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Dwight Howard Undergoes PRP Treatment On Knee, No Timetable For Return

Dwight Howard underwent a platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment on his right knee on Thursday.

Houston Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones confirmed Howard underwent “platelet rich protein therapy,” another term for Howard’s PRP treatment.

“It feels a lot better,” Howard said. “I had to get a shot in it to clear some of the stuff out it. I’m trying to do whatever I can to get back on the floor.”

Howard was not in the Rockets' lineup on Saturday and Kevin McHale said there is no timetable for when he will return.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Harden: Rockets Lacked Ariza's Leadership, Defense, Shot-Making Last Season

James Harden discussed the difference that Trevor Ariza has made in the Houston Rockets' lineup this season.

“His leadership, his defensive abilities, his shot-making -- all three of those things are something that we were lacking last year,” Harden said. “[Ariza] brings that ability to the table this year.”

Harden downplayed the impact of Parsons' departure over the summer, describing himself and Howard as Houston’s cornerstones and the rest of the roster as role players.

Parsons has said he does not pay attention to Ariza's play.

"I don't pay any attention to him," Parsons said recently. "Listen, many people replace many people every year in this league. He's a good, proven player in this league. He's supposed to play good for them."

Via Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Josh Powell Joins Rockets' Coaching Staff

Josh Powell has officially joined the Houston Rockets' coaching staff.

Powell has been working with the Rockets in a coaching role since October.

Powell spent part of last season with the Rockets and has played eight NBA seasons.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Rockets Express Interest In 10-12 Players For Trade Exception

The Houston Rockets are actively seeking to deal the $8.34 million trade exception that they acquired in the Jeremy Lin trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Rockets have talked to teams about 10 to 12 players.

The Rockets had been expected to wait until more players were eligible to be traded, either after Dec. 15 when players signed in the off-season can be dealt or more likely at the February trade deadline.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Kobe Walks Back Negative Things He's Called Dwight

Kobe Bryant was asked if he believes Dwight Howard is a p-word, as Kevin Durant called him during a recent game.

Bryant called Howard "soft" repeatedly in their game on opening night this season.

“No, I don’t feel that way I don’t think Kevin [Durant] does (either).

“When you get in argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration and out of anger that you really don't mean."

Via Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Goran Dragic Plans On Testing Open Market In Free Agency

Goran Dragic plans to opt out this offseason to test free agency, according to sources.

Dragic previously stated that he planned on opting out in order to re-sign a long-term deal with the Phoenix Suns.

Sources say the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers will be options for Dragic.

At issue with the Suns and Dragic is the guard logjam on the team, which Dragic addressed on Tuesday. He told AZCentral.com’s Paul Coro that the reason for some of Phoenix’s early struggles this year is, “Because there’s only one ball and we’re all point guards. That’s an easy answer.”

Dragic’s numbers have dipped this year (15.6 points, 47.5 percent shooting), and the Suns generally have had a harder time offensively.

Via Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Dwight Howard Under Investigation For Hitting Six-Year-Old Son With Belt

Dwight Howard is under investigation by authorities in Georgia in regards to allegedly hitting his six-year-old son with a belt, according to multiple reports.

Howard admitted, according to TMZ, to hitting his son with the buckle of his belt, leaving bruises and abrasions on his legs.

Howard has not been charged or arrested.

The NFL suspended Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season this week after he pled a child abuse case.

Via Ethan Rothstein/The Dream Shake

Nick Johnson Assigned By Rockets To Rio Grande Valley

Nick Johnson has been assigned to the Houston Rockets' single-affiliation NBA D-League partner, Rio Grande Valley. 

Johnson has appeared in three games with the Rockets so far this season, totaling two points and a rebound in 11 minutes of playing time.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bosh Didn't Want 'Pressure' Of Joining Another Big 3 With Rockets

The pressure of joining another Big 3 played a part in Chris Bosh's decision not to sign with the Houston Rockets and instead remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract.

Bosh had just spent the past four seasons perceived as the third best player in a Big 3 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

"I could see where people would think that's an attractive site," Bosh told CBSSports.com. "They were trying to win right away. And I was really happy to be touted that I possibly could've been out there. But you know, that doesn't guarantee anything, and I know that. All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure."

"Bottom line, he enjoyed his four years in Miami and believes they can still compete for championships," Bosh's agent, Henry Thomas, told CBSSports.com.

Via Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Timberwolves Discussing Corey Brewer Trade With Cavs, Rockets

The Minnesota Timberwolves are discussing trading Corey Brewer with multiple teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets, according to sources.

The Cavaliers and Rockets view Brewer as a notable boost for their wing depth.

Minnesota is believed to be seeking future assets in exchange for Brewer.

If Brewer winds up in Cleveland, he'd be reunited with Love, with whom he has a close relationship after their well-chronicled success on the fast break as teammates in Minnesota. The Rockets have been known to ‎covet Brewer since last season and they registered trade interest in the 28-year-old even before Brewer had a career-high 51 points against Houston late last season.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

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Rockets Assign Clint Capela To D-League

The Rockets assigned Clint Capela to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley on Monday.

Dwight Howard Considering Wearing Knee Pads

Dwight Howard is considering wearing knee pads after banging knee early this season has him already battling a minor injury.

Lakers Among Teams Interested In Quincy Miller

The Rockets and Pacers also have registered varying levels of intrigue in Quincy Miller, sources said.

Exec: Meeting With Rich Paul On LeBron Was For Them To Publicize Their Business

LeBron James empowered his agent Rich Paul to meet with several teams to Klutch’s offices in Cleveland for free-agent presentations without him present.

Kobe Calls Dwight 'Soft' During Scuffle, 'Teddy Bear' After

A Lakers source said Kobe Bryant repeatedly called Dwight Howard "soft" during their altercation.

Dwight Left Lakers 'For Myself', Not For Fear Of Kobe

Ahead ofthe Rockets' opening night game at the Lakers, Dwight Howard said his free agency decision in 2013 had nothing to do with Kobe Bryant.

Rockets Waive Jeff Adrien, Ish Smith, Earl Clark

The Rockets have waived Jeff Adrien, Ish Smith and Earl Clark, the team announced Monday.

Kenyon Martin Meets With Rockets

Kenyon Martin also participated in basketball activities on Friday, giving some Rockets players the impression that he still intended to play this season, sources said.

Earl Clark Claimed By Rockets Off Waivers

The Rockets have claimed forward Earl Clark off waivers.

Rockets Sign Geron Johnson, Release Akil Mitchell

The Rockets have signed Geron Johnson and requested waivers on Akil Mitchell.

Josh Powell Waived By Rockets

Josh Powell has been waived by the Rockets, league sources told RealGM.

Chris Bosh Admits Money Was Factor In Choosing Heat Over Rockets

Chris Bosh was close to signing a four-year, $88 million deal with Rockets, but decided to remain with the Heat.

Rockets To Rely On D-League Growth For Clint Capela, Nick Johnson

The Rockets plan to utilize the NBA Development League heavily this season for their two draft picks, Clint Capela and Nick Johnson.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Chase Budinger Made Available By Wolves In Trade Talks

The Rockets and Pistons are interested in Chase Budinger, but are reluctant to take him on due to his $5 million player option for next season.

Rockets Parting With Robert Covington

The Rockets have decided to release forward Robert Covington while continuing to listen on trade interest, league sources told RealGM.

Rockets Plan On Having Harden Serve As Lead Recruiter For Durant

Goran Dragic and Rajon Rondo are free agents in 2015, while Kevin Durant will hit the open market in 2016.

Mavs Were Fully Committed To Parsons Before Receiving Word From LeBron

The Mavericks were pursuing Chandler Parsons along with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

Dwight: Lakers' Experience Made Me Develop Thicker Skin

Dwight Howard began his tenure with the Lakers returning from back surgery.

McHale: Final Season Of Contract Has 'No Bearing' On Coaching

Kevin McHale is entering the final season of his coaching contract with the Rockets.
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