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Harden: I'm The Best All-Around Player In The NBA

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.

Via Royce Young/ESPN

Kostas Papanikolaou Agrees To Deal With Rockets

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.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Bosh: Leaving Heat For Rockets Was Close

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."
Via ESPN

Parsons Left Rockets In Part For Bigger Role

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."

Via Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Francisco Garcia Discussing Deal With Rockets, Others

Francisco Garcia is considering a possible deal with the Houston Rockets among other teams.

“We’ve talked about him,” agent Aaron Goodwin said of conversations with the Rockets. “Francisco is just looking for the opportunity to continue to play toward a championship. We’re looking through his options, seeing what would be the best opportunities for him. He definitely has interest in the Rockets.”

Garcia will likely make a decision in the next few weeks. He opted out of his contract for next season in order to become a free agent.

The Utah Jazz have been mentioned as a team interested in Garcia.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Rockets Sign Clint Capela

The Houston Rockets have signed first round pick Clint Capela.

The Rockets had considered keeping Capela in Europe this season in hopes of using cap space to sign Chris Bosh.

The Rockets will pay the maximum $500,000 to Capela's previous club, France Chalon, to receive his official FIBA letter of clearance. 

Under the NBA rookie scale, Capela will make $991,000 next season and $1.03 million the 2014-15 season with options for two more seasons.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Nick Johnson To Sign Guaranteed, Three-Year Rookie Deal With Rockets

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.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Dwight Howard: Chandler Parsons' Departure Won't Affect Rockets At All

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."

Via Associated Press

Mike Miller Agrees To Two-Year, $5.5M Deal With Cavs

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.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN

Nowitzki Rejected Max Offers From Lakers, Rockets To Re-Sign With Mavs For $25M Over Three

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.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Houston Rockets Archives

Jeff Adrien Agrees To One-Year Deal With Rockets

The Rockets have agreed upon a one-year, veteran's minimum deal with Jeff Adrien.

Rockets May Have Accelerated Parsons' Payday As Unofficial Part Of Dwight's Deal

Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons are both represented by Dan Fegan.

Joey Dorsey, Rockets Agree Upon Two-Year, $2M Deal

Joey Dorsey played for Barcelona this past season.

Parsons 'Offended' By Treatment From Rockets In Free Agency

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.

Mavericks, Rockets Also Trying to Sign Mike Miller

The Nuggets have given Mike Miller his best financial offer.

Troy Daniels Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Rockets

Troy Danielsí deal with the Rockets is fully guaranteed.

Chris Bosh Also Received Strong Offers From Nuggets, Suns, Lakers

Chris Bosh received "strong" offers from multiple teams beyond the Rockets, as the Nuggets, Suns and Lakers were also interested.

Rockets To Pursue Trade For Rajon Rondo Or Kevin Love

The Rockets hope to acquire another star player via trade after Chris Bosh decided to stay with the Heat.

Bosh: It Was Hard Choice Turning Down Rockets

Chris Bosh admitted that there was a "shock factor" when LeBron James decided to sign with the Cavaliers.

Rockets Decline To Match Chandler Parsons' $46M Offer Sheet With Mavs

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, Rockets In Strong Talks On Deal

Troy Daniels is in strong dialogue on a potential deal to re-sign with the Rockets, sources tell RealGM.

Trevor Ariza Agrees To $32M Deal With Rockets

Trevor Ariza's contract contains declining salaries of $8.6 million, $8.2 million, $7.8 million and $7.4 million.

Rockets Appear Out On Luol Deng, Still Pursuing Trevor Ariza

Trevor Ariza previously played for the Rockets before he was traded to the Pelicans.

Cavaliers In Talks With Troy Daniels, James Jones

Troy Daniels became a key part of the Rockets' rotation in the playoffs.

Chris Bosh, Heat Agree Upon Five-Year, $118M Deal

Chris Bosh has also considered the Rockets.

Alonzo Gee Traded By Cavs To Pelicans

The Cavaliers previously had a trade agreed upon with the Bobcats involving Alonzo Gee.

Mavs Expect Parsons' Offer Sheet To Be Matched, Engaging Deng, Ariza

The Mavericks have moved on to engage Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza in free agency talks.

Lakers Acquire Jeremy Lin, Future First Round Pick From Rockets

The Rockets must clear Jeremy Lin to create cap space.

Rockets Expect Commitment From Chris Bosh To Come Soon

Chris Bosh has received a four-year, $88 million max contract offer from the Rockets.

Rockets Now Moving Quickly On Jeremy Lin Trade

The Rockets would like to sign Chris Bosh to a max offer sheet and need to clear Jeremy Lin.
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