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  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    For all the changes to the Rockets since last season, with the departure of head coach Mike D’Antoni and GM Daryl Morey, owner Tilman Fertitta said on Tuesday that the stars of his roster will remain.

    “This is still our window, the next couple years,” Fertitta said. “James and Russell are in their early 30s. We’re not blowing up anything. We plan on contending.” The Rockets have almost 90 percent of their salary tied to Harden, Westbrook and Eric Gordon, giving them very little flexibility on what they can do this offseason. Newly appointed GM Rafael Stone will be busy trying to add pieces to a roster full of veterans but the main question seems to be which coach the Rockets hire and what style of basketball they are gong to play moving forward.

    Source: Houston Chronicle

  • Jeff Green
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Jeff Green is expected to receive interest "from a slew of contending teams" in free agency, per Shams Charania.

    Green's season started off terribly with the Jazz but he found new life as a small-ball center in Houston. He can still be an effective role player but this situation screams of "buyer beware" given Green's hot shooting with the Rockets and his career track record as a lackluster floor-spacer. It's possible that he really is improving as a 3-point threat, but not to the degree that he showed under Mike D'Antoni — who has a long history of elevating role players to the best versions of themselves, by the way. Green is highly unlikely to hold fantasy value next season but he will add to some team's depth in a meaningful way.

    Source: The Athletic

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Feigen have both reported that GM Daryl Morey will be stepping down from his role with the Houston Rockets.

    This comes as a slight surprise, but Morey was already on the hot seat after sending a "Free Hong Kong" tweet in the preseason. Coupled with the lack of success this season and the fact that owner Tilman Fertitta is far too hands on, Morey has decided to step down from his duties. The Rockets are promoting Executive VP of Basketball Operations, Rafael Stone as their next GM. Stone played a part in the Rockets' team building throughout the years, but with this news, anything is on the table with the Rockets.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Adrian Wojnarowski reports Jeff Van Gundy met with the Rockets on Wednesday to discuss the team's head coaching position.

    Woj reported the two parties will have further conversations regarding the position on Thursday. The Rockets seem to be considering a wide swath of candidates for the job and it's unclear if any currently have the upper hand. The multi-day interview they are affording Van Gundy can certainly be seen as a positive sign for his prospects.

    Source: Woj on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets will reportedly interview former coach Jeff Van Gundy this week in the continuing search to fill their head coaching vacancy.

    Van Gundy previously served as the Rockets' head coach from 2003 to 2007. His name is often thrown around when teams are in search of a new coach, but it seems he's being given a legitimate shot at returning to the profession. The Rockets are also expected to interview Tyronn Lue today as well.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen for The Houston Chronicle

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets' player development coach John Lucas has emerged as a candidate to take over the team's head coaching vacancy, per Marc Stein.

    Lucas has been with the Rockets for four years and has a strong working relationship with both James Harden and Russell Westbrook according to Stein. He played in the league from 1976 to 1990, playing his final season in Houston. Several big coaching names still remain on the market, but the Rockets may make the technocratic choice and promote Lucas from within.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets and Pelicans will be among the teams to speak with Ty Lue about their head coaching vacancies, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The Rockets have already spoken to Wolves assistant David Vanterpool, whose name has been in the rumor mill over the last couple of seasons. Lue is one of the hottest names on the coaching market right now but may not have to house-hunt, as the current Clippers assistant is said to be a prominent player in their search to replace Doc Rivers. The Rockets may be the most interesting coaching situation out there, as they have a roster that's been built to play in a specific way; a way that many coaches don't have experience with.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Rockets have gotten permission to interview some assistant coaches for their opening at head coach including Denver's Wes Unseld Jr. and Dallas' Stephen Silas.

    The Rockets are looking for a new coach after the team parted ways with Mike D'Antoni. There have been other names floated out there including Doc Rivers, who recently parted ways with the Clippers. Stay tuned as the coaching carousel continues.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • James Harden
    Team, Houston Rockets

    According to a report, the Rockets have interest in Doc Rivers as they continue their search for a head coach.

    Mike D'Antoni will not be back next year, and rumors have swirled around candidates such as Jeff Van Gundy. However, Rivers could be a possibility now that he will not return to the Clippers. Rivers held a regular season record of 356-208 during his tenure with the Clippers.

    Source: Houston Chronicle

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Mike D'Antoni has informed the Rockets he won't be returning next season.

    D'Antoni is a coaching free agent who turned down extension offers prior to this season, and that situation had been quietly looming over the Houston campaign that ended on Saturday. Multiple outlets have reported that the Pacers would have interest in D'Antoni, while Woj connects him to the Sixers and Kevin O'Connor has linked him to the Pelicans. As for the Rockets, they have perhaps the most unique roster in the entire league and management has a specific vision for how they should play. Assuming they don't deviate too far from that, it's a coaching job that will require most mainstream candidates to embrace a different style of play than they've practiced elsewhere. Yahoo's Chris Haynes has already mentioned Tyronn Lue as a potential option for Houston.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Speaking after Saturday's Game 5 defeat, Russell Westbrook said that his right quad still isn't 100% healed.

    While Westbrook took a beating from media and fans for a pretty ugly playoff run, he clearly wasn't at full strength. A positive COVID-19 diagnosis put him behind the eight ball and the quad injury prevented him from getting into rhythm. He was notably trying to force things in his first couple of playoff games, and while the Rockets escaped the first round, an out-of-whack Westbrook was a huge negative against an elite Lakers outfit. His flaws as a player have never been more apparent and Westbrook figures to use the current discourse as a huge motivator for next year. You can say whatever you'd like about his game, but Westbrook always goes full tilt and owns mistakes.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Sam Amick of The Athletic reports that Mike D'Antoni has not ruled out a return to the Rockets next season, though it is most likely that he heads elsewhere.

    D'Antoni wants to coach somewhere next season whether that's Houston or another team, but him leaving after a disappointing playoff exit isn't the lock it once was. He reportedly has the support of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but D'Antoni's relationship with the organization is under question after contract negotiations in 2019 broke down and never really picked up again. Amick adds that the Pacers have some interest in D'Antoni, and that Jeff Van Gundy would be a "serious candidate" for any vacancy in Houston.

    Source: The Athletc

  • Jeff Green
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Jeff Green led all Rockets reserves on Saturday with 25 minutes and 13 points (3-of-9 FG, 6-of-6 FT), two rebounds, one triple and two blocks as the Rockets fell to the Lakers.

    Green has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's been one of the Rockets' best on-the-cheap acquisitions this season. He's performed admirably over the course of the NBA restart and the playoffs that followed, providing the team with a spark of stable offense off the bench.

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook was an utter disaster in Game 5 on Saturday, going 4-for-13 from the field and 2-for-6 at the free throw line to end the night with 10 points, four rebounds, six assists and two steals.

    Westbrook simply could not get things going on the offensive end for the Rockets. That said, credit does have to also go to the Lakers as his defenders stayed in his face the whole time. While the Rockets did manage to squeeze past the Thunder and Chris Paul, their inability to secure more than one game in this series against the Lakers begs the question as to whether or not trading for Westbrook over the offseason was the best move for the franchise. By the result, it does not seem like it was. Time will tell and his hefty contract will surely take its toll on the Rockets' bankroll for sure. The Rockets are a good team and it looks like some major changes need to be made before they can transcend to becoming a "great" one.

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    James Harden was the only Rocket who had his boosters attached on right on Saturday, leading his team with 30 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 at the line in a 96-119 loss to the Lakers in Game 5.

    The Rockets' playoff hopes have now been doused, but not for a lack of effort from the Beard, who gave it his all in every game. Tonight, he added six rebounds, two 3s, five assists, one steal and one block, rounding out yet another impressive last stat line for the 2019-20 season.