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Kevin Durant: Nobody Appreciates James Harden Except Other Players

Aug 1, 2016 11:58 AM

Kevin Durant believes James Harden is one of the NBA's most underappreciated stars.

"Nobody really appreciates what he does except for the players in our league," Durant said. "Everybody on the outside doesn't really appreciate what he brings. Anybody that can put up 29 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and not make the All-NBA team, that's like a sin to even think about not putting a guy like that on the All-NBA team.

"As a player and someone that played with him and a fan of the game I was (angry) because somebody is right here in front of you and you can't appreciate him. If he were to retire tomorrow, we would have so many stories and videos about how great he is, but he's here right now doing it. Appreciate what he brings."

Durant and Harden were teammates for several seasons with the Thunder.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Michael Beasley's $1.4M Salary With Rockets Becomes Fully Guaranteed

Aug 1, 2016 11:42 AM

The Houston Rockets will let the $1.4 million salary of Michael Beasley next season become fully guaranteed.

Beasley played well at the end of last season with the Rockets after coming over from China.

Beasley averaged 31.9 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 36.5 minutes per game in China last season.

Beasley has also previously played for the Heat, Wolves and Suns in the NBA.

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Tags: Michael Beasley, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bobby Brown Signs Camp Deal With Rockets

Jul 24, 2016 10:52 AM

Bobby Brown has agreed upon a non-guaranteed camp deal with the Houston Rockets.

Brown last played in the NBA in 2010.

Last season, Brown played in China and Turkey.

Mike D'Antoni reportedly gave his blessing to adding Brown for training camp.

David Pick

Tags: Bobby Brown, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jason Terry Won't Return To Rockets

Jul 21, 2016 10:36 AM

Jason Terry confirmed he will not re-sign with the Houston Rockets next season. The Rockets informed them of their decision as they go in another direction.

Terry spent two seasons with the Rockets, averaging 5.9 points and 1.4 assists in 17.5 minutes per game last season.

Terry turns 39 in September and was the 10th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft out of Arizona.

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Tags: Jason Terry, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pablo Prigioni, Rockets Agree Upon Two-Year Deal

Jul 14, 2016 10:11 AM

Pablo Prigioni has reached agreement on a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets.

The second year of Prigioni's deal with the Rockets is a team option.

Prigioni averaged 13.9 minutes per game last season with the Los Angeles Clippers. Prigioni previously played for the Rockets in the second half of the 14-15 season after he was traded by the New York Knicks.

Prigioni is 39 after only joining the NBA at the age of 35 for the 12-13 season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Pablo Prigioni, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Terrence Jones Close To One-Year Deal With Pelicans

Jul 14, 2016 9:55 AM

Terrence Jones and the New Orleans Pelicans are nearing agreement upon a one-year deal.

Jones is an unrestricted free agent after the Houston Rockets did not extend a qualifying offer.

Jones will reunite with Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis.

In 2013-14, Jones co-existed with Dwight Howard in the frontcourt and averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 76 games.

Jones has averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds for his career.

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Tags: Terrence Jones, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Gave Andrew Bogut Choice Between Mavs, Rockets

Jul 13, 2016 10:01 PM

The Golden State Warriors gave Andrew Bogut the choice between joining the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets this offseason.

The Rockets were offering the Warriors the same deal Dallas made for Bogut.

The Philadelphia 76ers also expressed heavy interest but the Warriors felt like they owed it to Bogut to trade him to a team with realistic playoff aspirations.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Andrew Bogut, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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James Harden, Rockets Agree To Four-Year, $118M Renegotiated Extension

Jul 9, 2016 5:17 PM

James Harden and the Houston Rockets have agreed to a four-year, $118 million renegotiated extension.

The deal assures the Rockets of one additional year of Harden under contract in 2018-19 because of a player option that could return him to free agency in 2019.

"There's no indecision," Harden said at the news conference. "There's no doubt. There's new life."

Houston is allowed to use their own cap space to renegotiate the final two years of Harden's contract plus two new deals.

"We're building a new core with James here," Houston general manager Daryl Morey said at the news conference.

Harden had two years and $34.6 million left on his deal through 2018, and the renegotiation gives him nearly $10 million and $11 million raises on those salaries – and two new years in 2018-19 and 2019-20 at $30.4 million and $32.7 million a year, respectively.

In total, the Rockets are paying Harden an additional $83.5 million over the next four years.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nene Agrees To One-Year, $2.9M Deal With Rockets

Jul 6, 2016 2:03 PM

Nene has agreed to sign a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Houston Rockets.

Nene had been with the Washington Wizards since his trade from the Denver Nuggets in 2012.

Nene is no longer a starter quality big man but he's remained an effective rotation player.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Maybyner Nene, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Eric Gordon, Rockets Agree Upon Four-Year, $53M Deal

Jul 2, 2016 8:53 PM

Eric Gordon has agreed upon a four-year, $53 million deal with the Houston Rockets.

Gordon was also pursued by the Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks.

The Rockets previously agreed to sign Ryan Anderson on a four-year, $80 million deal.

Houston is attempting to reshape their roster around James Harden now that Mike D'Antoni has been hired by head coach.

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Tags: Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ryan Anderson Agrees To Four-Year, $80M Deal With Rockets
Ryan Anderson has agreed upon a four-year, $80 million deal with the Rockets.

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Al Horford Meets With Hawks, Rockets, Wizards, Celtics, Mystery Team
Wit the Hawks re-signing Kent Bazemore and also signing Dwight Howard, the odds of Al Horford re-signing have become slim.

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Dwight Howard Agrees To Three-Year, $70.5M Deal With Hawks
Dwight Howard has agreed upon a three-year, $70.5 million deal with the Hawks.

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Kent Bazemore Meeting With Rockets
Kent Bazemore had planned on waiting until July 5th to meet with any teams.

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Dwight Howard Seeking Starting Salary Of $24M On Open Market
Dwight Howard declined his $23.2 million player option for 16-17 with the Rockets to become a free agent.

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Cavs, Rockets, Heat, Warriors, Spurs Interested In Timofey Mozgov
The Cavs primarily used Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Channing Frye at the center spot in the playoffs.

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Rockets Tender Qualifying Offer To Motiejunas, Not Terrence Jones
Houston traded Donatas Motiejunas to the Detroit Pistons at the trade deadline but the deal was rescinded due to injury concerns.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Rockets, Knicks, Grizzlies Interested In Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon is coming off a four-year, $58 million deal signed in 2012.

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Mavs, Nets, Lakers, Pelicans, Rockets Interested In Mike Conley
Dallas has made Mike Conley one of their top priorities in free agency.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Rockets, Blazers Interested In Dwight Howard
The Rockets have interest in re-signing Dwight Howard on a non-maximum contract.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Dwight Howard To Meet With Hawks, Celtics
Dwight Howard is a free agent three seasons after signing with the Rockets in 2013.

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Al Horford To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Magic, Pistons, Wizards, Celtics, Nets
The Hawks can offer Al Horford a fifth season and more lucrative raises than any rival team.

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Some Teams View Kevin Durant Meetings As Chance To Lay 2017 Groundwork
Kevin Durant is expected to ultimately re-sign with the Thunder on a one-plus-one contract and become a free agent again in 2017.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Adam Kaufman/CBS Sports)

Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kyle Wiltjer Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Rockets
Kyle Wiltjer averaged 20.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 43.7 percent on three-pointers as a senior.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Gary Payton II Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Rockets
Gary Payton II went undrafted in Thursday's draft.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Alessandro Gentile Hoping To Sign With Rockets
Houston has significant interest in bringing over Alessandro Gentile this season, but they are likely to preserve salary cap space for the start of July free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Dwight Howard Declines $23.2M Option To Become Free Agent
Dwight Howard is coming off season averages of 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 71 games for the Rockets.

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Dunc'd On: Rockets Offseason, Dragan Bender Scouting Report
The Rockets have a projected $43 million in space and could get enough for two max slots if they shed a little more salary. Why they could make a really good pitch to Kevin Durant that he should at least listen to.

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James Harden Withdraws From 2016 Olympics
James Harden played for the United States in both the 2012 Olympics and 2014 World Cup.

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