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Chris Paul Nearing Return From Knee Injury

Nov 14, 2017 11:37 AM

Chris Paul is nearing his return from a bruised left knee he initially suffered on Oct. 11th and aggravated in their season opener. 

Paul ramped up his workouts on Sunday and could return on Thursday against the Phoenix Suns.

"We don’t want to push it,” Mike D’Antoni said. “If not Thursday, then we’ll see about Saturday (in Memphis). He worked out hard (Sunday.) We’ll see how he feels Tuesday and Wednesday. That (having Paul play on Thursday) is what we’re shooting for.”

The Rockets have the best record in the Western Conference at 11-3 despite missing Paul since the opener.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

Rockets Expect Clint Capela To Become One Of NBA's Best Centers

Nov 9, 2017 4:02 PM

The Houston Rockets will need Clint Capela to take yet another step in his development if they are to fully challenge the Golden State Warriors.

With a veteran roster, Capela is one of the Rockets' only players that still has room to grow. Capela currently ranks fifth in the NBA in PER.

"The only way [to overcome the Warriors] is to develop near-elite two-way players," Daryl Morey said. "I think Clint has that potential. He's on the way. He took a big step forward last year. It's a lot to put on one guy, but we need one more step, at least."

"To me, it's just a matter of time," Mike D'Antoni said. "I'll be very surprised if he doesn't become, if not the best center in the league, one of the best. I'll be shocked."

Caepla will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

"We'll have him here as long as he'll have us," Morey said. "He couldn't price himself out."

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

Austin Rivers: Dynamic Between Blake Griffin, Chris Paul Was Weird

Nov 7, 2017 4:03 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers never advanced out of the second round during the tenure of Chris Paul, and there were often concerns of whether their Big 3 brought out the best in each other.

When Paul left the Clippers, he talked about issues with the culture.

“The dynamic with Blake and Chris was weird," said Austin Rivers. "I don’t know why. It was just strange. No one knew who the leader was, and if you had something to say, it would turn into an argument. I think people were sometimes scared to say something to Blake, because you didn’t know how he’d react. [Now] he’s a whole different person, more approachable, and I think it’s because we’ve embraced him. We know who our leader is. We’re all-in with Blake Griffin.”

Paul left the Clippers in the offseason to sign with the Houston Rockets.

“We were front-runners,” Griffin said. “When things were going great, the ball was hopping around. But when we felt resistance in games, we splintered. I just want to make sure, even when we have down moments, we don’t splinter.” 

Three years ago, Griffin asked Tim Duncan for advice on dealing with Paul.

“He said, ‘The leader isn’t the guy yelling the loudest or talking the most,’” Griffin recounts. “It’s the guy everybody looks at in the end and knows, ‘I’m following him.’” 

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Tags: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

Kristaps Porzingis, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

Nov 6, 2017 3:10 PM

Kristaps Porzingis and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Porzingis averaged 33.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.

Harden averaged 36.3 points and 10 assists per game for the week.

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James Harden Scores Career-High 56 Points

Nov 6, 2017 8:48 AM

James Harden scored a career high 56 points going 19-for-25 from the floor in the Houston Rockets' 137-110 win over the Utah Jazz.

Harden became the first player since Michael Jordan to score that many points on 25 or fewer shots.

"I was just shooting it, I don't know," Harden said. "I don't really pay too much attention to it. I just try to take good shots and, like I said, pretty much make the right decision. Obviously, I'm going to make mistakes, but as long as I have that mindset, I'll be good.

"I've just got to be aggressive. Be aggressive, good things happen, not just for myself but for my team. I was still able to dish off a couple of assists and get guys involved still. I've just got to have that mindset every single game."

Harden has now scored 50 or more points six times in his career.

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA

Clippers, Rockets Discussed DeAndre Jordan For Clint Capela At Trade Deadline

Oct 30, 2017 9:15 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers held semiserious trade talks at last year's deadline with the Houston Rockets on a DeAndre Jordan deal.

The trade would have sent Jordan to the Rockets for Clint Capela, picks and players.

Jordan will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the current season. Capela will be a restricted free agent in 2018.

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Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Clint Capela, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Waive Isaiah Canaan

Oct 29, 2017 9:36 AM

The Houston Rockets released Isaiah Canaan just four days after signing him to a non-guaranteed contract.

Trevor Ariza was expected to be out three to four weeks, but he only missed four days, which led to the Rockets' unexpected reversal from Canaan.

"We're disappointed because I know Isaiah was really excited about getting back with the Rockets," Canaan's agent Mark Bartelstein said. "When they got the perimeter play of Trevor back, Daryl (Morey) the Rockets general manager called and said 'I don't think there's enough minutes for us to just justify using up our cap flexibility.'

"While we're disappointed, we understand it. If there's not an opportunity for Isaiah to play, they're so tight up against it, it, put them in a tough situation. They want to stay in close contact where if something were to happen with the roster and they have a need, I know he's the first guy they'll look at."

The Rockets are keeping their 15th roster spot open.

"It's pretty simple," Daryl Morey said. "Isaiah did nothing wrong, but we're obviously focused on the big picture. We're having to think down the road. We need to preserve all our flexibility. Unless someone is currently, actively on the floor or in the plan for it, hard to keep him on the roster."

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Isaiah Canaan, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Pelicans Sign Josh Smith With Injury Exception

Oct 28, 2017 7:29 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed forward Josh Smith after receiving an injury hardship exemption by the NBA.  

Smith, 6-9, 225, most recently played for Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, appearing in 26 games in China, Smith averaged 18.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 blocks.

A 12-year NBA veteran, Smith has appeared in 891 career regular season games (772 starts) with Atlanta, Detroit, Houston and the Los Angeles Clippers, holding career averages of 14.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 blocks in 32.5 minutes per game. Additionally, Smith has appeared in 73 career postseason games (60 starts), averaging 14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks in 31.6 minutes.

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Rockets Sign Isaiah Canaan To One-Year Non-Guaranteed Deal

Oct 24, 2017 1:45 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with Isaiah Canaan.

Canaan was waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder before the start of the season.

Canaan was drafted by the Rockets in 2013 and was eventually traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Oct 23, 2017 3:09 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 1.

Antetokounmpo averaged 38.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game with a True Shooting Percentage of .709.

Harden averaged 27.7 points, 9.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.

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Briante Weber Signs Two-Way Deal With Rockets
Briante Weber's deal includes a team option for the 2018-19 season.

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Chris Paul Had Issues With Culture Of Clippers
Chris Paul talked about the end of his tenure with the Clippers in a series with ESPN.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Chris Paul Could Miss One Month With Knee Injury
Chris Paul will miss his second straight game.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Chris Paul Sits Out Final Minutes With Knee Soreness
Chris Paul was rooting on his teammates and waving a towel in celebration during the final minutes of the game.

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Tilman Fertitta: You Shouldn't Pay Luxury Tax Unless Team Reaches Finals
The Rockets figure to get more expensive next season if they re-sign Chris Paul at 35 percent of the cap and James Harden already on the supermax.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Mike D'Antoni Had No Reservations About Coaching Carmelo Anthony Again
Mike D'Antoni and Carmelo Anthony had a tumultuous working relationship when they were with the Knicks.

Ian Begley/ESPN

James Harden: Kevin McHale Is A Clown
James Harden responded to criticism he received from Kevin McHale that he's "not a leader."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

NBA Approves $2.2 Billion Sale Of Rockets To Tilman J. Fertitta
Tilman J. Fertitta paid a record price for the Rockets of $2.2 billion.

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Chris Paul Has No Concerns About Sharing Ball With James Harden
Chris Paul was ready for a change from the Clippers, choosing to orchestrate an opt-in and trade deal to the Rockets.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Agent: Carmelo Anthony Believed Rockets' Trade Was Nearly Done In Early July
The Knicks nearly traded Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets, but they ultimately decided to not take on the contract of Ryan Anderson.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

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Dwyane Wade Agrees Upon Buyout With Bulls
Dwyane Wade gave up $8 million of his $23.8 million salary to leave the Bulls.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Carmelo Anthony Expands Trade List To Include Cavaliers, Thunder
Throughout the summer, Carmelo Anthony was zeroed in exclusively on the Rockets.

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Rockets Hire Sachin Gupta As Special Advisor
Sachin Gupta spent six seasons with the Rockets before joining Sam Hinkie with the 76ers.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Carmelo Anthony Expected To Remain With Knicks At Start Of Camp
Both the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony remain committed to finding a scenario where he ends up on another team.

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Rockets To Sign Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson has played briefly in the NBA with the Grizzlies, 76ers, Jazz and Bucks.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Andre Iguodala Nearly Left Warriors For Rockets
Andre Iguodala intended his final meeting with the Warriors as a chance to say goodbye.

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RealGM Radio: Southwest Division With Jonathan Tjarks, Rob Mahoney
Host Danny Leroux, Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer and Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated go in-depth on the NBA’s Southwest Division.

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Chris Paul Told Celtics, Warriors He Wouldn't Re-Sign During 2011 Trade Talks
The Celtics attempted to acquire Chris Paul by trading Rajon Rondo to the Pelicans.

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Jabari Parker Was Briefly Discussed In Knicks-Rockets Trade Talks
The Bucks emerged as a potential third team in discussions centered on a trade of Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks to the Rockets.

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