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Rockets To Make James Harden Their Full-Time Point Guard

Sep 26, 2016 2:38 PM

Mike D'Antoni will make James Harden the Houston Rockets' full-time point guard.

"With James you make a joke he's a 'points guard' because he's going to score some points," D'Antoni said.

Under the new up-tempo offense, D'Antoni has decided to put the ball in Harden's hands more than last season, like a traditional point guard.

Harden set career highs in usage rate (32.5 percent) and points-per-game average (29) last season.

"He's more or less responsible giving rhythm to the team, that's what a point guard does," D'Antoni said. "He's going to be on the ball and he's going to be distributing the ball and it will take some adjusting. He's got a lot more responsibilities as a point guard. A playcaller, a good basketball mind, he's already telling guys we can do this we can do that."

Harden said he expects shooting guards to continue to guard him.

"Just a lot of trust. My teammates trust in me to make the right decision whether its scoring or whether its making a play," Harden said. "We have a lot of guys who are more than capable to create and knock down shots and that's what is going to open our floor. A lot more guys are going to get open shots left and right."

When asked if he is a point guard now, Harden joked, "No, I'm a basketball player."

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

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Dunc'd On: HOU Season Outlook w/Rahat Huq, CHA Season Outlook w/Spencer Percy

Sep 26, 2016 12:27 AM

Dunc'd On's Season Outlook for the Houston Rockets with Rahat Huq of Red94.net. We analyze how the Rockets will look after the acquisition of Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, how they look without Dwight Howard, potential breakout and regression candidates, overrated and underrated players, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and finally give our predictions for the Rockets season.

At 1:01:00, we give the same treatment to the Charlotte Hornets with Spencer Percy, managing editor of Queen City Hoops.

 

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Houston Rockets, NBA, Dunc'd On

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RealGM Radio: Southwest Division With Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks

Sep 24, 2016 12:14 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated (@RobMahoney) and Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer (@JonathanTjarks) break down the Southwest Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (9:06), choose the Southwest’s best newcomer (32:09) and pick the rookies they are most excited to see (39:13).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (45:39), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the Central (50:31), choose breakout players (59:46) and much more.

 

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, RealGM Radio

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Bucks Acquire Michael Beasley From Rockets For Tyler Ennis

Sep 22, 2016 4:17 PM

The Houston Rockets have traded Michael Beasley to the Milwaukee Bucks for Tyler Ennis.

The Rockets signed Beasley at the end of the 15-16 season after he was finished with his season in China.

Beasley will give the Bucks depth on the wing with Khris Middleton out six months with a torn hamstring.

Ennis averaged 4.5 points, 2.1 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 14.2 minutes over 46 games last season for the Bucks. Ennis was the 18th overall pick out of Syracuse in 2014.

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Tags: Michael Beasley, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Donatas Motiejunas Waiting On Rockets To Make 'Serious Offer'

Sep 15, 2016 10:53 AM

Donatas Motiejunas remains stuck in restricted free agency with the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets made a $3.4 million qualifying offer to Motiejunas this summer that he may not accept.

"They haven't made us a serious offer," Motiejunas' agent, BJ Armstrong, told ESPN on Wednesday. "Our moment of truth will be Oct. 1. We'll make a decision on that day."

Motiejunas, who started in 22 of 37 total games last season, has met with new coach Mike D'Antoni and was told he would have a significant role with the team.

The Rockets traded Motiejunas to the Pistons at the deadline but the deal was vetoed due to Detroit's concerns about his back.

"There's only so much we can do based on the current CBA," Armstrong said. "I'm not frustrated -- this is what it is. We'll know where the Rockets stand by [Oct. 1]. All deals get done in the 11th hour."

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Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Meet Face-To-Face With Zhou Qi For First Time

Sep 7, 2016 11:31 AM

The Houston Rockets met face-to-face with Zhou Qi for the first time.

Zhou played for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association last season, averaged 15.1 points and 8.6 rebounds. He led the CBA in blocks the last two seasons. Zhou also participated in the Olympics for China.

Zhou doesn't have an out clause in his contract with the Flying Tigers to join the NBA this season.

The Rockets picked Zhou in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Tags: Zhou Qi, Houston Rockets, Xinjiang Guanghui, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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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.

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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.

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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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Pablo Prigioni, Rockets Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
The second year of Pablo Prigioni's deal with the Rockets is a team option.

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Terrence Jones Close To One-Year Deal With Pelicans
Terrence Jones is an unrestricted free agent after the Rockets did not extend a qualifying offer.

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Warriors Gave Andrew Bogut Choice Between Mavs, Rockets
The 76ers also expressed heavy interest but the Warriors felt like they owed it to Andrew Bogut to trade him to a team with realistic playoff aspirations.

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James Harden, Rockets Agree To Four-Year, $118M Renegotiated Extension
In total, the Rockets are paying James Harden an additional $83.5 million over the next four years.

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Nene Agrees To One-Year, $2.9M Deal With Rockets
Nene had been with the Wizards since his trade from the Nuggets in 2012.

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Eric Gordon, Rockets Agree Upon Four-Year, $53M Deal
Eric Gordon was also pursued by the Grizzlies and Knicks.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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