Player News - Rockets

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Undrafted Duke PG Trevon Duval has agreed to join the Houston Rockets for summer league, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

Duval was a highly-touted prospect coming out of high school last summer but did not live up to expectations at Duke. He averaged 10.3 points, 5.6 assists and 1.5 steals in 29.8 minutes per game as a freshman. He does have decent size for a PG (6’2.5 in shoes) and a mammoth 6’8.25 wingspan, but will likely have to prove himself in the G-League to get a crack at the NBA.
Jun 22 - 12:15 PM

The Jazz selected Vince Edwards with the 52nd overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, and traded him to the Houston Rockets.

Edwards started all 35 games for Purdue last season as a senior, averaging 14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 treys and 0.6 blocks, while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor, 39.8 percent from downtown and 83.3 percent from the free-throw stripe.
Jun 21 - 11:47 PM

The Rockets picked De'Anthony Melton with the 46th pick in the draft on Thursday.

He did not play in his sophomore season due to an investigation regarding his eligibility at USC after a close family friend was linked to a bribery scandal. Melton eventually withdrew in February and started to prepare for the NBA Draft. In his freshman season, Melton thrived in transition and was a pesky defender with his 1.9 steals per game, adding averages of 8.3 points, 4.7 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 treys. Melton has the size and skill to handle the ball at 6’4", but he’ll need to work on his shooting.
Jun 21 - 11:31 PM

De'Anthony Melton will work out for the Jazz on Sunday, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Melton is an excellent athlete, but his offense lags behind his top-tier defense at this stage of his development. He didn’t play during his sophomore season, as USC deemed him ineligible during the FBI’s ongoing NCAA probe. Melton will likely land in the late first or early second-round.
Jun 16 - 11:05 AM

Unrestricted free agent Trevor Ariza could take a pay cut to join the Warriors this summer, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

He's going to turn 33 the day before free agency starts, and Ariza has been making money in the league since 2004. Ariza would have to fit into the mid-level exception for the Warriors, which means he likely wouldn't be able to match his $7.4 million from last year even with the salary cap increase. If Houston reels in a big fish, Ariza could want to join a title contender.
Jun 8 - 6:24 PM

K.J. McDaniels is one of the veteran free agents working out for the Blazers this week.

McDaniels appeared in 20 games for the Nets in 2016-17 and averaged 6.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.7 minutes. However, he was unable to land a roster spot in the NBA last season, and ended up spending time in the G-League.
Jun 5 - 12:01 PM

The Rockets will likely need to offer Chris Paul a max contract if they want to re-sign him, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Woj, speaking on his podcast, said: "When the Rockets made that deal for Chris Paul, knowing they would re-sign him, they made a conscious decision that they were gonna have to live with [paying him] $46, $47 million a year salary when he’s not nearly the player anymore in his late 30's." Wojnarowski added that CP3 "didn’t turn down $200 million from the Clippers because he thought that somehow the Rockets were gonna talk him into saving them luxury tax money. I don’t imagine it playing out that way."
Jun 5 - 11:14 AM

Rockets GM Daryl Morey said Chris Paul will be definitely be back in Houston next season.

"He took it the hardest [the loss to Golden State], I thought, because he knew if he hadn't had the unfortunate injury, he's dragging us the last [way to the Finals]," Morey added. Paul has already begun to recruit LeBron James, and you have to wonder if CP3 will consider playing on a discount so the Rockets can re-sign Clint Capela as well. Now 33, Paul probably still has a few elite years left.
May 31 - 10:50 AM

Rockets GM Daryl Morey and coach Mike D'Antoni hope to retain their team's current core, which would entail re-signing free agents Chris Paul and Clint Capela.

Capela is expected to command a high annual salary but Houston can match any offer for their restricted free agent. The list of unrestricted free agents includes CP3, Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Moute, Gerald Green, Joe Johnson and Tarik Black. Morey acknowledged the lofty price-tag for keeping the team intact, saying, "We have an expensive team. [Owner Tilman Fertitta] has for sure signed off for that." He's hoping that the team's success will entice free agents to Houston, as they won 65 regular-season games and fell one win short of the NBA Finals.
May 30 - 8:24 PM

Chris Paul "has already begun his recruitment" of LeBron James to the Rockets, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

The Banana Boat crew could be getting back together, but obviously we have a long way to go here. Earlier in 2018, the Rockets were the Vegas favorite to land LeBron, but their odds have dropped to third behind Cleveland and the 76ers. As for Paul, he'll be recovering from his hamstring strain and should be 100 percent for camp next year. He, James Harden and general manager Daryl Morey are expected to talk a lot this summer.
Source: NY Times
May 30 - 5:46 PM

Alessandro Gentile will have surgery to repair a fracture in his right hand.

He won't be able to play in Las Vegas and he will miss the FIBA qualifiers over the summer, as well. Gentile is a draft-and-stash player for the Rockets and did previously commit to playing in Vegas earlier this season. He likely won't be coming over next year either.
Source: Sportando
May 30 - 4:38 PM

P.J. Tucker played in Game 7 after three root canals.

He did not even tell his teammates before he played 42 minutes, scoring eight points with nine rebounds and two 3-pointers. Tucker turned out to be a wonderful pickup for the Rockets this year and he has three more years left on his deal. He has more value in reality than in fantasy.
May 30 - 3:34 PM

Joe Johnson said that he plans to continue playing next season and would be interested in re-signing with the Rockets.

Johnson averaged a career-low 6.8 points and 1.5 assists in 21.9 minutes per game in 2017-18, but should still be able to contribute in limited minutes off the bench next season. "Hell yeah, I want to keep rolling," Johnson said after Monday's Game 7 loss. "I'm not even thinking about [retiring]. I would love to have a chance to win a ring. I want to go to a contender. I don't want to just be out here playing just to be playing."
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 11:02 AM

Clint Capela dominated on Monday with 20 points, nine rebounds and two steals, but the Rockets still dropped Game 7 to Golden State.

Capela was 9-of-10 from the field, but he was hacked a few times and wasn't able to punish the Warriors at the free throw line (2-of-6 FTs). Capela is a rising star for the Rockets and will become a restricted free agent this summer, so don't be surprised if some max offers are in his future. We'd expect the Rockets to retain him, though it will be extremely difficult if they are somehow able to sign LeBron James and bring back Chris Paul. He'll be a beast in real life and in fantasy wherever he lands.
May 28 - 11:55 PM

James Harden's 32 points weren't enough as the Rockets fell to the Warriors in Game 7, adding six rebounds, six assists, four steals, one block and two triples on 12-of-29 shooting.

The Rockets were in cruise control heading into halftime, but couldn't buy a basket in the third quarter -- they even missed 27 straight triples at one point, the most consecutive 3s missed in NBA history. Harden struggled shooting the ball all series, missing 59 total 3-pointers -- that's 11 more than any other player has ever missed in a single playoff series. If they have a strong offseason, Houston should get another shot at taking down the Warriors in 2018-19 -- Chris Paul and Clint Capela are free agents and the Rockets are expected to make a push to lure LeBron James to Houston.
May 28 - 11:51 PM


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