to his agent.

While Hayes had reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockets, his agent said that his client will not sign with the team due to salary cap issues. The Rockets want Hayes to join their coaching staff, but the 32-year-old still wants to play. We'll keep an eye on Hayes' situation, but fantasy can feel free to ignore the Chuck Wagon as doesn't provide any fantasy value.
Aug 27 - 12:04 PM

Terrence Jones is unlikely to sign an extension with the Rockets this offseason.

Houston has a track record of letting guys establish their market value via free agency, and given that Jones is coming off a bit of a down year, it wouldn't make much sense for him to lock in to a long term extension now. A nerve issue in Jones' right leg limited him to just 33 games last season, but he was impressive once he got into the flow of things, averaging 13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a starter. He'll look to build upon those averages heading into a contract year, and he could make for a mid-round steal on draft day.
Aug 26 - 10:34 AM

Alan Williams, who recently signed a contract with Qingdao in China, said that he was "shocked" that he didn't get an NBA offer.

"I guess I was kind of shocked. I was confused why I didn't have some guaranteed offers," Williams said. "I know nothing is promised. I wasn't upset. I just thought, 'It's part of the plan.' The goal is to play basketball and at the end of the day, I get to get paid to do what I love to do and travel a bit. While I'm young, I can grow as a player and a man." Williams went undrafted out of UCSB, but he was one of the most dominant players during the summer league with averages of 20.5 points and 11.5 boards. We will keep an eye on his progress moving forward, and he should definitely get another crack at the NBA in the near future.
Aug 22 - 10:34 AM

Jason Terry said that James Harden was "all over him" during free agency, and that Harden wasn't going to let Terry go anywhere as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"No question, he was all over me," Terry said. "[Harden] basically wasn’t letting me go anywhere. That was tough for me knowing how important I am to his growth and his development. You’re not the main guy, but the main guy needs you. It makes it a lot easier to come back." Terry said that he turned down a more lucrative deal from New Orleans in order to return to Houston, and he'll resume his role as a veteran leader for the Rockets. However, the addition of Ty Lawson will lead to even fewer minutes for JET, so he can be ignored in most leagues on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 20 - 6:09 PM

The Houston Rockets are in talks to sign Montrezl Harrell.

The Rockets are still looking to sign their second-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, but the discussions haven't progressed to an agreement just yet. While Harrell has some upside, he won't have much more than deep-league fantasy value once he signs as he'll be stuck behind Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas, and Clint Capela.
Source: ESPN
Aug 20 - 9:33 AM

Jason Terry has reportedly told the Rockets he'll return to the team on a one-year deal.

Terry had been mulling an offer from the New Orleans Hornets, but will return to Houston for the veteran's minimum. While the 37-year-old helps provide the Rockets with veteran backcourt depth, he won't help fantasy owners in standard leagues after averaging just 21.3 minutes per game last season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 20 - 9:04 AM

Jason Terry has reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Rockets on a one-year contract.

The Pelicans need a backup PG and they reportedly had an offer on the table, but Terry opted to stay in Houston as part of a deep backcourt that includes James Harden, Ty Lawson, Patrick Beverley and Marcus Thornton. The veteran combo guard will be lucky to reach the 21.3 minutes he averaged last season, ensuring that he won't help fantasy owners in standard leagues.

Ty Lawson has finished his 30-day stint at a rehab clinic in California, according to this agent.

Lawson completed his 30-day court-ordered alcohol rehab stint on Monday, according to his agent, Happy Walters. Despite two DUI arrests in the past seven months, new teammate James Harden isn't worried about Lawson. "He's more focused than ever," Harden said. "He has a great opportunity with a really good team to showcase his talents and help us with that next push that we need." We'll keep an eye on Lawson's situtaiton as he heads into training camp, but he should have no trouble providing mid-round fantasy value alongside Harden.
Aug 18 - 9:44 AM

James Harden said that he could see Patrick Beverley playing alongside Ty Lawson.

"We have a lot of guys that are versatile," Harden said. "We can have Ty Lawson handle the basketball, play Pat [Beverley] off the ball. You can play them together. We have a lot of different lineups, a lot of options with this team. I’ve very excited to see how it all is going to pan out. Good things are going to happen." Beverley is expected to come off the bench with Lawson in town, but he could still have a decent role if Houston decides to play a lot of small ball. As of right now, Beverley is more of a deep league option.
Aug 16 - 10:44 AM

James Harden said he is dealing with a sore left ankle, but it's expected to be very minor and he said that he wasn't concerned.

He was getting some treatment on his ankle prior to participating in a camp with some kids, but there is no reason to be worried at all. Harden is $200 million richer after signing with Adidas and gets to look forward to playing with Ty Lawson this season, so it's obviously been a good summer for him. Harden will be an easy top-3 pick in most drafts.
Aug 15 - 2:39 PM

James Harden said that he has spent some time with Ty Lawson in the last couple of weeks and said that he is more focused than ever.

Harden also added that Lawson's quickness and playmaking will give the Rockets something they haven't had in the past, so it's obvious that he is excited about teaming up with him. Lawson recently made it through a rehab program for alcohol addiction and could thrive in Houston's winning culture, so he is worth a selection in the middle rounds.
Aug 15 - 1:40 PM

Ty Lawson is expected to take part in JaVale McGee's celebrity softball game for charity on Saturday which suggests that he has finished his alcohol rehab program.

This is great news for Lawson and all reports that we received suggested that he handled rehab very well. He does have a couple of pending court cases, so we will update his status once we know more. With Lawson expected to start at point guard in Houston, he could be a nice value pick in the middle rounds of drafts if he can manage to stay out of trouble.
Aug 15 - 9:22 AM

Charles Barkley praised the Knicks' offseason moves and said that they deserve some games on national television this year.

"I actually disagree with all the criticism that people are giving the Knicks. I think the Knicks should be on national television this year. They actually got NBA players,’’ Barkley said on NBA TV. "Robin Lopez is an NBA player, Arron Afflalo is an NBA player, Jerian Grant is an NBA player. That’s three NBA players that they did not have last year. And they're going to get Carmelo [Anthony] back. [Kristaps] Porzingis is going to be a good player, maybe not right now, but he's going to be a good player." Barkley has been particularly harsh on the Knicks in recent years, but this goes to show that despite not landing a marquee free agent, New York made some decent moves this summer and should be a lot more competitive this season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 14 - 9:34 AM

James Harden has signed a 13-year, $200 million deal with Adidas.

Harden's agent, Rob Pelinka, announced the deal on Thursday after Nike informed him that they would not be matching the offer. The deal officially begins on October 1 and it's possible that Harden will earn more money annually from Adidas than from the Houston Rockets. Harden will likely have more of a catch-and-shoot role with Ty Lawson in town, but he's still worth a top-three pick in all fantasy formats.
Source: ESPN
Aug 13 - 12:55 PM

James Harden scored 37 points in the 2015 Drew League Championship Game en route to a title.

He has been in the news this month because Adidas is reportedly trying to sign him to a $200 million deal to leave Nike. Harden will have a slightly different role with Ty Lawson around, but he should have a similar approach. Even though Harden was second in points per game, he ranked just 27th in the NBA in time of possession with the basketball last season.
Aug 10 - 6:40 PM


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