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Hawks 'Pretty Much Told' Chris Paul He'd Be Picked No. 2 At 2005 Draft

Mar 20, 2019 7:56 AM

Chris Paul fell to No. 4 in the 2005 NBA Draft as the Atlanta Hawks picked Marvin Williams Jr. at No. 2. Paul had expected to go to the Hawks.

"I got up at the draft," Paul said of when the second pick was about to be announced. "They pretty much told me they were picking me. I found a house (in Gwinnett County) and everything."

The Utah Jazz then picked Deron Williams at No. 3 and Paul was selected by the then-New Orleans Hornets at No. 4.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA

Daryl Morey Agrees To Five-Year Extension With Rockets

Mar 13, 2019 1:24 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Daryl Morey.

Morey had been in the final season of his contract with the Rockets. Morey became GM of the Rockets in 2007.

"I'm super happy," Morey said. "I'd love to be with the Rockets for life. This obviously solidifies us for a little while. I'm just really thankful to Tilman Fertitta for having the faith in our team. And really, it is about us having a team of people that makes this all work; Coach (Mike) D'Antoni, (vice president) Keith Jones, (vice president) Gersson Rosas, (trainer) Jason Biles, (assistant general manager) Monte McNair, (assistant general manager) Eli Witus, (assistant general manager, Vipers GM) Jimmy Paulis.

"We have too many people to mention, but I'm only as good as the people behind me."

The Rockets haven't won a title since 1995.

"We're trying to give ourselves a chance to win every year," Morey said. "I feel like we've done that most years well while our team of people have been here. I think we've given ourselves a very good chance to win this year. Frankly, I think that's all you can ask for a group working with a team. Obviously, we'd love to deliver a ring this year or very soon."

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Eric Gordon: No Other Team But Rockets Have A Chance Against Warriors

Mar 12, 2019 6:49 PM

After a slow start to the season, the Houston Rockets have emerged again as a legitimate challenger to the Golden State Warriors' hegemony. 

Eric Gordon was asked if he believes the Warriors see the Rockets as their foremost challenger.

“They have to,” Gordon said. “We’re a lot smaller than last year — we’re a different team — but we match up well with them. I really do believe there’s no other team but us that can really have a chance against them.”

The Rockets took the Warriors to seven games in last season's Western Conference Finals.

"We’re peaking at the right time," Gordon said. “I think we’re right there with them.”

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Tags: Eric Gordon, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA

Rockets Agree To Convert Two-Way Contract Of Danuel House

Mar 12, 2019 5:06 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to convert the two-way contract of Danuel House.

The deal will be for the remainder of the current season.

House had turned down the Rockets' offer to convert his two-way contract in January as they had initially offered a non guaranteed three-year minimum deal. The Rockets also offered a guaranteed three-year minimum deal.

House had been in the G League while in limbo as his two-way allotment of NBA days had been used.

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Tags: Danuel House, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mike D'Antoni Compares The Latter Stages Of Chris Paul's Career To Steve Nash

Mar 9, 2019 12:21 PM

Mike D'Antoni compared the late stage of Chris Paul's career with Steve Nash in terms of Paul's ability to think through a game as he gets older.

"I saw Steve Nash do the same thing. Dallas gave [Nash] up for dead, but they didn't know his brains and how much he wanted it and how much he was willing to sacrifice his life to prepare himself to do it. As long as [Paul] has that, there's no way he's going to get dumber or whatever," said D'Antoni.

Though Paul is averaging a career-low in points and field goal percentage, he leads the league by creating 6.8 "wide open" looks per game. The Rockets also have an offensive efficiency of 117.1 with Paul on the court.

"I learned a lot of stuff about my body [during the injury]. And I'm just going to keep trying to implement different things and keep trying to get as strong as possible. I'm still not where I want to be eventually, but I feel like I'm in a great place right now," added Paul.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Raptors, Rockets To Play 2 Preseason Games In Japan

Mar 4, 2019 10:39 PM

The Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors will play two preseason games at the Saitama Super Arena just outside of Tokyo.

Scheduled for October 8th and 10th, it will be the first time a NBA team has played in Japan since 2003. 

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Tags: Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, NBA, International, NBA B-Ball IQ, International B-Ball IQ

Daryl Morey Supports Play-In Tournament, Byes For Playoffs

Mar 4, 2019 10:20 PM

Appearing on Zach Lowe's podcast recorded at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Daryl Morey stated that there should be a play-in tournament to get into the playoffs.

"I strongly support it," said Morey. "The thing I strongly support is the conceptual [idea that Adam Silver proposed]...it's better when there are tiers in the playoffs, like clear tiers."

Morey added that he also supports teams getting byes in the playoffs to make getting a higher seed more meaningful.

"I absolutely support byes...we should not make sacred the seeds past 5...why is there a sanctity around the 8th seed getting screwed by a play-in tournament? Who cares?"

Lowe added that he thinks a play-in tournament could be in place before 2025.

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

Rockets To Sign Terrence Jones To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 3, 2019 10:12 PM

The Houston Rockets will sign Terrence Jones to a second 10-day contract.

Jones was signed to a 10-day contract on Feb. 22 to help the Rockets reach the requirement to have 14 players under contract.

Jones played just 78 seconds in one game with the Rockets this season. 

Jones had averaged 23.5 points and 9.4 rebounds with the Erie Bayhawks in the G League this season.

RealGM Staff Report

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James Harden's 30-Point Streak Ends At 32

Feb 26, 2019 10:30 AM

The 30-point streak of James Harden ended on Monday after 32 games. The Hawks held Harden to 28 points in the game.

Harden's 32-game run of performances of 30 points or more marked the second-longest such streak in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain's 65-game streak.

"It was cool," he said. "I knew I wasn't going to get to No. 1."

Harden had a chance to get to 30 before the final buzzer, but elected to hold onto the ball with the game decided.

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James Harden Listed As Questionable Against Warriors

Feb 23, 2019 12:58 PM

James Harden is listed as questionable for the Houston Rockets game against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night with a cervical strain in his neck.

Harden received treatment on his shoulder and neck during the Rockets' loss against the Lakers on Thursday.

Harden had 44 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists in his last trip to Oracle Arena. 

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

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

James Harden: Scott Foster Has Personal Issue, He Shouldn't Officiate Our Games Anymore
James Harden was critical of Scott Foster after Houston's 111-106 loss at the Lakers in which he fouled out.

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Rockets Sign Chris Chiozza To 10-Day Contract
Chiozza averaged 13.1 points and 6.8 assists in the G League.

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Rockets Sign Terrence Jones To 10-Day Contract
Jones was drafted by the Rockets in the first-round of the 2012 draft.

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Chris Paul On Matchup WIth Rajon Rondo: 'Write The Check, Move On'
Paul and Rondo, along with Brandon Ingram, were ejected and suspended for fighting in a matchup earlier this season.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

James Harden Characterizes Streak As Something He Has To Do To Help Rockets Win
James Harden is averaging 41.5 points on 27.3 field goal attempts during his streak.

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Clint Capela Expected To Return After All-Star Break
Capela has been out since injuring his thumb on January 13th.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Markieff Morris Cleared To Play, Receives Interest From Rockets, Lakers
Markieff Morris has been sidelined since Dec. 26 after being diagnosed with transient cervical neurapraxia.

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Rockets Get Under Tax With Trade Of Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin To Pacers
The deal allows the Rockets to get under the luxury tax.

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Rockets Trade James Ennis To 76ers For 2021 2nd Round Swap
The Rockets have agreed to trade James Ennis to the 76ers.

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Rockets Acquire Iman Shumpert, Kings Get Alec Burks In Three-Way Trade
The Rockets, Kings and Cavaliers have agreed to a three-team trade.

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Rockets Looking To Acquire Alec Burks From Cavs
The Cavs recently acquired Burks and two 2nd-round picks for Kyle Korver.

Jason Lloyd/The Athletic

Kobe Bryant Doesn't Believe James Harden's Style Will Ever Win Title
James Harden has scored at least 30 points in 27 straight games.

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Mike Malone: Nuggets 'Not Scared Of Anybody', Ready For Rockets In Playoffs
Malik Beasley finished with a career-high 35 points.

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Rockets, Grizzlies Discussing Brandon Knight Deal
Knight will make $15.6 million next season.

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Marquese Chriss Seeks More Playing Time Or Trade From Rockets
Chriss has appeared in just 15 games this season with the Rockets.

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James Harden: Chris Paul Had 'A Little Extra Pep' In His Return
D'Antoni added that he wants to limit Harden's minutes down to 35 per game.

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PJ Tucker: James Harden Can Play Defense 'When He Wants To'
Harden is giving up the fourth fewest points per post-up possession among eligible players.

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Chris Paul Set To Make Return On Sunday
The Rockets went 12-5 without Paul in the lineup.

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James Harden Sets Casino Record With Over/Under Of 42.5 Points Versus Raptors
Harden is also the favorite to win MVP at -500.

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Chris Paul Upgraded To Questionable For Friday Game
The Rockets have gone 11-5 without Paul in the lineup.