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Rockets Hope To Bring Alessandro Gentile To NBA In 2016

Oct 6, 2015 12:32 PM

The Houston Rockets hope to bring Alessandro Gentile to the NBA for the 16-17 season.

The Rockets own the draft rights to Gentile, who was the 53rd overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Gentile has played for Milano since 2011 and was Serie A Finals MVP in 2014.

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Tags: Alessandro Gentile, Houston Rockets, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, Italian Lega Basket Serie A, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International League

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Dwight Howard: First Step In Becoming Champion Is Really Believing

Oct 4, 2015 10:38 PM

The Houston Rockets are title contenders again this season and Ty Lawson will give the team another element, but everything begins with Dwight Howard and James Harden.

“We want to grow,” said Howard. “James and myself want to take this team to a great level and I think that together we can lead this team in the right direction, we can be unstoppable. I truly believe that. All of us just have a great feeling about what we can accomplish. That’s the only thing that’s been on our mind. Man, we believe. The first step in trying to be a champion is really believing. This unit, we really believe we have a chance.”

Howard played in the 2009 NBA Finals with the Orlando Magic.

Howard can become a free agent next summer.

“I’m just looking forward to having an unbelievable season,” he said. “As the years go by, you don’t take anything for granted. I remember coming into the league [at age 18], and now I’m 30. It’s my 12th season and now I’m seeing guys who are 20 and 21 and they are just coming in.”


Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Dwight Howard Focused On Rockets' Title Pursuit, Not 2016 Free Agency

Sep 30, 2015 9:01 PM

Dwight Howard can become a free agent in 2016 if he opts out of the final season of his contract with the Houston Rockets, but he shed little light on his intentions when asked this week.

"There's no need to live in the future," Howard said. "I'm not a guy that lives in the future. The only moment that matters is right now, what we accomplish as a team. It starts with training camp. We just have to work on getting better every day.

"There's no need for me to focus on anything that is going to happen next summer. My job is to focus on how I can help this team be the best team in the NBA and win a championship."

Howard was pressured to declare whether he would opt out of the final season of his contract after the 2012-13 season. On the day of the 2012 trade deadline, the Rockets and Magic were involved in trade talks up until Howard's press conference in which he said he would not opt of the final season of his contract.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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

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Ty Lawson Believes He Could Be Difference-Maker Against Curry, Warriors

Sep 30, 2015 6:58 PM

Ty Lawson believes he could make a big difference for the Houston Rockets if they play the Golden State Warriors again in the playoffs.

“Steph Curry needed someone to go back at him,” Lawson told Yahoo Sports. “I thought Steph was just chillin’ on defense – and then going crazy on offense. He looked like he was just putting shots up and not working so much on the defensive end. He would just come down and hit three or four 3s. He can shoot when he’s got his legs under him.”

The Rockets primarily had Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni at point guard as Curry's defensive assignment.


“I’m not saying, ‘Oh, I’m going to stop Steph,' but just make him work harder at the other end. I saw that in the Cavs series too.

“He wasn’t really working at the other end.”

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Ty Lawson, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Daryl Morey: Rockets Already Have Makings Of Championship Team

Sep 27, 2015 8:24 PM

Daryl Morey is confident in the Houston Rockets' title chances this season after keeping most of their core in tact and adding Ty Lawson.

"If you look historically, championship teams have two or three elite-level players, and they're usually together for a bit," Morey said. "I expect this group to be together for a while.

"If this year we don't make it as far as we want, which is all the way to the LOB (Larry O'Brien trophy), I would expect to bring most of this group back, because the group we assembled is good enough to win. We have to prove that on the court, but I don't think you look at it and say there are obvious things that need to be changed for us to be a championship team."

The Rockets' title chances begin with James Harden and Dwight Howard.

"Let's be clear: There's a lot of execution to go from here to there," Morey said. "We have what we think is the top player at two positions (Harden and Howard), and we have very, very solid pieces to work around them all the way to players eight through 10.

"A lot of teams that look good on paper, like I think we do, don't finish it. But we have all the components."

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Rockets To Pick Up 16-17 Option On Clint Capela

Sep 27, 2015 8:20 PM

The Houston Rockets will pick up their option on a third season of Clint Capela's rookie contract.

The Rockets are conscious of their cap space in the 2016 offseason.

Capela was the 25th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Clint Capela, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jeremy Tyler Signs Camp Deal With Rockets

Sep 25, 2015 7:05 PM

Jeremy Tyler has signed a camp deal with the Houston Rockets.

Tyler played in China last season after spending the 13-14 season with the New York Knicks.

Tyler was the 39th overall pick in 2011 after playing in Israel and Japan straight out of high school.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Jeremy Tyler, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Montrezl Harrell, Rockets Finalizing Three-Year Deal

Sep 15, 2015 12:36 PM

Montrezl Harrell and the Houston Rockets will agree upon a three-year deal.

Harrell is expected to arrive in Houston this week to begin working out for training camp.

Harrell was the 32nd overall pick by the Rockets out of Louisville.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Montrezl Harrell, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ty Lawson Publicly Criticizes Connelly, Kroenke

Sep 13, 2015 10:59 PM

Ty Lawson replied to a comment on one of his own Instagram photos that criticized his play while with the Denver Nuggets.

Lawson was traded this offseason to the Houston Rockets.

Tim Connelly and Josh Kroenke were publicly supportive of Lawson during his struggles with alcohol.

Shannon Dizmang called Lawson "a disappointment here in Denver."

The response: "lol I wasn't a disappointment.... I did my job.. Tim Conelly and the kronke are bad owners and gm's."

James Herbert/CBS Sports

Tags: Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Dwight Howard Briefly Detained After Gun Found In Carry-On At Airport

Sep 2, 2015 5:28 PM

Dwight Howard was detained at the Houston Airport after TSA officials discovered a pistol in the bottom of a carry-on bag.

Howard told officials the gun was his and after being detained by law enforcement officials he was allowed to give the handgun to an associate.

The Houston District Attorney's office was contacted after Howard was detained and declined to press any criminal charges against him.

Guns are periodically found at both of Houston's main airports, Bush and William P. Hobby, and that few charges are filed or arrests made.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Chuck Hayes Agrees To One-Year Deal With Clippers
Chuck Hayes had previously agreed to a deal with the Rockets.

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Chuck Hayes Won't Sign With Rockets, Pursuing Other Teams
Chuck Hayes will not sign with the Rockets for the 15-16 season as expected.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Jason Terry Agrees To Re-Sign With Rockets On $1.5M Deal
Jason Terry has agreed to re-sign with the Rockets on a one-year deal, league sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Ty Lawson Completes 30-Day Rehab Program
Ty Lawson has completed his court-ordered 30-day stint in an alcohol rehabilitation program.

Mark Berman/Fox Houston

Nike Declines To Match Adidas' Offer For James Harden
Nike has decided not to match the 13-year, $200 million offer Adidas presented to James Harden.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Rockets Confident Ty Lawson Making Progress In Rehab
A source close to Ty Lawson said, "Ty is doing well. Great. Working hard, making progress."

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

James Harden Receives $200M Offer From Adidas
Nike's deal with James Harden has expired and he has until the end of the week to match the offer from Adidas.

Tyler Conway/Bleacher Report

Gersson Rosas Hired By USA Basketball
Gerssan Rosas has been VP of basketball operations for the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Dwight Howard, Chris Paul Plan To Attend Team USA Minicamp
Dwight Howard was Team USA's starting center on the 2008 gold medal team.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Rockets Agree To Deal With Chuck Hayes
Chuck Hayes played for the Rockets between 2006 and 2011.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Pablo Prigioni Waived By Nuggets
Pablo Prigioni was acquired by the Nuggets in the Ty Lawson trade from the Rockets.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Ty Lawson Agrees To Make Contract Non-Guaranteed For 16-17
With Ty Lawson in rehab for alcohol abuse, the non-guaranteed season gives the Rockets peace of mind should another issue arise.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Rockets Agree To Sign Marcus Thornton To One-Year Deal

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Lakers Were Only Other Team To Express Interest In Ty Lawson
The Lakers can't offer a first round pick until 2020 at the earliest and may not have even offered a future first rounder for Ty Lawson.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Rockets Acquire Ty Lawson From Nuggets
Houston will send Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson and a 2016 first rounder to the Nuggets for Ty Lawson.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

K.J. McDaniels Re-Signs With Rockets On Three-Year, $10M Deal
K.J. McDaniels re-signed with the Rockets on a three-year, $10 million deal.

Mark Berman/FOX 26

Lakers, Rockets, Pistons Interested In Ty Lawson
Ty Lawson could be dealt by the Nuggets before training camp.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Josh Smith, Clippers Reach Agreement
Josh Smith and the Clippers are finalizing terms on their agreement, league sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Clippers Interested In Josh Smith
Josh Smith averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 25.5 minutes per game with a PER of 15.2.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Sergio Llull, Real Madrid Agree Upon New Deal With Lower Buyout
Sergio Llull's buyout will be lower than the 5 million mark in his previous deal.

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