Jul 22, 2014 11:17 PM EDT
Nick Johnson, the 42nd overall pick in June’s NBA draft, will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year rookie contract with the Houston Rockets, a league source told RealGM.
Johnson fell to the Rockets in the second round after his junior season at the University of Arizona, where he averaged 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
A strong, athletic guard at 6-foot-3, Johnson was one of the most dynamic players in Summer League this month. He played both backcourt positions, cemented himself as a rigid defender and had several remarkable dunks and transition baskets.
Johnson scored 12.5 points to go along with 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in Houston’s eight games in Las Vegas.
The Rockets lost Jeremy Lin in the backcourt this offseason, but they received promising efforts from Johnson and Isaiah Canaan in Summer League.
The Houston Chronicle first reported that Johnson will soon sign a deal with the Rockets.
Jul 20, 2014 1:59 AM EDT
Dwight Howard believes that Chandler Parsons' departure from the Houston Rockets will not have a major impact on the team next season.
"It won't affect us at all," Howard said. "We have myself and James. We have the best center and the best two guard in the game on the same team. It's on us."
Parsons spent three years as the Rockets' starter at small forward. He signed a three-year, $46 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
Howard praised the Rockets' addition of Trevor Ariza.
"He'll go through a wall for you," Howard said of Ariza, who was his teammate on the Orlando Magic. "Just to have soldiers on your team like that is great. We have that one-two punch with me and James. We're filling out our roster with guys who are willing to go through that wall and doing whatever it takes to win."
Jul 15, 2014 5:30 PM EDT
Mike Miller has agreed upon a two-year deal, $5.5 million with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Miller received better offers from the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets, but chose to reunite with close friend LeBron James.
Jul 15, 2014 3:43 PM EDT
Dirk Nowitzki accepted a three-year, $25 million contract to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks.
Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets approached Nowitzki with max offers, but he turned them down to remain with the Mavericks.
Jul 15, 2014 1:15 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have agreed upon a one-year, veteran's minimum deal with Jeff Adrien.
Adrien averaged 6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds across 53 gameas last season with the Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks.
Adrien is 28 and has played in 136 career games after going undrafted out of UConn.
Jul 15, 2014 12:54 PM EDT
Many around the NBA widely suspect that an unofficial part of Dwight Howard signing with the Houston Rockets was for the team to accelerate the free agency of Chandler Parsons.
Howard and Parsons are both represented by Dan Fegan.
No one directly involved with the Parsons negotiations, however, would confirm it.
The Rockets could have picked up their team option on Parsons at under $1 million, but they declined it in order for him to become a restricted free agent this offseason instead of an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
Parsons signed a three-year, $46 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks that the Rockets would have matched if they had also signed Chris Bosh.
Jul 15, 2014 12:14 PM EDT
Joey Dorsey and the Houston Rockets have agreed upon a two-year, $2 million deal.
Dorsey will play as a backup at center to Dwight Howard.
Dorsey played for Barcelona this past season.
Dorsey was a second round pick by the Rockets in 2008.
Jul 14, 2014 11:31 PM EDT
Chandler Parsons joined the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday as the Houston Rockets declined to match his three-year, $46 million contract.
"Honestly, I was offended by the whole process," Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday in a phone interview. "They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that's just how they viewed me as a player. I don't think I've scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I'm ready for that role.
"You can't knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That's what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that."
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.
The Rockets went after superstar free agents such as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh.
"They really showed how much they cared for me," Parsons said. "They didn't want me to wait for Bosh. They didn't want me to wait for 'Melo. They came forward first."
The Rockets ultimately decided to sign Trevor Ariza to a three-year, $32 million contract.
"Throughout the whole process they pretty much told me they were going to match everything," Parsons said. "I understand it's a business. I understand they had to do what they thought was best for their organization. It definitely caught me off-guard a little bit."
Parsons said he has "nothing but respect" for his former club though.
"They gave me my first opportunity,” Parsons said. "They believed in me. They drafted me. I have nothing but love and respect for them. They will have a special place in my heart. The fans were unbelievable and I hope they have no hard feelings. I had to do what is best for my career."
Jul 14, 2014 8:24 PM EDT
The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets have entered the picture to sign Mike Miller.
Miller has also received interest from the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers, among other clubs.
The Nuggets have given Miller his best financial offer.
Update: Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports that Miller is currently leaning towards signing with the Cavaliers, though the Nuggets remain in play.
Jul 14, 2014 7:12 PM EDT
Free agent guard Troy Daniels has agreed to a two-year contract with the Houston Rockets, league sources told RealGM.
Daniels’ deal with the Rockets is fully guaranteed on a minimum salary.
RealGM first reported on July 12 that the Rockets and Daniels had been in strong discussions on a new deal.
A revelation out of the NBA’s Development League, Daniels rose from an undrafted player to a contributing reserve in the Rockets’ first round series a season ago. He averaged nearly eight points per game in four postseason games – highlighted by a game-winning three-pointer in Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Several teams expressed interest in Daniels in restricted free agency, but the 22-year-old grew comfortable in his niche with the Rockets and there was mutual interest for his return.
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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.
Troy Daniels became a key part of the Rockets' rotation in the playoffs.
Chris Bosh has also considered the Rockets.
The Cavaliers previously had a trade agreed upon with the Bobcats involving Alonzo Gee.
The Mavericks have moved on to engage Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza in free agency talks.
Jul 11, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Rockets must clear Jeremy Lin to create cap space.
Jul 11, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Chris Bosh has received a four-year, $88 million max contract offer from the Rockets.
The Rockets would like to sign Chris Bosh to a max offer sheet and need to clear Jeremy Lin.
The Rockets and Mavericks discussed sign-and-trade discussions briefly before the offer sheet was submitted.
Donnie Nelson said that the Mavericks are still exploring options and that the offer sheet won't be submitted until Thursday night.
If the Rockets do not acquire Chris Bosh, Chandler Parsons will be a tough call for the Rockets.
The Rockets would need to sign Chris Bosh before matching Chandler Parsons' offer sheet with the Mavericks.
Jul 09, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Chandler Parsons is a restricted free agent, which will give the Rockets three days to match.
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Chris Bosh is a native of Texas and plays a position of need for the Rockets.
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