Aug 31, 2014 8:07 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have agreed on a trade to acquire Jason Terry from the Sacramento Kings, according to sources.
The Rockets will send non-guaranteed contracts, including Alonzo Gee, to the Kings. Houston will acquire two second round draft picks, including one via the New York Knicks.
Terry was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Kings last season.
Aug 29, 2014 6:11 PM EDT
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) works through the Southwest Division with Ed Maisonet of The Sports Fan Journal and SBNation (@edthesportsfan) and Jonathan Tjarks of RealGM (@JonathanTjarks).
They review the events of the offseason including which teams improved and which teams got worse, with special attention for the overhauls in Dallas and Houston. After that, the group previews the upcoming season including ranking the teams 1-5 and predicting how many teams will make the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference.
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Aug 28, 2014 5:39 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have limited interest in Ramon Sessions.
Chances of the Rockets acquiring Sessions is "unlikely."
Houston currently has Patrick Beverley, Isaiah Canaan, Ish Smith and Troy Daniels in the point guard rotation.
Sessions played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets last season.
Aug 28, 2014 10:01 AM EDT
James Harden and Anthony Davis are the only holdovers from the 2012 Olympics team that will play for the United States in the World Cup.
“Right now, I think I would look to Harden as that leader,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said as his team continues to prepare for the tournament in which the winner earns an automatic berth in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “Harden is kind of a natural leader and he seems to be willing to accept that role. And you can just kind of feel it and sense. He’s the one.”
Harden's career trajectory changed dramatically after he was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets.
“It’s so many things these last couple of years that’s been thrown at me, from me being traded, to people talking, just everything,” Harden said. “I try to focus on myself and how can I be a better basketball player. It’s still basketball at the end of the day. I try to do it to the best of my ability and continue to work hard.”
Harden declared himself the best player in the world recently.
“I think everybody feels that way. Every NBA player. Even growing up, growing up youngins have dreams that they want to be the best basketball players in the world,” Harden said. “As a basketball player, or any athlete, you got to have confidence, you’ve got to have confidence the whole time. You just go out there and do your job and have confidence that your abilities are good enough. Whatever is thrown at me, I just try to take it for what it is and just have fun.”
Aug 27, 2014 7:42 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets signed Tarik Black to a two-year, partially guaranteed contract, a league source told RealGM.
The Rockets announced the signing on Wednesday afternoon.
Black, a 6-foot-8 forward, played 13 games for Houston in the July summer league.
After three seasons at Memphis, Black transferred to the University of Kansas where he averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a senior. He went undrafted in June.
Aug 22, 2014 12:41 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have agreed to re-sign Francisco Garcia.
Garcia will sign for one season at the veteran’s minimum, worth $1.32 million, a person with knowledge of the agreement said.
Aug 19, 2014 10:10 PM EDT
During a promotional event, James Harden declared himself the best all-around player in the NBA.
"I'm the best all-around basketball player in the NBA," said Harden.
While Harden has become one of the NBA's best scorers and was an All-NBA First Team selection in 2014, he has received criticism for his lack of commitment on defense.
Aug 08, 2014 5:54 PM EDT
Kostas Papanikolaou has agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets.
Papanikolaou most recently played for Barcelona.
Papanikolaou was the 48th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Papanikolaou is signing a two-yer deal with the first season at $4.8 million and the season as a team option for $4.6 million.
Jul 31, 2014 6:55 PM EDT
Chris Bosh was close to leaving the Miami Heat for the Houston Rockets before ultimately deciding to re-sign on a five-year, $118 million contract.
"It was close. I'm not going to lie," Bosh said on "The Zaslow and Joy Show" on FM 104.3 The Ticket in Miami. "It was close. It was a weird situation because we were waiting so long and I didn't know what was going on.
"I think you're always in a situation where it is close even if you don't leave because teams got very aggressive on me," Bosh said. "And I guess as soon as LeBron (James) made up his mind, that's when everything could fall in line. But I was just waiting, so I didn't know what was going on."
Jul 24, 2014 11:51 PM EDT
Chandler Parsons may have been motivated to leave the Houston Rockets for a bigger role.
James Harden believes the Rockets won't take a step back despite losing Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason.
"Dwight and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets," Harden said while appearing at a charity event in the Philippines, according to The Philippine Star. "The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces.
"I think we'll be fine next season."
Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season.
"That's a pretty ridiculous statement if he meant that," Parsons said. "That's part of the reason I wanted to go to Dallas, because I'm ready for that next step. I'm ready for a bigger role, and I'm ready for more leadership.
"If anybody should understand that, it's James, because he was in the same situation in Oklahoma City and then he got his chance to come to Houston and shine. I'm not real sure what that means."
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Francisco Garcia will likely make a decision in the next few weeks.
The Rockets had considered keeping Clint Capela in Europe this season in hopes of using cap space to sign Chris Bosh.
Nick Johnson will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year rookie contract with the Rockets, a league source told RealGM.
Dwight Howard praised the Rockets' addition of Trevor Ariza.
Mike Miller received better offers from the Nuggets and Rockets.
Jul 15, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Dirk Nowitzki accepted a three-year, $25 million contract to re-sign with the Mavericks.
The Rockets have agreed upon a one-year, veteran's minimum deal with Jeff Adrien.
Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons are both represented by Dan Fegan.
Joey Dorsey played for Barcelona this past season.
The Rockets gave Parsons an opportunity to explore free agency as a restricted free agent by opting out of the final year of his deal that would've paid him $964,750.
Jul 14, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Nuggets have given Mike Miller his best financial offer.
Troy Daniels’ deal with the Rockets is fully guaranteed.
Chris Bosh received "strong" offers from multiple teams beyond the Rockets, as the Nuggets, Suns and Lakers were also interested.
Jul 14, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Rockets hope to acquire another star player via trade after Chris Bosh decided to stay with the Heat.
Chris Bosh admitted that there was a "shock factor" when LeBron James decided to sign with the Cavaliers.
The Rockets declined their team option on Chandler Parsons to help their chances of signing a major free agent while keeping him from unrestricted free agency next summer.
Troy Daniels is in strong dialogue on a potential deal to re-sign with the Rockets, sources tell RealGM.
Trevor Ariza's contract contains declining salaries of $8.6 million, $8.2 million, $7.8 million and $7.4 million.
Jul 12, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Trevor Ariza previously played for the Rockets before he was traded to the Pelicans.
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