Player News - Rockets

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Donatas Motiejunas stated in a recent interview that he agreed with Houston's decision to let Chandler Parsons walk.

"[Parsons is] a good player, but would it be logical for management to pay him more than Harden?" Motiejunas said. "I think that alone determined they couldn't keep him. Harden would be the third player on the team and he wouldn't tolerate it." When the Rockets agreed to terms with Trevor Ariza it didn't make much sense for them to also offer Parsons a big-money contract, and that perhaps played into the decision of letting him walk more so than the money issue with Harden, but it's an interesting point brought up by Motiejunas.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 27 - 9:53 AM

Francisco Garcia is getting interest from the Rockets.

His agent said Garcia is looking to play for a championship-caliber team like Houston. The Jazz are also interested in Garcia, so Garcia probably won't be signing with them any time soon. He'll be a backup on the Rockets and would spend time on the wing.
Jul 25 - 9:43 AM

James Harden said that while he and Dwight Howard are the cornerstones of the Rockets, the rest of his teammates are "role players."

Speaking to The Philippine Star, Harden said, '"Dwight [Howard] and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets. The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we'll be fine next season." Harden presumably didn't mean any disrespect with his comments, but he may have some explaining to do with some of his teammates.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 1:18 PM

Patrick Beverley tweeted his frustration regarding being left off the 2014 USA Select Team.

Beverley took to Twitter to express his frustration Thursday morning, "Woke up and was angry. Didn't get picked to play on the USA Select team. Motivation. #rednation." While Beverley may be frustrated that he won't be able to help Team USA prepare for the 2014 World Cup of Basketball, the 26-year-old should have plenty of motivation for the 2014-15 season. Beverley will present fantasy owners with high-upside value towards the later rounds of drafts as he should be able to build upon his 2013-14 averages of 10.2 points, 1.6 three-pointers, 3.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.4 steals with Jeremy Lin now a Laker.
Jul 24 - 10:35 AM

The Rockets signed Clint Capela on Wednesday.

The terms of the deal are not disclosed, but this confirms he won't be going overseas. Capela did not play at summer league and he's a bit of a wild card, but he has some length and has some potential. He'll likely be getting a lot of his run in the D-League.
Jul 23 - 4:33 PM

Rockets sign G Nick Johnson.

He put up about six highlight reel dunks this month and earned his contract with the team. Johnson looks like a nice value pick at 42 in the draft and he'll actually have a chance to get in the rotation. The third year of his deal is a team option.
Jul 22 - 9:25 PM

Trevor Ariza said he joined the Rockets because he was "familiar" with his surroundings.

"I just felt like the fit here was similar to what I had in Washington," Ariza said. It sounds like the Rockets and Wizards offered very similar money, but Ariza went with the four-year, $32 million offer from the Rockets. He's a great fit with Houston's up-tempo, triple-happy offense and he should be able to put up solid numbers.
Jul 21 - 11:36 AM

Donatas Motiejunas double-doubled with 18 points and 13 rebounds on Sunday, helping the Rockets advance to the Summer League tournament finals.

There's nothing at stake beyond pride and player development, but Motiejunas has averaged a healthy 16.7 points on 64.4 percent shooting while helping Houston to a 5-3 record. He has yet to develop reliable 3-point range and his lack of defensive stats are a major obstacle to fantasy value this season, but he deserves close attention in deeper leagues.
Jul 20 - 8:12 PM

Donatas Motiejunas excelled vs. the Hawks in a win on Saturday with 19 points, 13 boards, one assist and two 3-pointers.

He's scored at least 13 points in all seven of his summer-league games. Motiejunas had a couple great games last year during the season, but he's still going to be behind Terrence Jones. He'd likely need an injury in order to be a consistent player in the NBA.
Jul 19 - 8:34 PM

Dwight Howard said losing Chandler Parsons to the Mavericks won't affect the Rockets at all.

"It won't affect us at all," Howard said. "We have the best center and the best two-guard in the game on the same team. It's on us." He's not having a great summer in the publicity department after saying some earlier comments about the Middle East over the past week. Howard might want to just sit the next couple plays out and stop talking for a while.
Jul 19 - 10:02 AM

The Jazz could look to add Francisco Garcia, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

They are reportedly looking to add a shooter or a point guard. If the Jazz do not add a shooter, it will serve as confidence in rookie Rodney Hood, who was impressive in summer league. Garcia probably wouldn't see significant minutes with Utah.
Jul 19 - 9:35 AM

The Rockets have agreed to a 1-year deal with former Phoenix guard Ish Smith, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Smith was waived by Phoenix after the acquisition of guard Isaiah Thomas. The Rockets were in the market for a back up point guard after trading Jeremy Lin to the Lakers, and now Smith will get a chance to fill that void. He averaged 3.7 points, 2.6 assists, and 0.7 steals in 70 games played last season.
Jul 17 - 5:49 PM

FC Barcelona's Kostas Papanikolaou and the Rockets could not agree to terms on a contract and he will stay in Spain next season.

Papanikolaou and the Rockets were thought to be close on an agreement, but contract talks hit a snag and the Greek forward will not be making the leap to the NBA. Reports were that he was offered a 2-year deal worth between $4 and $5 million. The Rockets continually struck out this offseason, missing out on Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and losing Chandler Parsons. Now that the news has come out that Papanikolaou will be staying overseas, this may be another blow to their championship aspirations.
Jul 17 - 3:24 PM

The Suns waived PG Ish Smith on Tuesday.

Smith's $992k salary was on the verge of becoming fully guaranteed, but Phoenix doesn't have a need for him with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and possibly Eric Bledsoe in the backcourt. Smith should be able to earn a backup role with an NBA team, but it's not a certainty.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 15 - 6:36 PM

Houston Rockets sign F Jeff Adrien.

Adrien will sign on a one-year, veteran minimum deal and provide the Rockets with some solid interior depth. The 28-year-old averaged 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in 18.1 minutes per game with the Bucks during the 2013-14 season and has potential if he gets minutes, but his fantasy value is a bit limited as an end-of-rotation player with the Rockets.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 1:49 PM


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