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Rockets Receive Interest In P.J. Tucker From Nets, Bucks, Heat, Nuggets, Lakers

Mar 4, 2021 11:04 AM

The Houston Rockets have received trade interest from a number of contending teams on P.J. Tucker.

Tucker is on an expiring contract.

The Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers all have interest in Tucker.

The timing of a deal is likely dependent on Houston's asking price as they seek a young player in exchange for Tucker.

Tucker can defend multiple positions and is a respectable three-point shooter.

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Tags: P.J. Tucker, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets To Retire James Harden's No. 13 Jersey

Mar 4, 2021 8:29 AM

The Houston Rockets will retire the No. 13 jersey of James Harden.

“James Harden will always be a Rocket,” Tilman Fertitta said via text message Tuesday. “Of course, we will retire his jersey. He made my first three years of owning this franchise unforgettable. The success he brought this franchise over eight years and the memories he created for our fan base/community (are) truly remarkable.”

Harden won an MVP with the Rockets and also led the team to two appearances in the Western Conference Finals.

The Rockets have retired the uniform numbers of Calvin Murphy (23), Moses Malone (24), Hakeem Olajuwon (34), Rudy Tomjanovich (45), Clyde Drexler (22) and Yao Ming (11), along with the initials of longtime assistant coach and executive Carroll Dawson.

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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Rockets Believe Daryl Morey's Exit Was 'Preemptive Decision' Ahead Of James Harden Wanting Out

Mar 3, 2021 8:20 AM

There is a contingent of people within the Houston Rockets organization who "firmly believe [Daryl] Morey made a preemptive decision, departing in large part because he anticipated [James] Harden would want out," several sources tell Tim MacMahon of ESPN. 

Morey had expressed concern in Orlando about Houston's lack of picks to upgrade the roster as making it difficult to "keep James happy."

Morey stepped down as general manager of the Rockets in October and Harden's trade request materialized in November. Morey quickly was hired to run the Philadelphia 76ers.

While the 76ers and Rockets discussed a Harden trade, Houston eventually dealt him to the Brooklyn Nets. 

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Victor Oladipo Turns Down Two-Year, $45.2 Million Extension From Rockets

Feb 28, 2021 7:31 PM

Victor Oladipo turned down a two-year, $45.2 million contract extension from the Houston Rockets, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The amount was the most that the Rockets could currently offer Oladipo. The 28-year-old is currently in the final year of his four-year deal.

Oladipo is reportedly looking for a long-term deal, which the Rockets cannot offer until this offseason.

The Heat and the Knicks are among teams who have shown an interest in Oladipo in the past. 

Wojnarowski adds that the Rockets have yet to engage in trade talks involving Oladipo. 

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Tags: Victor Oladipo, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

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Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder Considered NBA's Only True Sellers Entering Deadline Period

Feb 25, 2021 10:21 PM

With the NBA expanding its playoff format and a crowd of teams right around .500, there are only a limited number of teams that will look to sell pieces ahead of the trade deadline. 

"They're selling," said Tim MacMahon regarding the Houston Rockets. "They're definitely selling."

"The only teams that are truly selling are Houston, Cleveland and Oklahoma City," interjected Tim MacMahon. "Everybody else is ether not going either way, like probably a team like Detroit, or trying to make the playoffs."

The Cavaliers are aggressively shopping Andre Drummond, while the Rockets could make Victor Oladipo available. The Thunder, meanwhile, have traded away a number of their veterans over the past few months as they begin a full rebuild.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Unlikely To Pursue DeMarcus Cousins, Identify Hassan Whiteside As Target

Feb 24, 2021 9:07 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are not expected to sign DeMarcus Cousins if he clears waivers after his release by the Houston Rockets.

Cousins signed with the Lakers before the 19-20 season but never appeared in a game with the team after tearing his ACL in the offseaon.

The Lakers, however, have identified Hassan Whiteside as a possible target.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Hassan Whiteside, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Hope To Turn Kevin Porter Jr. Into Point Guard

Feb 23, 2021 7:04 PM

The Houston Rockets plan on converting Kevin Porter Jr. into a point guard.

The Rockets are having Porter work on his development with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the G League bubble.

Porter is averaging 23.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game on 44.1 percent shooting from the field while shooting 29.1 percent from 3 and 76.2 percent from the free throw line.

Porter's game has been compared to James Harden and the Rockets hope he can follow a similar career arc in more of a point guard role.

The Rockets also hope John Lucas can make a difference as a mentor for Porter.

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Tags: Kevin Porter, Jr., Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Rockets Release DeMarcus Cousins

Feb 23, 2021 8:58 AM

The Houston Rockets have released DeMarcus Cousins.

The Rockets guaranteed Cousins' $2.3 million salary for the season last week.

Cousins will find another team to sign with when he clears waivers.

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James Harden, Damian Lillard Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Feb 22, 2021 5:26 PM

James Harden and Damian Lillard have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 9.

Harden averaged 31.8 points, 10.8 assists and 9.0 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets went 4-0.

Lillard averaged 36.3 points, 12.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers went 2-1.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Award

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Bucks Remain Interested In Trading For P.J. Tucker

Feb 22, 2021 8:23 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks remain interested in trading for P.J. Tucker of the Houston Rockets, sources tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

Milwaukee's interest in Tucker dates back to at least November.

The Bucks are incredibly limited in what they can trade in terms of future draft picks, which complicates any potential for a trade.

Donte DiVincenzo is widely considered Milwaukee's most valuable tradable asset. 

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Tags: P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets, DeMarcus Cousins To Part Ways In 'Coming Days'

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Rockets Sign Justin Patton To Two-Way Contract

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Rockets Guarantee DeMarcus Cousins' Contract For Remainder Of Season

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NBA Postpones Friday's Game Between Rockets-Mavericks Due To Texas Weather Emergency

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James Harden Doesn't Like How Exit From Rockets Played Out

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Ray Spalding Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Rockets

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Knicks Believed To Still Have Interest In Victor Oladipo

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Christian Wood Is Week To Week With Sprained Right Ankle

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Christian Wood Could Be Sidelined For 'Extended Period' Following Right Ankle Injury

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Rockets Receiving Trade Interest On P.J. Tucker, Danuel House

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DeMarcus Cousins Following 28-Point, 17-Rebound Game: 'Proof That The Work Is Working'

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John Wall Probable Versus Mavs, Victor Oladipo Out Due To Injury Management

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Rockets Plan To Have John Lucas Work With Kevin Porter Jr.

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Rockets Acquire Kevin Porter Jr. From Cavaliers

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Rockets Asked 76ers For Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey, Three First Round Picks

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76ers 'Ultimate Purpose' In James Harden Trade Talks Was To 'Provide Rockets Leverage'

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Rafael Stone: Assets From James Harden Trade Give Rockets 'Flexibility'

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James Harden: I Wasn't Trying To Be Disrespectful To Rockets

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Timberwolves Expected To Re-Engage P.J. Tucker Trade Talks

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RealGM Radio: Seerat Sohi On The Harden Trade And More

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