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Dwight Howard Progressing 'On Schedule', Hasn't Begun On-Court Rehab

Mar 4, 2015 8:26 PM

Dwight Howard is progressing "on schedule" four weeks after undergoing a bone marrow aspirate injection.

Howard has been out since Jan. 30 with the edema.

“He’s coming along,” Kevin McHale said. “I saw him on the treadmill which is a good sign, but I haven’t seen him on the floor. Until you see him on the floor, who knows.”

In addition to the weight room and pool workouts Howard began shortly after the Feb. 4 procedure, Howard has been running on a weight control treadmill.

Howard has not progressed to on-court "active" rehab that would include running, cutting and jumping.

“I’ve seen great players take two months off and come back and it takes them a while,” McHale said. “It’s just the pace of the game and the NBA grind. The game, the size, the speed, when you’re away from it and you’re out there, it just takes a little time. You need timing. You can’t get timing one-on-one at three-quarters speed for three weeks and then doing it at full spoeed for five days and jumping on the court. It just takes a lot of time.

“I’m hoping he comes back as soon as possible, but there’s no use in having him come back until he’s healthy and can play for us. I’m not sure how many games he will have under his belt at that time, but we have to make sure we make the best use of all those games. He’s got to get in the best rhythm he possibly can.”

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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

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James Harden Suspended One Game By NBA For Kicking LeBron James

Mar 2, 2015 6:35 PM

James Harden has been suspended one game without pay for kicking LeBron James, the NBA announced on Monday.

The incident occurred during the Houston Rockets' win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

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76ers Waive JaVale McGee, Allowed To Sign With Playoff Team

Mar 2, 2015 12:10 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to waive JaVale McGee in time for him to sign with a playoff team.

McGee did not have to give any money back for the opportunity to play in meaningful games this season. McGee is owed $12 million for next season.

The 76ers acquired a future first round pick from the Denver Nuggets while taking on McGee and his contract.

McGee played in six games for the 76ers.

The San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Miami Heat are mentioned as possible destinations for McGee.

Update: McGee was officially waived on Monday morning.

Yahoo's Marc J. Spears reports ten teams, mostly playoff contenders, have already expressed interest in McGee.

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Tags: JaVale McGee, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Philadelphia Sixers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Daryl Morey: Even We Had Doubts About James Harden Trade

Feb 26, 2015 2:44 PM

James Harden has become one of the NBA's best players since his trade to the Houston Rockets, but wasn't a clear-cut win at the time for Daryl Morey.

Some believed Harden would not be able to extend his production to superstar minutes when he was 6th Man of the Year with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"The Harden trade was about 60-40 in favor of our side at the time," said Morey. "Even we had doubts. You need to prepare yourself to be ready for those opportunities when they come. It's not like anyone's giving away these good players. You have to maneuver your way into them....The notion that people in analytics don't think talent wins is ludicrous."

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

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James Harden Sprains Right Ankle

Feb 26, 2015 11:18 AM

James Harden sprained his right ankle when stepping on Chris Paul's foot, which caused him to crumble to the floor.

Harden stayed in the game with just 3:57 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“It looked like he sprained it pretty bad, looking at it,” Kevin McHale said. “He’s a tough young man. He takes a lot of beating. He’s on the floor a lot. He gets knocked down. He’s very resilient. He just sucked it up and played. He brought it home.”

Harden left the arena limping badly.

“It’s pretty sore right now,” Harden said. “I’ll get some rest, ice it, get some rest tomorrow and hopefully be ready to go Friday. I just got up and walked it off.”

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Pablo Prigioni Traded By Knicks To Rockets For Two 2nd Rounders

Feb 19, 2015 3:36 PM

The New York Knicks have traded Pablo Prigioni to the Houston Rockets for two second round picks.

Alexey Shved will also go to the Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Pablo Prigioni, Alexey Shved, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings, Rockets Warned Goran Dragic Won't Re-Sign If Traded

Feb 19, 2015 9:42 AM

The Phoenix Suns are pursuing trades outside the preferred list of Goran Dragic, which is believed to feature the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat.

The Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings have aggressively discussed trade scenarios for Dragic with the Suns.

The Kings, however, are becoming increasingly hesitant about dealing for Dragic due to concerns he wouldn't re-sign in the offseason.

Both the Kings and Rockets have been warned that Dragic will not re-sign.

The Suns are seeking a package built around a young player with significant potential, as well as one or two first round picks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Focused On Goran Dragic Talks With Celtics, Rockets, Kings

Feb 18, 2015 1:44 PM

Goran Dragic prefers a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks or Miami Heat, but the Phoenix Suns are much more focused on holding discussions with the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings.

Dragic will be a free agent this offseason and both the Knicks and Lakers will have cap space to make a four-year, max offer.

Dragic can only receive a five-year contract from the team that he finishes the 14-15 season with.

"I don't trust them any more," said Dragic on Wednesday to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic in reference to the Suns' front office.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Goran Dragic, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Reggie Jackson Requests Trade From Thunder

Feb 18, 2015 1:34 PM

Reggie Jackson's agent has requested a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder before the deadline.

CAA’s Aaron Mintz made the request in the past seven to 10 days.

Jackson will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Sam Presti has made no commitment to moving Jackson, but has been willing to gauge the market and listen to pitches on potential deals as always, sources said.

Jackson’s role has been diminished, especially since the arrival of Dion Waiters in a January trade. Jackson has averaged 12.4 points, 4.2 assists and four rebounds for the Thunder this season.

Chris Broussard of ESPN reports the Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets are all interested in Jackson.

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Tags: Reggie Jackson, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Appear Prepared To Trade Goran Dragic

Feb 16, 2015 4:13 PM

The Phoenix Suns appear to be ready to trade away Goran Dragic rather than risk letting him leave in free agency.

The Suns seem to prefer to trade away Isaiah Thomas, but they cannot be assured of being able to re-sign Dragic.

The Houston Rockets are among the teams most active in pursuing Dragic.

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Tags: Goran Dragic, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets, Lakers Trying To Trade For Goran Dragic
The Rockets and Lakers plan on pursuing Goran Dragic in free agency if they can't trade for him.

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Rockets Expected To Pursue Jeremy Lin In Free Agency
Jeremy Lin was traded by the Rockets last offseason as they prepared a max contract offer to Chris Bosh.

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Kerr To Start Klay Thompson, James Harden For ASG
Steve Kerr will start Klay Thompson and James Harden for the injured Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant.

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Barkley Dismisses Analytics Following Taunt From Morey
Charles Barkley responded to a Tweet from Daryl Morey by criticizing analytics.

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Dwight Howard Expected To Rehab Knee For 6-8 Weeks
Dwight Howard has been doing strengthening exercises and workouts on an underwater treadmill.

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James Harden Added To Three-Point Contest
James Harden is fifth in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game while shooting at a 38.7 percent clip.

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Hawks' Starting Five, James Harden Named Players Of The Month
The Hawks start Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, Al Horford, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll.

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Dwight Howard Undergoes Bone Marrow Aspirate Injection
Dwight Howard will be reevaluated in four weeks.

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Dwight Howard Out At Least One Month With Knee Injury
Dwight Howard is still in the process of getting additional consultation from various doctors to determine the best treatment course for the knee.

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Dwight Howard Could Miss Extended Period With Knee Issue
Dwight Howard is suffering from swelling due to the accumulation of fluid in the knee.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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Kevin Garnett Suspended One Game, Dwight Howard Fined $15K For Altercation
Kevin Garnett has been suspended one game by the NBA for his altercation with Dwight Howard in Monday's game between the Nets and Rockets, the league announced.

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James Harden Leads NBA In Three-Pointers Created
James Harden leads the NBA in three-point field goals produced with 195 combined made three's and assisted three's.

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Kyle Lowry, James Harden Named NBA Players Of December
Kyle Lowry and James Harden have been named the NBA Players of the Month for December.

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Rockets Reassign Nick Johnson To Rio Grande Valley
Nick Johnson has played 17 games for the Rockets this season.

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Trevor Ariza Happy With Rockets' Decision, Transition
Trevor Ariza's versatility on defense has been invaluable to the Rockets.

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Jimmy Butler, James Harden Named NBA Players Of The Week
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls to a 4-0 week behind averages of 23.0 points (seventh in the conference), 7.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 blocks.

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Rockets Assign Clint Capela To D-League
Clint Capela has appeared in four games for the Rockets and recorded six rebounds, one assist, a steal and a block in 12 total minutes of playing time.

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Rockets Waive Tarik Black To Create Roster Spot For Smith
There are several teams interested in claiming Tariq Black.

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