ROCKETS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Harden has not really talked with Howard since season ended

James Harden says he has not really talked with Dwight Howard since the season ended, marking yet another sign that the center is likely to head elsewhere in the coming weeks. Howard informed the Rockets during the week of his plans to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. Houston thought the hiring of new head coach Mike D’Antoni, who coached Howard on the Lakers,...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chinanu Onuaku Drafted 37th Overall By The Houston Rockets

For the second consecutive year the Houston Rockets have used one of their draft picks on a former Louisville Cardinal. Chinanu Onuaku was taken in the second round with the 37th overall pick by the Rockets. He’ll join former Cardinal Montrezl Harrell who was selected by Houston last year in the second round. “It was […]
Via The Cardinal Connect
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Daryl Morey after the Rockets picked in the 2016 NBA Draft

http://www.clutchfans.net Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey speaks to the media on 6/23/2016 after the 2016 NBA Draft. The Rockets picked Chinanu Onuaku with the 37th pick and Zhou Qi out of China with the 43rd pick in the second round.
Via ClutchFans
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rockets sign undrafted Gary Payton II to 3-year contract

The Rockets picked up the point guard they needed. While Rockets fans scratched their heads at another point guard-less draft class from Daryl Morey's front office, the GM was lying in wait, ready to pounce as soon as the 60th pick was in, and he did. According to multiple reports, the team has signed Gary Payton II, an athletic guard with a defensive streak, to a three-year contract...
Via The Dream Shake
13 hours ago

Rockets select Onuaku and Zhou in 2nd round of NBA draft

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets added a pair of big men in the second round of the NBA draft on Thursday night in Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku and Chinese center Zhou Qi. The 6-foot-10 Onuaku was selected 37th overall and Zhou was selected 43rd on a night where Houston didn't have a first-round pick because of a past trade. The Rockets will need some depth at center with Dwight...
Via Associated Press
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 NBA Draft: Houston Rockets select Zhou Qi from China

Morey taps into the China market to add to the Rockets roster. The Houston Rockets with their last known pick of the evening — 43rd overall — have selected Zhou Qi from China. Once again Daryl Morey has reached overseas, this time tapping into the China market to pick another tall center. Qi has a lot more range than Yao Ming ever did. He is 7'2" and almost 7'3" with a massive...
Via The Dream Shake
14 hours ago

Rockets called 76ers about Nerlens Noel trade ahead of 2016 NBA draft

If the Houston Rockets contacting the Philadelphia 76ers about a Nerlens Noel trade is any sign, the Dwight Howard era in Houston is truly over. Howard opted out of his contract and will hit free agency this summer, which isn’t much of a surprise after a trio of awkward years playing with James Harden. Oh, and Houston just hired Mike D’Antoni as head coach, the guy who drove...
Via The Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dwight Howard declines options; will become free agent

According to a report from Sharms Charania, a big name has just hit the free agency market as Dwight Howard has declined his option in Houston. Since averaging 18.3 ppg in his first year in Houston, his point totals have decreased each season.  Now in his 30s, it will be interesting to see who is in the bidding for his services….. The Vertical Sources: Houston Rockets star Dwight...
Via Crossover Chronicles
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Alessandro Gentile Hoping To Sign With Rockets

Alessandro Gentile, one of the Euroleague’s top wing players, is determined to sign an NBA deal this summer, preferably with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets hired Mike D'Antoni as head coach this offseason and his presence makes the team more appealing to Gentile. The Rockets own the draft rights to Gentile, a 6-foot-7 perimeter player who was the No. 53 overall pick by Minnesota...
Via RealGM
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dwight Howard opts out to become NBA free agent

Dwight Howard has reportedly thrown his name into the NBA free agency hat after declining his player option with the Houston Rockets, per Shams Charania of The Vertical. The Vertical Sources: Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard has declined his $23.2 million player option for 2016-'17, enters free agency. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2016 That’s a lot of money...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden crowned 2015-16 Shaqtin' MVP (Video)

In the season finale of Shaqtin' A Fool, Houston Rockets superstar James Harden became the first NBA All-Star to earn the dubious honor of Shaqtin MVP for his performance during the 2015-16 season.Here is his highlight reel, or lowlight reel as the case may be, featuring that lack of defensive effort that he is so well known for. [NBA on TNT] This post appeared first on Holdout...
Via Holdout Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets ready to chase star to pair with James Harden

The Houston Rockets understand they might lose Dwight Howard to free agency this summer, but soothe such thoughts with the idea of chasing a major name on the open market with the free cap space. Howard never fit right with James Harden and the Rockets disappointed so much last season that the team chewed through a head coach early on and never made much of a dent in the Western...
Via The Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rockets still trying to get meeting with Kevin Durant

The Houston Rockets might not be in the picture for Kevin Durant, but they’re reportedly still trying to change that. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, even though the Rockets aren’t an option now, they are still trying to get a face-to-face meeting with the star forward once free agency kicks off. PS: The Rockets, I'm told, remain hopeful they get a July face-to-face with...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant is not considering joining the Rockets, James Harden reunion

The biggest offseason of Kevin Durant’s life is this summer, and any move that the forward makes in his life is going to be magnified. Whether it’s the clothes that he wears, the food that he eats, and in this instance, the people that he hangs out with. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Durant has been spending time this week with his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate and...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant reportedly not considering Rockets

At least half the teams in the NBA are currently working on putting together a pitch for Kevin Durant when free agency begins, but one report claims the Houston Rockets should not bother. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Durant is not considering signing with the Rockets. The Oklahoma City Thunder star maintains a good relationship with former teammate James Harden, and the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Rockets: Rockets’ best player, Moses Malone (2) vs. Yao Ming (7)

Now there goes the first round. Nothing too crazy happened, the only upsets being James Harden over Ralph Sampson and Otis Thorpe over Charles Barkley. Olajuwon remains the favorite as he had by far the widest margin of victory. Let’s go to the second round and see if it’ll be much of the same in this quest to determine the Houston Rockets’ best player ever. Each poll will...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Rockets: Rockets’ best player, Clyde Drexler (4) vs. Tracy McGrady (5)

Now there goes the first round. Nothing too crazy happened, the only upsets being James Harden over Ralph Sampson and Otis Thorpe over Charles Barkley. Olajuwon remains the favorite as he had by far the widest margin of victory. Let’s go to the second round and see if it’ll be much of the same in this quest to determine the Houston Rockets’ best player ever. Each poll will...
Via isportsweb.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden wonders why he was left off All-NBA teams

James Harden is many things, but a complete NBA player is not one of them. One of the worst defenders at any position in the Association, it was no shock when he was left off the All-NBA teams at the end of the season. No shock to many of us, we should clarify, but a huge shock to Harden. Speaking with Jason Terry on SiriusXM NBA Radio’s “The Runway,” Harden expressed his...
Via Sportsnaut
21 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Offseason Preview: Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets reached the playoffs on the last day of the season after a disappointing, dysfunctional year that saw Kevin McHale lose his job in November and foreshadowed an anticipated partial breakup of the roster. After a run to the Western Conference Finals in 2015, McHale seemed to lose the team almost immediately. At the very least, the Rockets lost interest on the defensive...
Via RealGM - NBA
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Rockets are set to Mike D’Antoni as head coach, for some reason

Houston, you have a problem. For some reason, the Houston Rockets are reportedly set to hire Mike D’Antoni to be the franchise’s new head coach. If nothing else proves to you that you can be set for life as an NBA coach once you get the gig once, what will? The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, citing sources, reports the two sides are finalizing a contract, which is believed...
Via The Comeback
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Jeff Van Gundy return as the Rockets' head coach?

Once a coach, always a coach. Even after nine years since the last time Jeff Van Gundy was seen roaming the sidelines as a NBA head coach, it appears the coaching bug isn’t gone. Recent reports have indicated that the nine-year broadcasting veteran is a finalist for the Houston Rockets coaching job, and may actually be the leading contender to land the job. Source says Jeff...
Via Awful Announcing
May 13, 2016  |  Discuss
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