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  • Luc Mbah a Moute
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Luc Mbah a Moute has officially signed his deal with the Rockets, per Shams Charania.

    And with that, Houston has its replacement for Thabo Sefolosha. Mbah a Moute may find minutes as a defensive specialist in certain matchups, especially with the Rockets going all-in on small ball, but there probably won't be enough for any sort of fantasy value. He missed 78 games last season due to knee troubles.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Luc Mbah a Moute
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Shams Charania reported that the Houston Rockets plan to sign Luc Mbah a Moute for the Orlando restart.

    Thabo Sefolosha announced on Wednesday that he will not participate in the Orlando restart, leaving the Rockets with a need for an additional three-and-D wing. Mbah a Moute played 61 games for the Rockets in 2017-18 and averaged 25.6 minutes per game, so he is familiar with their system. Mbah a Moute will be a low-usage player that the Rockets can plug in at the end of their rotation and will provide them more depth, which could be imperative for teams given the COVID-19 concerns surrounding this Orlando restart.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Thabo Sefolosha will not participate in Orlando when the league resumes.

    Sefolosha was a deep rotation piece for the Rockets as he only eclipsed the 20 minute mark once this season. There isn't much of a fantasy impact here as Sefolosha played in just two of the team's final nine games.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon (sore right knee) said that he is "back to full health."

    While it's good news that Gordon is feeling healthy, he is looking like a depth player for the Rockets as they hope to go deep in the playoffs. He shot just 31.9 percent from long range this season compared to a 37.0 percent career mark.

    Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter

  • Isaiah Hartenstein
    PF, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets intend to waive Isaiah Hartenstein in the wake of their agreement with David Nwaba on Tuesday.

    Hartenstein had filled in for an injured Clint Capela at times for the Rockets this season but the team traded Capela at the deadline and committed to its center-less lineup full time. In only 23 games played as a reserve this year, he averaged 4.7 PTS and 3.9 REB in 11.6 minutes per game. This is nothing more than a roster move out of necessity; however, Hartenstein is likely to receive another NBA opportunity at some point in the future.

    Source: Kelly Iko (The Athletic)

  • David Nwaba
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    The Rockets have announced that they have signed small forward David Nwaba to a two-year deal, although they also added that he will remain unavailable when the league returns as he recovers from a torn right Achilles.

    Nwaba will earn about $900K for the rest of the the season and next year will be a team option for the Rockets, which they will likely exercise unless something goes wrong. Prior to the Achilles tear in mid December, Nwaba had been playing well for the Nets and become a part of now-former coach Kenny Atkinson's regular rotation (albeit on a roster hampered by injuries). In 20 games off the bench, he averaged 5.2 points, 2.3 boards, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 steals in 13.4 minutes per game, but the Nets ultimately waived him after he got hurt. Even though he won't be available in Orlando, the Rockets will count on him making a full recovery and playing a sizable role for them next season, especially on the defensive end.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Tyler Johnson
    PG-SG, Free Agent

    The Rockets have interest in free agent guard Tyler Johnson, who last played for the Suns before being waived in early February.

    The Rockets have been interested in Johnson before (in 2016) and he could find his way on to a roster sooner rather than later. NBA teams will undoubtedly have plenty of roster flexibility next month when the league returns to action, and depth could play a big part for teams that have positive tests for coronavirus. As currently constructed, the Rockets have no room for Johnson in terms of floor time.

    Source: Houston Chronicle

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Rockets guard Eric Gordon has improved his diet, focused on sprints, and has apparently shed 12 pounds in the process, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic.

    Gordon has battled knee ailments for essentially his whole career and has dealt with his fair share of nagging injuries this season as well. Losing weight to create a lighter frame would seem sensible, especially with the knee issues. The Rockets, remember, fully adopted the "small ball" lineup and move fast so Gordon is smart to keep his endurance and fitness at high levels. He's going to have to play well and make shots for the Rockets when the NBA returns to action, otherwise coach Mike D'Antoni won't be able to justify giving Gordon minutes. We don't anticipate much fantasy value out of him if and when the league starts back up.

    Source: The Athletic

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets will be re-opening their facilities on Monday, per GM Daryl Morey.

    It had been reported that May 18 was the target date over a week ago, and things ended up meeting that timeline. The Rockets will make their practice spaces open for voluntary workouts, though the league's overarching guidelines re social distancing will still be in place. There are still plenty of obstacles but getting players back into gyms, even in a limited capacity, is a first step for most teams.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets are targeting to open the Toyota Center to players on May 18.

    Under the current league guidelines, only four players will be allowed in the facilities at any given time and players will be limited to one player per hoop. The news of teams opening practice facilities is the first step towards the season continuing. There is still no official plan or timeline for games to resume and there are many hurdles to overcome.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Austin Rivers
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Austin Rivers said in a Facebook Q&A with Craig Ackerman that over the last couple of years, interest in coaching has continued to grow.

    There's no secret that Rivers is the son of famous coach, Doc Rivers. That said, he admitted that coaching was not something that interested him prior to the last couple of years. He had always seen himself more in the business side of things – either as a player agent, GM or president. Rivers is only 27 years old and should have more than a handful of seasons left in his NBA career. However, he does have the pedigree and increased interest could be the missing piece in what could be a promising career on the bench.

    Source: Rocketswire

  • Ben McLemore
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Ben McLemore recovered from his bout with gastroenteritis and was able to score six points on 2-of-2 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc with one assist in 10 minutes off the bench.

    Eric Gordon (16 points, 30 minutes) also made his return in this game and there was no need for McLemore to see an extended run. He's now relegated to being a deep-league 3s streamer now that Gordon is healthy and playing.

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook returned from a one-game absence on Tuesday and was able to help lead the Rockets to a 117-111 win over the Wolves thanks to his 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

    Westbrook also committed six turnovers and failed to record a 3-pointer. Outside of his 27 points, the biggest highlight of his line was his four steals. That said, you can count on him for double-digit contributions in scoring as well as reliable numbers in assists, rebounds and steals ROS.

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon (sore right knee) logged 30 minutes off the bench in his return on Tuesday and managed to put up 16 points on 5-of-15 shooting with two 3s, two rebounds and one assist.

    Gordon's 30-minute workload is an encouraging sign that his knees are up to the challenge. At least for now. On that note, he's still just a 3-point streamer in standard leagues and a hold/pickup in 16-teamers or deeper.

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon (sore right knee) and Ben McLemore (gastroenteritis) are both available to play against the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Gordon and McLemore should return to their usual roles in what should be a high scoring affair of two teams that love to spread the floor and shoot triples. Get Gordon back in your lineup for this one, while McLemore is a deep-league streaming consideration for owners who want some extra triples.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter