Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

Corey Brewer said he expects James Harden to play better defense this upcoming season.

"I think this year he's going to play better defense," Brewer said of Harden. "We're going to let the past be in the past. It's the future of the Rockets, man. James is going to play defense this year." Whether or not this statement holds true, Harden will make for an excellent top-3 selection on draft day as he figures to see a bump in production running in Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo offense.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 3:50 PM

James Harden has organized a players-only minicamp scheduled for next week.

He did the same thing last year during September, but it didn't really work out for one of the most dysfunctional teams last season. Corey Brewer said Harden is doing "everything" and is showing he wants to be a leader. With coach Mike D'Antoni taking over, Harden could have his best season ever as arguably the top pick in fantasy leagues.
Source: FOX 26
Aug 24 - 5:56 PM

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey thinks James Harden will benefit from the addition of new head coach Mike D'Antoni.

Harden is already a top player, but Morey thinks he can get even better under D'Antoni. "I think the fit is excellent," Morey said of D’Antoni and Harden working together. "They had a strong relationship from USA Basketball and their basketball philosophies mesh very well." As the focal point of D'Antoni's up-temp system, Harden could challenge for the No. 1 overall spot in fantasy hoops.
Aug 23 - 12:00 PM

Isaiah Taylor has been invited to the Rockets' training camp.

The Rockets are in need of a third-string PG behind Patrick Beverley and Pablo Prigioni, though Taylor will likely have to outplay Gary Payton II to make the 15-man roster. The undrafted PG out of Texas averaged 15.0 points and 5.0 assists during his junior season.
Aug 20 - 10:14 AM

Nene scored a game-high 19 points during an 86-69 win over Nigeria on Monday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 24 minutes.

He's looked outstanding in his home country, but it still might not be enough for Brazil to advance. If both Croatia and Spain pick up wins, the Brazilians would be left out of the quarterfinals. As for Nene, he's not expected to have a major impact with the Rockets next year with coach Mike D'Antoni limiting his minutes.
Aug 15 - 3:06 PM

Nene went off for 24 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and four turnovers on 11-of-17 shooting in 38.5 big minutes, but Brazil still fell to Argentina in double overtime by a 111-107 score on Saturday.

Washington fans are likely wondering where this version of Nene has been for the last several years, but that's a moot point now that he's taking off from Houston. No matter what the veteran big man does on the international stage, he's not a recommended target in fantasy leagues.
Aug 13 - 4:09 PM

Nene scored 11 points during Sunday's loss to Lithuania, to go with a game-high eight boards, two assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.

Nene came up with some crucial boards late to help Brazil stay in the game, but ultimately, the 30-point deficit was too much to overcome for Team Brazil. Nene will be backing up Clint Capela at the center-spot in Houston this upcoming season, so he's firmly off the radar in standard fantasy leagues. Raul Neto put up 14 points, two assists, one triple, one steal and one turnover, but he too will be a non-factor in most leagues this upcoming season as the fourth-string point guard in Utah.
Aug 7 - 3:28 PM

Zhou Qi played 16 minutes against the United States on Saturday, scoring three points with one rebound, one steal and one block.

His block was a nice one against DeMarcus Cousins on a post-up play. Qi has a 7'8" wingspan on his 7'2" frame, but the No. 43 pick is not expected to play for the Rockets this year. Back in June, general manager Daryl Morey said he wasn't sure on Qi's status as a possible stash.
Aug 6 - 8:06 PM

Andrew Goudelock has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to Sportando.

Goudelock was thought to have had a deal in Turkey, but the 27-year-old now looks to be headed to Israel for the 2016-17 season. While he could end up back in the NBA at some point, Goudelock is firmly off the fantasy radar.
Source: Sportando
Aug 2 - 9:58 AM

The Rockets have guaranteed Michael Beasley's $1.4 million salary for the 2016-17 season.

He exceeded expectations in Houston last season, averaging 12.8 points and 4.9 boards in just 18.2 minutes per game, and he also shot an impressive 52.2 percent from the field. The Rockets moved on from Terrence Jones this summer, but the acquisition of Ryan Anderson hurts Beasley's outlook. If the Rockets re-sign Donatas Motiejunas, Beasley won't have much fantasy value next season.
Aug 1 - 9:11 AM

Kevin Durant said that James Harden doesn't get the respect he deserves.

"Nobody really appreciates what he does except for the players in our league," Durant said. "Everybody on the outside doesn't really appreciate what he brings. Anybody that can put up 29 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and not make the All-NBA team, that's like a sin." There's a plethora of talent at the guard position in the NBA, but one could argue that perhaps Harden should have made the Third Team over Klay Thompson. In 8-cat leagues, Harden and Russell Westbrook will likely be competing for the No. 1 spot in fantasy hoops.
Jul 31 - 4:03 PM

Rockets sign G Pablo Prigioni.

It's a two-year deal with a team option on the second year. Prigioni is 39 years old and played in 59 games last year for the Clippers. He won't have much fantasy value.
Jul 29 - 6:07 PM

Glen Rice Jr. was arrested for robbery Monday morning in Georgia.

According to TMZ: "Rice was booked at 6:37 AM this morning for felony robbery, aggravated battery and possession of marijuana. He has since been released from custody."
Source: TMZ.com
Jul 25 - 8:06 PM

James Harden expressed confidence that he'll thrive in Mike D'Antoni's system.

"We've communicated several times a week," he said. "You know, it's going to work. I'm really excited about it because he's prepared. He's prepared, he's given me knowledge, he's given me things where I can fit into his offense and what he's trying to do." Harden also believes Houston's roster improvements will allow him to give a greater effort on defense, but we'll believe that when we see it. Regardless, The Beard should enter the 2016-17 campaign as a consensus top-3 fantasy option.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 10:29 AM

Bobby Brown has signed a training camp deal with the Houston Rockets.

Brown has had stints with the Wolves, Kings, Pelicans and Clippers, but he has been playing in China for a few years and spent last season in Turkey with Besiktas. The Rockets only have Patrick Beverley and Pablo Prigioni at point guard right now, so Brown has a slight chance to make the final roster.
Jul 24 - 9:22 AM


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