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Dwight Howard Could Miss Extended Period With Knee Issue

Jan 29, 2015 7:49 PM

Dwight Howard will receive a second opinion on his right knee and could miss an extended period of time.

Howard underwent an MRI on the knee on Wednesday.

Howard is suffering from swelling due to the accumulation of fluid in the knee.

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Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion

Jan 21, 2015 11:15 AM

The average NBA franchise valuation is now a record $1.1 billion.

There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the way at $2.6 billion, up 93% over last year. 

The value of the New York Knicks shot up 79% to $2.5 billion, ranking the team second overall.

Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion).

6. Brooklyn Nets: $1.5 billion
7. Golden State Warriors: $1.3 billion
8. Houston Rockets: $1.25 billion
9. Miami Heat: $1.175 billion
10. Dallas Mavericks: $1.15 billion
11. San Antonio Spurs: $1 billion
12. Portland Trail Blazers: $940 million
13. Oklahoma City Thunder: $930 million
14. Toronto Raptors: $920 million
15. Cleveland Cavaliers: $915 million
16. Phoenix Suns: $910 million
17. Washington Wizards: $900 million
18. Orlando Magic: $875 million
19. Denver Nuggets: $855 million
20. Utah Jazz: $850 million
21. Indiana Pacers: $830 million
22. Atlanta Hawks: $825 million
23. Detroit Pistons: $810 million
24. Sacramento Kings: $800 million
25. Memphis Grizzlies: $750 million
26. Charlotte Hornets: $725 million
27. Philadelphia 76ers: $700 million
28. New Orleans Pelicans: $650 million
29. Minnesota Timberwolves: $625 million
30. Milwaukee Bucks: $600 million

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Kevin Garnett Suspended One Game, Dwight Howard Fined $15K For Altercation

Jan 13, 2015 12:34 PM

Kevin Garnett has been suspended one game by the NBA for his altercation with Dwight Howard in Monday's game between the Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets, the league announced.

Howard will receive a fine of $15,000.

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Tags: Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Suspension

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James Harden Leads NBA In Three-Pointers Created

Jan 7, 2015 1:51 PM

James Harden leads the NBA in three-point field goals produced with 195 combined made three's and assisted three's through Jan. 4.

Damian Lillard ranks second with 170, followed by Stephen Curry (159), Kyle Lowry (141) and Ty Lawson (138).

Harden has assisted on 113 three-pointers and 58 corner-three-pointers.

For the NBA as a whole, 84 percent of three-pointers are assisted and 96 percent of corner three-pointers. 

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kyle Lowry, James Harden Named NBA Players Of December

Jan 5, 2015 6:52 PM

Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors and James Harden of the Houston Rockets have been named the NBA Players of the Month for December, the league announced.

Lowry averaged 22.3 points and 8.9 assists in 15 games in December.

Harden averaged 30.6 points, 7.1 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game.

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Rockets Reassign Nick Johnson To Rio Grande Valley

Jan 3, 2015 2:28 PM

The Houston Rockets have reassigned Nick Johnson to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Johnson has played 17 games for the Rockets this season.

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Trevor Ariza Happy With Rockets' Decision, Transition

Dec 30, 2014 10:40 AM

Trevor Ariza became a key part of the Washington Wizards in his third season with the club and his decision to sign with the Houston Rockets in the offseason was difficult.

“It was a tough decision to make, but it was a decision that I’m happy about,” Ariza said.

Through 30 games in his second stint with the Rockets — he played in Houston in 2008-09 and averaged a career-high 14.9 points per game —Ariza has supplied the reliability and stout defending he did in Washington.

“He’s been great, he’s been great. Trevor’s been one of our constants,” Kevin McHale said. Trevor’s defense and willingness to take and make big shots for us [has been great].

“Just his ability to guard. He can guard just about anybody. We had him on Anthony Davis. We had him on point guards. He’s an unbelievable crafty defender. He’s much better than I thought he was and that’s just from watching from afar. He’s just smart. He just understands angles and he just sniffs things out. He’s got great anticipation. He’s been great for us.”

“I think it’s gone pretty good,” Ariza said of his transition. “We’ve had spots where we’ve played well, spots where we’ve played not-so-well. But we’re coming together at the right time, I think. We’re getting a lot of new pieces in here to help us contend and I think we’re going in the right direction."

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Jimmy Butler, James Harden Named NBA Players Of The Week

Dec 29, 2014 5:50 PM

The Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler and the Houston Rockets' James Harden were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 22, through Sunday, Dec. 28.

Butler led the Bulls to a 4-0 week behind averages of 23.0 points (seventh in the conference), 7.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 blocks. His 40.2 minutes per contest led the league. On Dec. 22, Butler went 11-for-11 at the foul line en route to 27 points, and added 11 rebounds, five blocks and four assists during a 129-120 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Harden helped the Rockets to a 2-1 week, which included wins over the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies. He averaged a league-best 34.7 points and added 7.3 assists (eighth in the conference), 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals. On Dec. 22, Harden posted 44 points, seven assists, five steals and three rebounds during a 110-95 win over the Trail Blazers.

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Rockets Assign Clint Capela To D-League

Dec 27, 2014 6:25 PM

The Houston Rockets have assigned Clint Capela to their single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Capela (6-10, 245, France), has appeared in four games for the Rockets and recorded six rebounds, one assist, a steal and a block in 12 total minutes of playing time. This will be Capela’s third stint in the D-League where he has averaged 9.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 15.4 minutes per game with the Vipers over the course of nine games. The former Elan Chalon player out of France was selected by the Rockets 25th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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Rockets Waive Tarik Black To Create Roster Spot For Smith

Dec 26, 2014 11:37 AM

The Houston Rockets have waived Tarik Black to create a roster spot for Josh Smith.

There are several teams interested in claiming Black, making it unlikely the Rockets will have to pay his salary.

The Rockets hope Smith will pass his physical and play in Friday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Tags: Tarik Black, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Rockets Hope To Create Josh Smith's Roster Spot Via Trade
The Rockets would have to waive a player if a trade is not found.

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Josh Smith Agrees To Sign With Rockets
Josh Smith has been promised a spot in the starting lineup and now has the opportunity to play beside former AAU teammate Dwight Howard.

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Kevin McHale Signs Three-Year, $13M Extension With Rockets
Kevin McHale was the only NBA head coach without a contract beyond the current season.

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Rockets To Promise Starting Spot To Josh Smith
The Rockets previously tried to acquire Josh Smith during the 2013 offseason.

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Rockets Emerge As Favorites To Sign Josh Smith
Beyond Josh Smith's close friend Dwight Howard, there's confidence among Rockets' players that they'll be able to sign him.

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Kings, Clippers, Mavs, Rockets, Heat Interested In Josh Smith
The Clippers and Mavericks can only offer Josh Smith the minimum.

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Rockets Release Francisco Garcia
The Rockets will release Francisco Garcia.

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Rockets Acquire Corey Brewer From Wolves For Troy Daniels
Corey Brewer has been traded to the Rockets.

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Rajon Rondo 'Open' To Re-Signing With Mavs, Rockets
Given Rajon Rondo's looming unrestricted free agency, any deal would have to come with assurances that he'd be willing to re-sign with his new team.

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Mavericks Emerge As Favorites For Rajon Rondo, Rockets 'Still Fighting'
Rajon Rondo is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason.

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Corey Brewer Placed On Trade Block Again By Wolves
The Cavaliers, Rockets and Clippers are the teams most interested in trading for Corey Brewer.

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Rockets Assign Clint Capela To Rio Grande Valley
Clint Capela has appeared in four games for the Rockets.

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Dwight Howard Optimistic On Not Missing More Games Due To Knee Injury
Dwight Howard had missed 11 games with a strained right knee.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

John Wall, James Harden Named Players Of The Week
John Wall and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 8 and Dec. 14.

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Dwight Howard Aims To Return Saturday
Dwight Howard has missed the past nine games due to a strained knee.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

James Harden Dealing With Back Spasms
James Harden is questionable for Wednesday's game.

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Dwight Howard Could Be Closer To Return, Participates In Workout
Dwight Howard hasn't played since Nov. 17 and is averaging 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

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Dwight Howard Not Close To Return From Knee Strain
Dwight Howard has been out since Nov. 19.

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Rockets Won't Sign Al Harrington
Al Harrington was released by his Chinese team recently.

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Carmelo Had 'Great Dialogue' With Dwight About Joining Rockets
Carmelo Anthony isn't playing the what-if game with the Rockets and Mavericks playing well.

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