Player News - Rockets

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According to ESPN, James Harden will be attending Team USA's minicamp in August.

Other big names that are reportedly attending are Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard, Mike Conley, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan and Blake Griffin, but more reports will likely surface throughout the rest of the week. Harden was just named MVP at the first Player's Awards recently, and he figures to play a key role on Team USA in Rio next summer.
Source: ESPN
Jul 26 - 2:32 PM

Marcus Thornton officially signed with the Rockets on Friday.

Thornton wasn't in the rotation in Phoenix last season and saw just 15.0 minutes per game, but his chances of earning playing time won't come any easier in Houston. Thornton is only worth a look in deeper leagues for owners looking for 3-pointers.
Jul 25 - 1:33 PM

Alan Williams has signed a contract to play for Qingdao of the Chinese Basketball Association next season.

Williams is an undrafted center out of UCSB, but he was one of the most impressive players at the Las Vegas Summer League with averages of 20.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. It's possible that an NBA team could snatch him up when the Chinese season ends, but Williams can be ignored in fantasy leagues for now.
Jul 25 - 9:06 AM

K.J. McDaniels three-year, $10 million deal with the Rockets has a team option on the final year of the contract.

As previously stated, it'll take more than a few injuries for McDaniels to get into the rotation in Houston, so he's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 23 - 3:17 PM

Nuggets president Josh Kroenke detailed the teams’ troubles with Ty Lawson during a recent interview.

"Ty … there were times when he was better than others," said Kroenke. "But the problems have been there for several years, going back to when we were having a lot of on-court success. I don’t want to go back too far. There were just a lot of times where you were at practice and you just know. You could smell [the alcohol]. You know there is probably deeper issues than he would probably let on." Hopefully a change of scenery and the winning culture in Houston will help Ty overcome the demons he's dealing with.
Jul 22 - 12:16 PM

Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said that trading away Ty Lawson was a difficult decision.

"It was a tough day," said Connelly. "Ty was a huge part of our success here. He's certainly one of the really talented lead guards. Sometimes a change of scenery is best for both parties. Where we were, it made sense to make the move." Lawson's series of off-court issues eventually became too much for the Nuggets to deal with, but his talent level was never in question. He won't have the ball in his hands quite as much with the Rockets, so his averages of 15.2 points and 9.6 assists per game will likely dip, although his 3-point shooting could be on the rise playing in Houston’s system.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 21 - 6:53 PM

James Harden will be named MVP at the first Players' Awards on Tuesday.

The Players' Awards is a collaboration between the NBPA and BET, and is an awards show in which only NBA players are given the opportunity to vote. He beat out LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook to earn the MVP distinction amongst his peers. Harden had a phenomenal 2014-15 campaign, posting averages of 27.4 points, 7.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 2.6 three-pointers, 1.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 4.0 turnovers per game. He'll be worth a top-3 selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Jul 21 - 6:23 PM

The Rockets officially re-signed restricted free agent K.J. McDaniels on Tuesday.

As long as James Harden, Trevor Ariza, and Corey Brewer are healthy, it'll be tough for McDaniels to get any meaningful playing time in Houston. He's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 21 - 5:11 PM

Ty Lawson has agreed as condition of the trade to the Rockets to make the final year of his contract non-guaranteed.

The final year of his deal is 2016-17, so that means the Rockets will have the option to keep Lawson on his set contract value. However, if things don't go well, they can essentially cut their losses and not have it affect their salary cap. The reward clearly outweighs the risk for the Rockets.
Jul 20 - 5:29 PM

With the arrival of Ty Lawson in Houston, Patrick Beverley could shift to a reserve role with the Rockets.

As a starter for the Rockets last season, Beverley was only able to compile averages of 10.1 points, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 three-pointers per game on 38.3 percent shooting from the field over 30.8 minutes of action. The impending reduction in minutes will cause those numbers to dip, so he's not looking like a guy that will be worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues next season.
Jul 19 - 11:15 PM

With the Rockets sending away two guards in the Ty Lawson trade, it's now even more likely that Jason Terry re-signs with Houston during free agency, according to sources of Marc Stein.

The Rockets have long been rumored to be the frontrunners for retaining Terry's services, so it would be surprising if he signs elsewhere. He's a glue guy in the locker room, but after averaging just 7.0 points and 1.6 three-pointers with the Rockets last season, he can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Jul 19 - 10:37 PM

The Nuggets have reportedly agreed to a trade that will send Ty Lawson to the Rockets.

The Rockets will send over a 2016 protected first-round pick to Denver in addition to Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey and Nick Johnson in exchange for Lawson and a 2017 protected second-round selection. Emmanuel Mudiay will now be the starting point guard in Denver, so his value gets a major boost with this news. Patrick Beverley, on the other hand, will likely come off the bench in Houston, so his value takes a pretty big hit with the arrival of Lawson. The Rockets are getting Lawson at a ridiculous discount, and it'll be interesting to see how James Harden and Lawson can co-exist. He won't have the ball in his hands quite as much playing alongside Dwight Howard and Harden, so his fantasy value will take a bit of a hit in Houston.

The Rockets are reportedly in "advanced discussions" on a trade to acquire Ty Lawson from the Nuggets.

It's no secret that Denver would like to move on from Lawson, and it looks like the Rockets are eager to pounce on that opportunity. If Lawson does wind up in Houston, Emmanuel Mudiay would become the starting point guard in Denver, while Patrick Beverley would shift to a reserve role in Houston. Lawson wouldn't have the ball in his hands quite as much playing next to James Harden, so his numbers could take a minor hit playing in Houston.
Jul 19 - 9:15 PM

K.J. McDaniels and the Rockets have agreed on a three-year, $10 million deal.

The deal reportedly doesn't include a player option. McDaniels' 2014-15 season ended with a fractured elbow but he'll be ready for training camp, where he'll vie for minutes in a crowded wing rotation that includes James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, Marcus Thornton and rookie Sam Dekker. McDaniels wasn't a fantasy option after being traded to Houston last season and we don't expect reliable value this year, either.
Jul 19 - 2:33 PM

Montrezl Harrell finished his Summer League on a high note on Friday against the 76ers, scoring 24 points with 12 rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes.

He slipped out of the first round to pick No. 32 and has made it very clear he has first-round talent. Harrell is right up Houston's alley at power forward because he thrives at getting close-range shots. Coach Kevin McHale also has a propensity to play pure fours like Harrell at the five, so that's another avenue for minutes. Still, he's behind Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas and Clint Capela for minutes.
Jul 17 - 6:42 PM

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