Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

The Rockets will sign Chris Johnson on Friday.

It's a partially guaranteed deal for the former Rio Grand Valley Viper. Johnson did play for the Jazz in 2015-16 and logged playing time in 70 games. He's not a lock to make the Rockets roster.
Sep 21 - 3:41 PM

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has agreed to sell the team to Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta for an NBA record sales price of $2.2 billion.

Alexander, who bought the Rockets for $85 million back in 1993, will turn an incredible profit, as the value of sports franchises continues to skyrocket.
Sep 5 - 9:52 AM

Rockets draft-and-stash pick Sergio Llull (injured ACL) has been ruled out for EuroBasket and Euroleague.

Llull was initially drafted in 2009 but he's opted to remain overseas, and a few years ago he signed a long-term extension to stay with Real Madrid through 2021. Houston has expressed interest in him in the past, but with Chris Paul and James Harden dominating the ball he was an unlikely near-term fit.
Aug 9 - 8:11 PM

The Rockets are expected to keep Isaiah Hartenstein in the G-League next season.

The 43rd pick in the draft was originally expected to stay overseas for a year, but this will give the Rockets a chance to keep a closer eye on his development. He's only 19 and has great size with a 7'1" frame, but the young center will be off the fantasy radar as a rookie.
Jul 31 - 10:40 AM

The Rockets have signed G Demetrius Jackson to a two-way contract, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

Jackson averaged 9.3 points, 4.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals for the Celtics during Las Vegas Summer League action. However, he was waived by Boston on July 15th, as the C's needed to clear cap space. Jackson can be ignored in all fantasy formats, as he'll have a very tough time cracking the rotation in Houston.
Jul 29 - 9:58 AM

Troy Williams has agreed to a 3-year deal to stay with the Houston Rockets.

The first year of the deal is fully guaranteed, but he will have to earn the second and third seasons. Williams played well in stints with the Rockets and Grizzlies last season, but he really made an impression in Vegas during the Summer League with averages of 22.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.4 treys. The 22-year-old wing looks like he's ready to contribute next season, so he'll be in the mix to fill the void left by Sam Dekker.
Jul 20 - 1:13 PM

The Rockets and free agent G Bobby Brown have agreed to a deal, according to David Pick.

Brown returned to the NBA with Houston last season, averaging 4.9 minutes in 25 appearances. The 32-year-old guard will be fighting for a roster spot this offseason, but even if he makes the cut he won't have any fantasy appeal.
Jul 19 - 10:35 PM

Dikembe Mutombo is working on putting a group together to make a bid to buy the Rockets.

"I'm just talking to the people who can cut the check and they can make me be part of it, " said Mutombo. "I'm working on that. A lot of people think it's a great thing, it's a great opportunity. Now it's just a question of the number. There's going to be a lot of discussion and a lot of cash." Prior to signing James Harden to a massive extension and wooing away Chris Paul from Los Angeles, the Rockets were valued by Forbes at $1.65 billion, so Mutombo will need to scrape together quite a bit of cash to make a realistic proposal.
Jul 19 - 11:53 AM

Rockets' CEO Tad Brown announced on Monday that owner Leslie Alexander has put the team up for sale.

Alexander bought the team for $85 million back in 1993, and Forbes recently valued the franchise at roughly $1.65 billion, so he figures to get a very nice return on investment here. The Clippers sold for $2 billion back in 2014, and more recently we saw smaller market teams such as the Bucks ($550 million in 2014) and Hawks ($850 million in 2015) sell for less, but considering the Rockets (a big market franchise) just landed Chris Paul and inked both James Harden and Daryl Morey to long-term extensions, this team will likely sell closer to that $2 billion figure.
Jul 17 - 3:51 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Rockets.

Mbah a Moute will provide Houston with some emergency depth at the forward spots, but he won't be getting enough consistent minutes to make a difference in fantasy hoops. It's reportedly a one-year deal for the minimum, so Mbah a Moute will again be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Jul 16 - 5:44 PM

James Harden said he plans on staying with the Rockets for the rest of his career.

"I know where I want to be," He said. "I know where I want to retire ultimately and where I want to win a championship. Everything is going to happen here in Houston, and that’s the reason I’m here forever." After adding on four years to his deal worth $228 million, he will be under contract through the 2022-23 season and won't be a free agent until he's 33. Harden will spend more time off the ball with Chris Paul in town, but coach Mike D'Antoni hinted that he will stagger them as much as possible -- expect at least one of them to be on the floor at all times in close games. His value might take a small hit, but he's still a no-brainer pick in the first round.
Source: ESPN
Jul 16 - 12:44 PM

Celtics waive G Demetrius Jackson.

He had a roster guarantee coming up today and the Celtics waive him with a few hours to spare, but the Celtics will just eat the partial guarantee of $650,000, and you could say Jackson was arguably better in his rookie summer league. This move also opens up a roster spot for a rookie or one of the overseas guys.
Jul 15 - 3:10 PM

Zhou Qi scored five points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer against the Hawks on Friday.

After an eye-catching start in Vegas, Qi never really got it going. He was a step late on defense and he couldn't really do much when he had the ball in his hands. He's a project and will likely be down in the G League for most of his upcoming season.
Jul 14 - 5:53 PM

The Rockets have agreed to terms with Tarik Black, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Presumably, this will be a minimum deal because the Rockets won't want it to affect their cap number. They are going to need some depth at center after they unloaded Montrezl Harrell in the Chris Paul trade. Black almost certainly won't be in the rotation while Nene and Clint Capela are healthy.
Jul 14 - 5:17 PM

The Clippers are "still engaged" with free agent Luc Mbah a Moute, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

The Clippers signed Danilo Gallinari this summer, but could still certainly use Mbah a Moute as depth off the bench. Mbah a Moute provided L.A. with solid defense while averaging 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 22.3 minutes per game last season. He can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 14 - 9:20 AM

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