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  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    The Rockets and Christian Wood are closing in on a three-year $27 million deal, Frank Isola of ESPN reports (via Twitter).

    Certain projections had Wood fetching a significant amount more money on the open market than his reported deal with the Rockets. The Rockets famously traded away nearly all of their power forwards and centers last season at the deadline, embracing a true 'small ball' lineup under ex-coach Mike D'Antoni with James Harden and Russell Westbrook at the helm. With the franchise on the verge of a complete tear-down and D'Antoni gone, Wood is a logical building block choice as he showed lots of promise last season with the Pistons (13.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG). The Rockets would represent the fifth organization in five seasons for Wood.

    Source: Frank Isola on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rockets and Magic spoke about a Russell Westbrook trade that revolved around a package including Aaron Gordon, but talks never progressed.

    Westbrook's list of suitors doesn't look to have expanded at all here, and right not it looks like just the Knicks (who were merely said to be a viable choice) and Hornets (who have downplayed their interest). On the flip side, Gordon has now been connected to the Blazers, who ultimately went for Robert Covington instead, and Rockets after being in the rumor mill most of last season. It wouldn't be a surprise to see both players on new teams by opening night.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • David Nwaba
    SF, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets are exercising their team option that will keep David Nwaba under contract for $1.8M in 2020-21.

    With around $98M tied up in James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Eric Gordon, the Rockets need to have affordable players elsewhere on their roster. Nwaba fits that at under $2M and he has shown the ability to lock down a consistent rotation role in the past. He is far from the fantasy radar but will be a nice depth piece for the Rockets as they look to get back on track with their disgruntled stars.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Austin Rivers
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Austin Rivers has officially opted out of his player option and will test free agency on Friday.

    Rivers indicated that he was most likely going to see what he could get in the open market and now the move is official. He'll have trouble holding fantasy value no matter the situation due to his inefficient shooting and low defensive numbers, but should provide some decent rotational minutes for a team in need of a guard.

    Source: Marc Spears on Twitter

  • Trevelin Queen
    F, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets have agreed to a deal with undrafted guard Trevelin Queen, per Chris Haynes.

    Queen played two years for New Mexico State after spending two years in the JUCO ranks with the New Mexico Military Institute. He earned marks for playing hard and competing with a consistent fire, and his 3.9% steal rate points to his activity in passing lanes and on the ball. Queen isn't much of a scorer but he's been a decent shooter in his college career and is a solid passer. The Rockets are certainly in a position to roll the dice on a talented but flawed player like Queen.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Mason Jones
    G, Houston Rockets

    Mason Jones, who went undrafted despite leading the SEC in scoring last season, will sign a two-way deal with the Rockets, per Jonathan Givony.

    Jones was among the nation's leaders in free throw attempts last season, inviting contact despite subpar athleticism. He profiles as a safer prospect who will always be limited by his physical toolkit, but Jones makes up for some of that with intelligent play.

    Source: Jonathan Givony on Twitter

  • Kenyon Martin Jr.
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Wrapping up some details about a minor draft trade, the Rockets dealt a 2021 second-rounder to the Kings for the No. 52 pick in Wednesday's draft, which was used to draft Kenyon Martin Jr.

    That 2021 second-rounder will come via the Lakers and is the same one that Houston purchased (for $4.6 million) from the Pistons earlier in the evening. They also kicked an extra $1 million to the Kings, who originally held No. 52.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter

  • Kenyon Martin Jr.
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Shams Charania reports that the Rockets will take Kenyon Martin Jr. with the 52nd pick in the draft.

    The Kings owned that pick heading into the night so we'll stay on the lookout for details about a possible trade. Martin, as you might've guessed, is the son of ex-NBAer Kenyon Martin. He boasts outstanding athleticism but is still very raw. While he's a dynamic talent around the rim on both ends of the floor, Martin has a very limited game and has coasted on athleticism to this point, with defensive efforts that come and go. Coming out of the prep circuit, there's a long way for Martin to go before he hits the NBA.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets are purchasing the Pistons' 2021 second-round pick (via LAL) for $4.6M.

    In the past few minutes, the Rockets have reportedly made two transactions and both result in them acquiring future draft picks. Their team is in flux at the moment due to James Harden and Russell Westbrook's unhappiness with the organization. Stay tuned as the day is far from over.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports that the Celtics are not interested in trading for James Harden, while the Clippers are limited in what they can offer in a trade following their 2019 deal for Paul George.

    Houston appears to be playing the patience game in terms of their timeline of when they will trade Harden, even if the Nets appear to be the favorites to trade for him. There is a chance that another team emerges as the dark horse and takes a shot at landing Harden but it appears that Boston has no interest whatsoever. The Clippers meanwhile would love to upgrade their roster but they are limited in what they can offer, making a deal for Harden quite unlikely.

    Source: Mark Murphy on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets are looking to acquire either a late first round or a second round pick in Wednesday night's draft, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

    It is seeming more and more like the Rockets are headed toward an inevitable rebuild, as they look to continue 'stockpiling assets' after Monday's trade of Robert Covington to the Blazers for two first round picks (2020 and 2021). There have been a flurry of rumors (as well as evidence on social media) in recent days surrounding franchise cornerstones James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Harden wants out, and it seems clear that the two of them aren't interested in playing together after a trial run in 2019-20. MacMahon adds that a high-ranking Rockets source said “We’re willing to get uncomfortable,” which is even further indication that their two stars are on their way out. Their asking price for Harden: a young star and a colossal package of draft compensation. Rockets fans could be looking at a very different roster when the season starts right before Christmas.

    Source: Tim MacMahon

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets and Wizards have discussed a potential deal including both Russell Westbrook and John Wall, although the Rockets' asking price is proving a sticking point, per Shams Charania.

    The Rockets continue to be the headline act in terms of potential trades with the Westbrook saga failing to slow at all. Both Westbrook and Wall are on sizeable contracts and while there is very little traction at this point, it is sounding as though the Rockets are toying with the idea of blowing things up in Houston.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Shams Charania is reporting that the Rockets and Wizards have spoken about a deal that would see Russell Westbrook and John Wall swap rosters, though there has been no traction yet.

    To this point only the Knicks and Hornets have been reported to show interest in Westbrook whatsoever, but the Rockets should be able to do better than this, even with Westbrook's gargantuan salary. Wall, coming off an Achilles tear, has tons of questions surrounding his ability to play since his game was so dependent on speed and athleticism, while Westbrook's reported desire to be The Man again wouldn't exactly mesh with Bradley Beal's top dog status in Washington. The Wizards might be running out of time to convince Beal that they can surround him with an adequate roster, so credit the front office for thinking creatively. Houston appears to hold the keys to the offseason now, with a star duo that wants out.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    There is speculation the Rockets and Nets have reached a verbal agreement that would see James Harden landing in Brooklyn in what could be a league-altering move, reports Anthony Puccio.

    This is yet to be reported by the usual suspects but the potential move seems to be gaining traction. With Harden declining his player option and the Rockets already trading away Robert Covington, things in Houston could be about to change. Even if a verbal agreement is in place, things could change quite quickly as we have seen over the past 24 hours. Should Harden make the move, his rank as the unanimous number one fantasy player could certainly be under threat.

    Source: Anthony Puccio on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that the Rockets are playing hardball, as they’re apparently demanding either Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant in return for any deal that includes James Harden.

    Houston seems to prefer to repair their relationship with Harden while he is under contract for a couple more seasons with a player option on the third year. This is also a leverage play by the Rockets as they would reportedly demand a lot in return if they do change their mind and decide to deal their franchise cornerstone. There is zero chance that the Nets part with either Irving or KD so we should expect more trade rumors involving Harden in the next few days.

    Source: Alec Sturm on Twitter