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Rockets Have Kentavious Caldwell-Pope At Top Of Wish List

Dec 18, 2018 9:15 PM

The Houston Rockets have identified Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as their top target on the trade market.

Caldwell-Pope has been shopped by the Los Angeles Lakers this season. Caldwell-Pope has veto rights but it is believed he would approve a trade to the Rockets.

The Rockets have also had interest in J.R. Smith, but he's further down on their wish list.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Chris Paul: James Harden Is 'Best Offensive Player I've Ever Seen'

Dec 18, 2018 2:38 AM

After James Harden's 47-point performance in the Houston Rockets 102-97 win over the Utah Jazz, Chris Paul said that James Harden was the best offensive player he's "ever seen".

Paul added "I mean, seriously. He can drive. He can shoot. He’s got ball-handling. It’s going to be a tough night for whoever it is. I don’t care what you’re doing".

Harden has averaged 38.6 points, 7.6 assists, and 6.6 rebounds in his last five games.

Harden said he knows the reason for his scoring tear, but added that he "can’t tell you, though.”

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

Rockets Waive Zhou Qi

Dec 17, 2018 6:30 PM

The Houston Rockets have waived forward/center Zhou Qi.

Zhou Qi (7-1, 210) was the 43rd overall pick by Houston in the 2016 NBA Draft. He joined the Rockets in 2017-18 and had a career-high 4 blocks in the season finale at Sacramento. Zhou Qi spent the majority of the past two seasons playing for the Rockets single-affiliation G League partner Rio Grande Valley with career averages of 11.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks while shooting 51.3% from the floor.

In 2016-17, Zhou Qi led the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association to their first ever championship and was named Defensive Player of the Year.  Zhou Qi is also a member of the Chinese Senior National Team and competed in the 2016 Olympics.

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Tags: Zhou Qi, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Thaddeus Young, James Harden Named NBA Players Of The Week

Dec 17, 2018 3:39 PM

Thaddeus Young and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Young averaged 18.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game as the Pacers went 4-0.

Harden averaged 37.0 points, 8.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game as the Rockets went 3-0.

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Tags: Thaddeus Young, James Harden, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Award

Rockets Emerge With Interest In Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Dec 12, 2018 2:34 PM

The Houston Rockets have emerged as a suitor for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in multi-team trade scenarios.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been pursuing Trevor Ariza to improve on the wing.

Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $12 million deal to re-sign with the Lakers.

Houston could use Brandon Knight and his $14.6 million for this season and $15.6 million in 19-20 in a trade.

No deal is imminent at this time.

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Tags: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets, Pelicans Interested In Trading For J.R. Smith

Dec 8, 2018 4:03 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have received interest from the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans in J.R. Smith.

Both teams need depth on the wing.

With Smith's salary for 19-20 guaranteed for only $3.9 million next season, it has some level of value as a trade chip.

Smith last played on Nov. 14th.

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Tags: J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers Not Interested In Carmelo Anthony

Dec 7, 2018 12:20 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have no interest in acquiring Carmelo Anthony at this time.

Anthony's future remains in limbo as he is on the roster of the Houston Rockets but won't play for them again.

Anthony's camp reached out to the Lakers previously. LeBron James hasn't spoken to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka about acquiring Anthony.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Sign Danuel House To Two-Way Deal

Dec 6, 2018 5:52 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to sign Danuel House to a two-way contract.

The Rockets recently waived House to create a roster spot for Gary Clark.

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

Rockets Sign Gary Clark To Three-Year Deal

Dec 6, 2018 5:51 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a three-year deal with Gary Clark.

Clark was previously on a two-way contract.

Clark emerged this season as a key rotation player for the Rockets.

The Rockets recently waived Danuel Houston to create a roster spot for Clark, and will now sign him to a two-way deal.

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Tags: Gary Clark, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Waive Danuel House

Dec 4, 2018 8:58 PM

The Houston Rockets have waived Danuel House. 

House played 12 minutes in a loss at the Wolves on Monday.

House averaged 8.4 points per game on 39.4 percent shooting in his five games with the Rockets.

The Rockets are likely making the move to create a roster spot.

“I like Danuel a lot,” Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s very athletic. He’s a bigger three (or) four that we can use. He runs the floor, not afraid of the moment. He belongs in the NBA.”


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Carmelo Anthony's NBA Career May Be Over
Anthony left the Houston Rockets after 13 games earlier this season.

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Mike D'Antoni Cites Lack Of Depth As Problem For Rockets
Mike D'Antoni acknowledged the front office is trying to address their depth issues.

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Rockets To Sign Danuel House From G League
Danuel House has traveled to join the Rockets in Washington.

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Brandon Kight Could Return In December
The Rockets have remained cautious with Brandon Knight.

Alykhan Bijani/The Athletic

Rockets Part Ways With Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony was signed by the Rockets to the veteran's minimum this offseason.

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Chris Paul: We Didn't Win, We Can't Have A Hangover
Some around the Rockets have suggested the team is suffering from a sort of hangover.

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Blazers, Pelicans, Lakers, Heat, 76ers Could Have Interest In Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is expected to leave the Rockets.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer (via Silver Screen & Roll)

Rockets Pursued Frank Vogel For Assistant Coach Job
Frank Vogel was a target before Jeff Bzdelik was convinced to return.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Carmelo Anthony's Camp Evaluating Possible Landing Spots
Carmelo Anthony will remain away from the Rockets for the third straight game on Tuesday.

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Rockets Expected To Waive Carmelo Anthony
Players and coaches of the Rockets believe Carmelo Anthony has already played his final game for the team.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony, Rockets Discussing Role With Team
Carmelo Anthony and the Rockets are discussing how he might be able to remain with the team for the remainder of the season.

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Houston Source: Carmelo Anthony's OKC Season Was Humbling Experience
Carmelo Anthony publicly dismissed the notion of coming off the bench when he joined the Thunder, but was at least accepting of it with the Rockets.

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Jeff Bzdelik To Rejoin Rockets After Thanksgiving
Jeff Bzdelik left the team before the start of the season but has resolved family issues involved with the move.


Carmelo Anthony: Perception Of Knicks Scared Some People Away
Carmelo Anthony played under four different team presidents/general managers during his tenure.

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Rockets Decline 19-20 Option On Marquese Chriss
Marquese Chriss was acquired by the Rockets in a trade with the Suns.

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Tom Thibodeau Believed To Not Be Ready To Trade Jimmy Butler
The Rockets, Heat and 76ers have interest in Jimmy Butler.

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James Harden Out At Least Two Games With Hamstring Strain
James Harden did not practice Thursday and underwent an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.

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Rockets Offer Four First Round Picks To Wolves For Jimmy Butler
The Rockets would have a strong desire to re-sign Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

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Rajon Rondo Denies Spitting, Calls Chris Paul's 'Good Guy' Image Into Question
Rajon Rondo called Chris Paul "a horrible teammate."


Brandon Ingram Receives Four-Game Suspension, Rajon Rondo Gets 3 While Chris Paul Gets 2
Saturday's altercation began with Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul.

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