July 20, 2019, 11:20 amEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon withdraws from Team USA training camp for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Gordon is the third player to withdraw this week after James Harden and Anthony Davis. The original training camp list of 20 is now down to 17 and the official 12-team roster will be announced on August 17.
Source: Shams Charanis on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 8:27 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Mike D'Antoni "would be disappointed" if Russell Westbrook didn't improve his 3-point percentage this season.
D'Antoni added, "I think we can do that. I think that just by knowing that that's kind of how we play and him having the green light to (shoot) and not worry about it." Westbrook shot just 29.0 percent from deep last season and has been under 30.0 percent in four of his last five campaigns, so there is definite room for improvement. It's possible that Westbrook will find more catch-and-shoot looks available next to James Harden, and moving away from pull-up threes could help him improve his efficiency, but we won't be able to tell for sure until we see the duo take the court in preseason. Improving his deep shooting would definitely help, but there are serious questions about the rest of Westbrook's stat set. Rebounds and assists may not be as available in a system that isn't specifically tailored to him, and free throws and turnovers still look like problem areas. It's not a bad on-court fit but Westbrook seems unlikely to return to his former top-30 glory.
Source: Salman Ali on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 7:56 pmTyson ChandlerC, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have announced the signing of Tyson Chandler.
Chandler is looking like the backup to Clint Capela and could be called on more in certain matchups, though he doesn't figure to play enough to support any worthwhile fantasy value. It's possible that Chandler holds appeal in deeper leagues as a rebounding specialist but that should be about it.
Source: Houston Rockets
July 19, 2019, 4:34 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden has taken his name out of consideration for the FIBA World Cup this summer.
Harden will be focusing his efforts on getting ready for next season. There figures to be a large adjustment coming with Russell Westbrook replacing Chris Paul, and Harden playing alongside a ball-dominant scoring guard rather than a distributor will be something that figures to have a rough patch or two. Still, Harden reportedly told the Rockets that he's comfortable with playing off the ball more, so it should work out. Team USA, meanwhile, figures to be just fine considering the depth of talent available.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 1:55 pmAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have re-signed Austin Rivers and Danuel House.
Houston looked to be running it back with the same group but instead has simply swapped one star guard for another, which means that Rivers and House still figure to play important roles off the bench. There's standard-league potential in the case of injury, but neither should be expected to exceed top-200 value. Rivers probably has more upside should he come into a starting role while House's ability to chip in a wider variety of stats might make him the more appealing deep-league play over the long run.
Source: Houston Rockets
July 17, 2019, 9:05 amJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
Mike D’Antoni believes that Russell Westbrook will succeed in Houston, not because of how different he is than Chris Paul, but because of what he and James Harden have in common.
“That’s what great players do,” D’Antoni said. “Great players figure it out. They make it work.“ Considering all the Rockets gave up in order to acquire the 2017 MVP, there seems to be some urgency in order to make this work, but MDA sounded optimistic about the duo’s future in Houston. We’ll have to wait and see how this translates on the court but the initial signs from all parties involved sound extremely positive.
Source: Houston Chronicle
July 16, 2019, 8:45 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
The Rockets and Thunder officially completed their blockbuster trade of Chris Paul, first round picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025 for Russell Westbrook on Tuesday.
Westbrook and Harden and now officially reunited and will be performing massive pre-game routines at the Toyota Center. Meanwhile, the Thunder officially have Chris Paul on the roster and are free to move him if they choose. Watching how Sam Presti begins this rebuild process will be interesting, to say the least.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
July 14, 2019, 11:00 amIsaiah HartensteinPF, Houston Rockets
Isaiah Hartenstein and the Houston Rockets have agreed to push back the date to guarantee his deal for 2019-2020 season.
This move will afford the Rockets more flexibility as they look to round out the rest of their roster. Harenstein figures to see decent minutes as a backup Center this season, even with the addition of Tyson Chandler.
Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter
July 14, 2019, 12:14 amChris ClemonsPG, Houston Rockets
Chris Clemons was the difference maker for the Rockets in Saturday's 105-96 win against the Nuggets, posting a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Clemons' Cinderella summer season continues to chug along as he again got the start at PG for the Rockets. The undersized guard has impressed all summer for his team and added a surprising 10 rebounds in tonight's win. Before the trade for Russell Westbrook, Clemons had a legitimate chance to make the final roster cut but the Rockets' backcourt is just too crowded for him unless he is able to beat out fellow Summer League star Chris Chiozza. This will be a tough call for Houston.
July 13, 2019, 11:58 pmDeng AdelPF, Houston Rockets
Deng Adel scored 20 points in Saturday’s win adding seven assists, one steal and one block.
The Rockets have been spoiled in Summer League play with several breakout players chipping in every game. Add Deng Adel to that list as tonight’s 20-point outing will put him on the radar. Adel is unlikely to make the final roster but games like these may create future opportunities for the second-year player.
July 12, 2019, 8:32 pmAnthony BennettPF, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have signed former first overall draft pick Anthony Bennett to a non-guaranteed deal.
They are adding him to their training camp roster to see what he's got. He's been playing the last few seasons in the G-League for Agua Caliente. Bennet is still a long-shot to make the regular season roster and the Rockets are just kicking some tires to see what's there.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 12, 2019, 2:25 pmTyson ChandlerC, Houston Rockets
Tyson Chandler signed a one-year deal with the Rockets on Friday.
Chandler will theoretically provide some veteran leadership and stability to the second unit as a rebounder and defender. There's nothing to see here for fantasy purposes as it's just hard to see him playing enough minutes to matter.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 12, 2019, 12:13 pmTyson ChandlerC, Los Angeles Lakers
The Rockets remain interested in adding Tyson Chandler, per Sam Amick of The Athletic.
Chandler was rumored to be a Houston target last week and the Rockets remain in the market for a backup center. He'd certainly give them a rebounding presence but it's unlikely that Chandler would be counted on for serious minutes. That's true of pretty much anywhere he lands.
Source: The Athletic
July 12, 2019, 12:10 pmAndre IguodalaSF, Memphis Grizzlies
In the wake of Thursday's blockbuster trade, Sam Amick is reporting that the Rockets' top priority is now working out a deal for Andre Iguodala.
Amick mentions the Clippers as other serious suitors, and earlier reports had the Lakers and Mavs very interested in Iguodala. The veteran is in high demand and will certainly land on a contender. He's the perfect wing presence that can help push a team over the top, and it looks like the Grizzlies will be able to get some more assets rather than settle for a buyout with the way the market has shaped up.
Source: The Athletic
July 11, 2019, 10:22 pmGary ClarkPF, Houston Rockets
Gary Clark put up 13 points, four steals and three 3-pointers in Thursday's 87-92 loss to the Thunder.
Clark briefly surfaced as a rotation option for Houston last season but faded to the background as his shot faltered. In 51 games he shot .331 overall and .331 from deep, and if Clark wants to stick in Houston he'll need to establish himself as someone that can knock down the corner triple. His 3-of-9 mark tonight is a step in the right direction, and that's now seven threes in his last two Summer League contests.