September 21, 2018, 4:36 pmCarmelo Anthony - F - Houston Rockets
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said he wants wants Carmelo Anthony on the floor when P.J. Tucker is off, and vice versa because he sees them both as power forwards.
It was widely assumed that Melo and Tucker would start together but now it appear to not be the case so maybe James Ennis is the starter at the 3. We’ll have to see how his rotation shakes out and if Melo’s staggered minutes coincide with Chris Paul’s. Either way, Melo looks to have a decreased role on offense as James Harden and Chris Paul control the offense.
Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter
September 19, 2018, 9:44 pmBrandon Knight - PG - Houston Rockets
Brandon Knight underwent cleanup surgery on his left knee according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.
CBS Sports and Arizona radio host John Gambadoro reported the same thing back in the beginning of September, so it looks like Knight will not be ready for training camp. His availability for the start of camp was already in doubt and now the worry shifts to his potential availability in the regular season. The Rockets have his position pretty well covered so this won’t have much, if any fantasy impact.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 18, 2018, 6:29 pmChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul was cleared to return "weeks ago" and was a full participant at a recent team get-together in the Bahamas, per David Aldridge.
Paul's injury prevented the Rockets from playing for the championship last year but he was expected to be ready for this season, so consider this confirmation that CP3 is indeed ready to rock. Houston has added some point guards this summer so they might try and dial back on his minutes a bit but he'll remain a top-20 fantasy play.
September 16, 2018, 9:19 pmClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Associate coach Jeff Bzdelik (65), informed the team he's retiring according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Bzdelik was credited with the Rockets improved defense last season. Given the timing of the announcement it's expected that his duties will be spread across the coaching staff for the coming season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 12, 2018, 5:06 pmJames Ennis III - F - Houston Rockets
James Ennis told Alykhan Bijani, of The Athletic, that he would get benched if he does not have a career high in 3-point attempts.
"Coach D'Antoni told me in the meeting that if I don't shoot double or have a career year in 3-point attempts then he's gonna bench me. He wants me to shoot as many threes as possible." This is not too surprising as Ennis is expected to fill the shoes of Trevor Ariza. Carmelo Anthony should not snipe many of Ennis' minutes as Ennis was brought in for his defensive versatility. He's a deep league flier right now but is in the perfect situation to shine.
Source: Alykhan Bijani on The Athletic
September 12, 2018, 8:37 amMarquese Chriss - F - Houston Rockets
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Daryl Morey said that he believes both Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss will fit nicely into the Rockets‘ system.
“Typical kind of transaction we try to do. They can be optimized in our system with Coach D’Antoni,” Morey said of the two incoming players. The Rockets are obviously a very smart organization and even though it’s unclear how many minutes the newcomers will get, D’Antoni’s system will help boost their value. Still, they shouldn’t be in your fantasy radar for now as both are expected to come off the bench.
Source: Mark Berman on Twitter