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Chandler Parsons Looking Forward To Recruiting Dwight Howard

Feb 3, 2016 7:29 PM

Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard have recently rekindled their friendship.

Parsons played a big role in recruiting Howard to the Houston Rockets in 2013 before he signed with the Dallas Mavericks in 2014.

Parsons plans on helping the Mavericks with their recruiting efforts for Howard.

“For sure,” Parsons said. “I’m talking to him (routinely), obviously, and we share the same agent with Dan Fegan … Obviously I have a really close relationship with Dwight and one year wasn’t enough playing with him in Houston. I was a big reason why he went there, so I’ll have to revisit that when the time is appropriate. The relationship I had with him, and making him feel comfortable, that was big (in Houston).

“We still talk all the time … We’re friends, on and off the court. And I don’t just do it because he’s a free agent. It’s just a relationship we’ve built over the years. He still has a lot left in the tank. You look at the playoffs last year, and he was dominant … When he’s healthy he can go, and he’s one of the most dominant players in the league, so I’m a big fan of his game.”

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Dwight Howard, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Still Planning All-Out Pursuit Of Kevin Durant

Feb 3, 2016 6:23 PM

The Houston Rockets continue to plan an all-out pursuit in free agency of Kevin Durant.

The Rockets have long believed they're in as good of a position as any team to sign Durant away from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant and James Harden remain close friends. Harden was traded by the Thunder to the Rockets in 2012.

The Rockets can sign Durant to a max contract while also re-signing Dwight Howard.

Calvin Watkins, Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Not Interested In Trading Away Dwight Howard

Feb 3, 2016 6:20 PM

The Houston Rockets have no interest in trading away Dwight Howard ahead of the deadline.

Howard can become a free agent this offseason and has been linked to the Boston Celtics.

“We’re just focused on this season," said Daryl Morey. "So is Dwight. If we as a team and he as a player play(s) like we know he’s capable and has been this year and was last year, all that stuff takes care of itself. There’s no way we make the conference finals last year without Dwight and there’s no way are making the solid playoff push this year without Dwight.”

According to ESPN sources, the Rockets are approaching the deadline intent to keep Howard.

 

Brian T. Smith/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nets Granted Permission To Interview Gersson Rosas

Feb 3, 2016 12:26 PM

The Houston Rockets have granted permission to the Brooklyn Nets to interview Gersson Rosas.

The Nets have a vacancy after GM Billy King was moved to an advisory role last month after spending five and half seasons on the job. 

Rosas has been with the Rockets for over 10 seasons, leaving briefly in 2013 to become GM of the Dallas Mavericks. Rosas returned to the Rockets in October of 2013.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Tags: Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Interested In Trading For Dwight Howard

Feb 3, 2016 11:43 AM

The Boston Celtics have engaged the Houston Rockets on a trade centered around Dwight Howard.

Howard can opt out of his deal this offseason.

With declining health, trading for Howard and subsequently giving him a new max contract would be a significant risk for the Celtics.

The Celtics have a deep collection of future first round picks incoming from the Brooklyn Nets and multiple other teams.

Howard was asked about the report on Wednesday.

"There's always going into be rumors and speculation," Howard said. "I don't want to pay attention to it. I didn't say it. What can I do? There's nothing I can say. Teams are going to say what they have to say. It doesn't matter what I say. I'm here now. I'm a Rocket. That's the only thing that matters.

"People are always going to have rumors and say certain things. It doesn't matter. It's just a distraction. Nobody thinks about that stuff. I know my mind is on trying to get better every day. I feel like I was in a good stretch and got hurt. I'm going to try to get back. That's my mindset. We don't sit around and talk about what's going to happen next year because that means you're really not in it. You don't want to have those thoughts."

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Dwight Howard, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nets Considering Arturas Karnisovas, Gersson Rosas For GM Job

Jan 25, 2016 11:58 AM

The Brooklyn Nets' general manager search has widened beyond Bryan Colangelo and Danny Ferry.

Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and Houston Rockets executive VP of basketball operations Gersson Rosas are also candidates.

The Nets would like to have a general manager i place before the Feb. 18th trade deadline.

Karnisovas and Rosas fit the Nets' desire to have a more global scouting focus, something ownership believes was lacking under the previous regime. 

Brooklyn fired Billy King as general manager this month.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard Disappointed With Test On Left Ankle

Jan 23, 2016 6:58 PM

Dwight Howard was disappointed with the results when he tested his sprained left ankle on Saturday during practice.

“I did some running today. Still couldn’t do a lot,” Howard said. “Hopefully, it will feel better tomorrow. I thought I was going to be ready to run today, but it wasn’t working.”

Howard said he still had pain in his ankle “especially when I’m running.”

“That’s the next step, to be able to run without pain, then jump and then cut through all the stuff I like to do and the way I like to play,” Howard said. “It wouldn’t be smart of me to just try to rush.”

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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

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Rockets Expect To Keep Ty Lawson Through Deadline

Jan 22, 2016 11:52 AM

The Houston Rockets expect to keep Ty Lawson through the deadline.

The Rockets had been shopping Lawson in trade talks.

Lawson's contract for the 16-17 season is non-guaranteed, which he agreed to as a condition of his trade from the Denver Nuggets to the Rockets in the offseason.

Lawson has struggled to fit in with the Rockets this season.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Ty Lawson, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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K.J. McDaniels Commits Five Fouls In 10 Seconds On Andre Drummond

Jan 20, 2016 11:13 PM

The Houston Rockets used K.J. McDaniels to commit five immediate intentional fouls upon Andre Drummond to begin the second half as they trailed the Detroit Pistons. McDaniels committed five fouls in the first 10 seconds of the quarter.

The Rockets wanted to immediately put the Pistons in the penalty to force Drummond to shoot free throws.

"Anything for my teammates. I know they'd do anything for me," said McDaniels.

The Rockets took the lead in less than three minutes by fouling Drummond on every possession.

The Pistons were forced to remove Drummond from the game.

While Drummond finished the game 13-for-36 from the line, the Pistons won the game 123-114.

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Tags: Andre Drummond, K.J. McDaniels, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Ty Lawson Suspended Three Games By NBA For DUI

Jan 7, 2016 3:05 PM

Ty Lawson has been suspended three games without pay by the NBA for his DUI charge in California.

Lawson was previously suspended this season for a prior DUI arrest.

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Tags: Ty Lawson, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Suspension

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J.B. Bickerstaff: Rockets Have Repeatedly Disrespected The Game
J.B. Bickerstaff said it's on him to start sitting those who aren't focused on team success.

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James Harden: We Have To Find Ourselves Defensively
The Rockets held the Spurs to just 92.0 points per 100 possessions in their 88-84 win.

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Rockets Finding Minimal Ty Lawson Trade Options
Ty Lawson agreed to make his $13.2 million salary for 16-17 fully non-guaranteed as part of the offseason trade.

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Dwight Howard Would Like To Keep Playing In NBA Into His 40s
Dwight Howard missed 41 games last season due to knee issues, but he's been healthier this season.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Corey Brewer One Of 26 Players Who Can't Be Traded Until Jan. 15th
The Rockets and Suns have seriously discussed a trade of Corey Brewer and Terrence Jones for Markieff Morris.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Ty Lawson To Receive Two-Game Suspension, Rockets Looking For Trade
Ty Lawson recently reached a legal resolution in his cases.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Dwight Howard: I Chose To Go To Houston
Dwight Howard has a player option for next season worth $23.2 million, but the Rockets are expecting him to opt out and become a free agent.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Dwight Howard Denies Report Of Being Unhappy With Rockets
Dwight Howard strongly dismissed reports that he is unhappy with his situation with the Rockets.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Dwight Howard Reportedly Unhappy With Rockets' Situation
Chris Sheridan predicts Dwight Howard will be traded to the Heat by this year's deadline.

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Dwight Howard Turns 30, Says Winning Title Only Thing He Plays For
Dwight Howard said his birthday wish is to win a championship.

ESPN

Montrezl Harrell Assigned By Rockets To D-League
Montrezl Harrell has appeared in 15 games with one start for the Rockets this season.

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Rockets Tell Ty Lawson He's Not Being Shopped In Trades
Ty Lawson has played well over the past two games as he's played with the second unit.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Morey: James Harden's Personal Life Not A Factor In Play
James Harden spent his offseason in a high profile relationship with Khloe Kardashian and also signed a $200 million contract with Adidas.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Rockets To Start Jason Terry Instead Of Ty Lawson
Ty Lawson seems to have already bought into the bench role behind Jason Terry.

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Celtics, Mavs Interested In Hiring Kevin McHale As Consultant
Danny Ainge immediately reached out to Kevin McHale following his dismissal from the Rockets about a role with the Celtics.

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Sam Dekker To Undergo Back Surgery
Sam Dekker is expected to miss three months.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Thibodeau Could Be Longer Term Candidates For Rockets
Both Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau have ties to the Rockets and are available coaches.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Rockets Fire Kevin McHale, Promote J.B. Bickerstaff To Interim Head Coach
The Rockets have fired Kevin McHale after a 4-7 start.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Rockets Hold Players-Only Meeting
The Rockets held a players-only meeting on Tuesday as they continue their early season struggles.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

K.J. McDaniels Assigned By Rockets To D-League
K.J. McDaniels has played in three games this season for the Rockets.

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