Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

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

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

The Raptors have discussed signing Luc Mbah a Moute, according to Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet.

With the free agent market drying up, Mbah a Moute is one of the more attractive forwards still available. His numbers don't jump off the page, but he's a solid, reliable veteran that would be a solid addition for a competitive team looking to add defense and depth.
Jul 13 - 9:32 AM

Chris Paul described how he came to the decision to leave the Clippers during a recent interview.

"I feel like the last six years we’ve had a great run. I felt like it was not only a good time for change for me, but for the team, too," said Paul. "Everyone says, ‘We get killed. We can’t get there. We just can’t get over the hurdle.’ I felt like it was time for change." Paul is hoping that with a change of scenery he'll finally be able to advance deep into the playoffs, and teaming up with the runner-up to the MVP award should definitely help him accomplish that goal.
Jul 12 - 11:30 AM

Isaiah Taylor was terrific in Monday's Summer League win over the Suns, scoring 18 points with eight assists.

He looked poised with the ball and finished a +15 in his 25 minutes, but this was nothing new for him since he averaged 12.5 points and 8.0 assists in his previous two games. The Rockets have him under contract for the next three years, but they didn't do him any favors by bringing in Chris Paul. As long as James Harden and CP3 are healthy, Taylor will have a tough time cracking the rotation in Houston.
Jul 10 - 9:03 PM

Troy Williams scored 27 points in a 99-94 win over the Suns on Monday to give the Rockets a 2-1 record in the Vegas Summer League.

He shook off a tough start from the field and finished 7-of-18 shots with six boards, one steal, one block and three triples. His energy levels are through the roof and he looks like he's way too good to be out there with averages of 25.0 points in his previous two outings. With Sam Dekker no longer around, Williams has made a strong case to be in the rotation behind Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon on the wings.
Jul 10 - 8:56 PM

Zhou Qi missed all six shots from the field and made both free throws for two points on Saturday, adding three rebounds, one assist, four turnovers, one steal, three blocks and seven fouls in 27 minutes.

After a solid Friday, Qi didn't have it today. He didn't get many clear rim runs and all of his six shots came from outside the arc. Qi is a serious project, so it'll take some time before he's in the NBA getting consistent minutes.
Jul 9 - 12:50 AM

The Rockets and James Harden agreed to a four-year contract extension which will run through the 2022-23 season.

The deal will reportedly go for $228 million under the NBA's new Designated Player Exception. Harden has two more years at $59 million, then he'll waive his player option and have the extension kick in. "Houston is home for me. Mr. Alexander has shown he is fully committed to winning," Harden said. While there are other factors, it's still hard to believe the Rockets added him for just Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin and draft picks.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 8 - 4:19 PM


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