May 21, 2013 10:41 PM EDT
Dwight Howard is currently torn between re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers and joining the Houston Rockets in unrestricted free agency, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Howard's displeasure with Mike D'Antoni became known on Tuesday in a report from ESPN. During his exit interview with Mitch Kupchak, Howard reportedly said that he was frustrated with how D'Antoni used him and that he wasn't treated like a team leader the way he did with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.
Near the end of the regular season, all signs had pointed toward Howard re-signing with the Lakers.
May 21, 2013 10:22 AM EDT
The Houston Rockets have emerged as an attractive free agent possibility for Dwight Howard, according to sources.
Howard became familiar with the area after spending part of two summers ago working with Hakeem Olajuwon.
Howard is also intrigued by the possibility of playing with James Harden.
Howard will engage in the free agency process and is expected to hear pitches from the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and the Rockets.
May 13, 2013 5:10 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets will not pick up the team option on Francisco Garcia's contract for next season, according to sources.
Garcia will be an unrestricted free agent in July.
Garcia's deal for next season was worth $6.4 million.
After coming to the Rockets in a trade from the Sacramento Kings, Garcia became a critical reserve and was one of Houston's primary defenders on Kevin Durant in the first round of the playoffs.
May 10, 2013 4:39 PM EDT
The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Sam Hinkie as their new general manager.
Hinkie replaces Tony DiLeo and will have complete control over basketball operations.
Hinkie had been the Houston Rockets' vice president of basketball operations since 2010.
Hinkie brought an analytics background to his position with the Rockets.
Josh Harris and his ownership group had previously stated that they wanted a GM with an analytics background.
May 09, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
Kevin McHale wants the Houston Rockets to add more size in their starting lineup.
"I think we've got to play bigger," McHale said. "We played small especially after trading Patrick Patterson. A couple of guys stepped up and tried to play the four spot. We're going to have to play bigger, but one of the young bigs we have, I think one of those guys will definitely emerge, maybe a couple of them."
The Rockets tried several options at the power forward position, including Donatas Motiejunas and Greg Smith, with Thomas Robinson and Terrence Jones getting time as well.
In the playoffs against Oklahoma City, McHale elected to go with a smaller starting lineup that didn't feature a traditional power forward.
"Now, we need a summer of growth," McHale said. "I think Terrence Jones, Thomas Robinson, Donatas Motiejunas, one of those guys, or maybe a couple of them will have to step up and play well."
May 04, 2013 10:51 AM EDT
James Harden plans to be an active member of the Houston Rockets' recruiting efforts this summer.
"Hell, yeah," Harden said. "There's a lot of good options out there."
Asked specifically about Dwight Howard, Harden broke into a smile and added: "Maybe. Possibly."
The Rockets will have max-level cap space to utilize this summer.
May 03, 2013 7:14 PM EDT
Carlos Delfino is out for the remainder of the playoffs with a fractured right foot.
“Carlos has played a large role in our success so far this season and we are disappointed for him that he will not be able to finish out this playoff run,” said Daryl Morey. “Carlos would love nothing more than to be out there with his teammates as they prepare for tonight’s Game 6, but this is the type of injury that requires a surgical repair. We expect he will be fully recovered in time for the start of next season.”
Delfino posted averages of 9.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in five playoff appearances this postseason.
May 01, 2013 10:52 AM EDT
The Charlotte Bobcats have requested permission from the Houston Rockets to interview Kelvin Sampson for their head coaching vacancy.
Sampson has been an assistant coach with the Rockets since 2011.
Sampson was a head coach at Washington, Oklahoma and Indiana. After stepping down at Indiana amid scandal, Sampson has become a well respected assistant in the NBA.
Apr 29, 2013 8:02 PM EDT
Jeremy Lin was unavailable for the Houston Rockets' in Game 4 against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a bruised chest.
Lin has struggled throughout the series, and Patrick Beverley has been far more productive for the Rockets.
Francisco Garcia will start for the Rockets.
Apr 27, 2013 1:31 PM EDT
Patrick Beverley is sorry that Russell Westbrook suffered a torn meniscus while going for a steal before a timeout, but he doesn't apologize for being aggressive.
"I want to go against Russell Westbrook again and battle him again," Beverley told Yahoo! Sports by phone on Friday evening. "I didn't try to hurt him, but that play was something I've tried in the past, a play that worked against the Suns earlier in the season – and it's a play that I'm going to continue to try again."
Beverley abruptly left Arkansas before the start of his junior season to play in Ukraine after he confessed to turning in a paper he didn't write.
Beverley became a second round pick in 2009 and was the final cut by the Miami Heat one year later.
Beverley came to the Houston Rockets from Russia in the middle of the 12-13 season.
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The Rockets would be interested in hiring Stan Van Gundy if Kevin McHale steps down in the offseason.
Jeremy Lin's status for Game 3 is uncertain.
Jeremy Lin's numbers were approximately the same this season as they were last season.
The Thunder spoke to the Raptors about a trade centered on James Harden for Jonas Valanciunas.
Royce White previously indicated that a plan is in place for him to skip the D-League playoffs.
Royce White returned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday.
Five days after he left the team, Royce White has returned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
James Harden led the Rockets to a 3-0 week with averages of 26.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists.
Shaun Livingston was one of the Rocketsí final cuts in training camp.
Royce White posted on his Twitter account that he will rejoin the Houston Rockets next season.
Royce White was suspended in January for failing to report to the Vipers.
The Warriors (38-30) and Rockets (36-31) are currently positioned sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Western Conference.
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The Rockets continue to plan for an offseason in which they will pursue a prominent free agent big man.
Daryl Morey has rebuilt the Rockets with wise trades and signings, most notably acquiring James Harden in a trade last offseason.
Tyler Honeycutt had been playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.
Aaron Brooks signed for $2.4 million for the rest of the season, with a second season worth $2.5 million at the teamís option.
Aaron Brooks agreed to a buyout last week with the Kings.
Aaron Brooks signed a two-year, $6.6 million deal with the Kings last offseason.
The Kings have agreed to a buyout with Aaron Brooks.
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