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It's time for the Houston Rockets to start thinking about Dwight Howard's free agency

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has a player option that he will opt out of next summer, making him an unrestricted free agent for the second time in four seasons. This isn't talked about as often as it should. Howard is still the best center in the NBA, and even at 30 years old, will still command a ton of attention and money on the open market next July. As Sports on Earth...
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Are the Houston Rockets a legitimate contender?

The Houston Rockets finished last season with the second-best record in the loaded Western Conference. They made it all the way to the conference finals with a banged up roster then essentially swapped Josh Smith for Ty Lawson this summer. But are they legitimate championship contenders? Here's CBS Sports with a closer look at the other teams Houston will compete against next season...
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The Houston Rockets are interested in Carlos Boozer

The Houston Rockets have had a typically busy summer, but they may not be finished filling out their roster. One spot that could use a bit more depth is power forward, where the team may still look to replace Josh Smith despite Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas already being on board. Is Carlos Boozer the answer?Boozer is an atrocious defender but can still stretch defenses...
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James Harden ‘Most Valuable Beard’ Illustration

Artist Kurei Poe aka Adopecreation from Hamilton, New Zealand captures the intensity of Players MVP and Houston Rockets superstar James Harden in this unique piece. The post James Harden ‘Most Valuable Beard’ Illustration appeared first on Hooped Up.
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How has Daryl Morey evolved since taking over as Houston's GM?

Daryl Morey is one of the league's savviest general managers, and the Houston Rockets are extremely glad to have him. In four years, he took a team with zero superstars and no high draft picks from the middle of the pack to the top, trading for James Harden and signing Dwight Howard. It was the work of a genius. Courtesy of FanSided's House of Houston blog, here's one writer's...
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Can Rockets contend in more competitive Western Conference?

The Rockets inarguably improved their roster this summer, adding Ty Lawson and Marcus Thornton and drafting two players who can potentially crack the rotation. All their youngsters should be even better, too. Donatas Motiejunas, Clint Capela and Terrence Jones still have plenty of room to grow. But is this enough to compete in a Western Conference that should be even tougher than...
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Houston's summer league star will play in China next season

Alan Williams, who played for the Houston Rockets at Las Vegas Summer League, either couldn't find a satisfactory roster spot in the NBA or didn't want one. The 22-year-old from UC Santa Barbara certainly played well enough to impress scouts, and will spend next season overseas. Williams averaged 20.5 points and a summer-league-leading 11.8 rebounds per game. He also shot 50 percent...
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Rockets officially sign Marcus Thornton

Lost in all the hype surrounding the Ty Lawson trade and key decisions to re-sign Corey Brewer, Patrick Beverley and K.J. McDaniels is Houston's one-year, veteran's minimum deal with Marcus Thornton.This is the exact type of veteran the Rockets needed last year. Someone who can come off the bench and score without James Harden holding their hand. Here's more on Thornton's official...
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Clippers' Smith says it will be 'harder' on his family making $1.5M

Josh Smith took a substantial paycut to join the Los Angeles Clippers. And that fact did not escape the former All-Star forward. "At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family," Smith said at the team's introductory news conference for its free-agent signings. "So it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I'm going to push through it, you know." Smith signed for...
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Watch This Dude Impersonate James Harden

Don’t waste you time trying to find a better impersonation of Houston Rockets superstar and Players MVP James Harden on the planet. Brandon Armstrong aka @BdotAdot5 has you covered with this gem right here. The post Watch This Dude Impersonate James Harden appeared first on Hooped Up.
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Time to grade Houston's intriguing summer

Despite numerous injuries up and down their roster last year, the Houston Rockets were only a handful of games away from winning the NBA championship. How did they reload this summer? Well, aside from the monstrous acquisition of Ty Lawson, for the most part they decided to roll the same gang back next season and hope better chemistry and luck will push them towards a Finals berth...
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Report: Houston places team option on K.J. McDaniels' contract

The Houston Rockets signed K.J. McDaniels to a three-year, $10 million contract that both sides should be very happy with last week. And a recent report on the contract's details gives even more reason for the Rockets to love the move.As outlined on Pro Basketball Talk by Dan Feldman, Houston gets more flexibility by adding a team option on the back end:"The big advantage is the...
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Hilarious Viral Video parodies James Harden

A hilarious parody of Houston Rockets player James Harden, viewed 1.5 million times of Facebook, takes aim at his signature step-back-and-shoot style as well as his controversial cooking dance. In the viral vide,o comedian BdotAdot5 takes Harden’s step back strategy to new levels, moving several steps way back from his opponent before launching the ball. In another shot, he even...
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Pablo Prigioni Agrees To Deal With Clippers

Free agent Pablo Prigioni has reached agreement on a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, a league source told RealGM. After the Houston Rockets sent Prigioni to the Denver Nuggets in the Ty Lawson trade, the 38-year-old veteran point guard cleared waivers on Wednesday. Prigioni then committed to a deal with the Clippers. Prigioni has established himself as a reliable lead guard...
Via RealGM
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nuggets could smell alcohol on Ty Lawson at practice

Ty Lawson was traded by the Denver Nuggets to the Houston Rockets last week, and now the stories about the severity of his alcohol issues are coming to light. Lawson was popped for a DUI last week, making it two DUI arrests for him this year alone. He entered a 30-day rehab program that will...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden Named MVP at NBA Players Awards

Congrats to @JHarden13 who was voted MVP by his peers at the #PlayersAwardsBET! pic.twitter.com/Ps2WGTrxHz — Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) July 22, 2015 The first annual Players Choice Awards kicked off last night, and Houston Rockets swingman James Harden was voted by his peers as the 2014-15 Most Valuable Player. “I want to thank God, thank my mom, my family and friends...
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Houston Rockets: KJ McDaniels Contract Grade

  (Feb. 5, 2015 – Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America) By Christopher Kline: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… The Houston Rockets continued to put the final touches on their rotation by re-signing rookie standout KJ McDaniels to a three-year, $10 million contract. McDaniels was a frontrunner for rookie of the year during the first half of the season with his stint in...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets re-sign McDaniels to multiyear deal

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have re-signed restricted free agent K.J. McDaniels to a multiyear deal. McDaniels came to Houston in February in a trade with Philadelphia. He appeared in 62 games as a rookie last season for the 76ers and Rockets. He averaged 7.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 blocks. The 6-foot-6 forward was the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 draft....
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rockets close to signing Chuck Hayes

Chuck Hayes spent six seasons with the Houston Rockets, and it was there he made his name as an undersized center who physically held his own and provided stabilizing influence in the locker room. Houston wasn't a title contender when Hayes played there and he isn't an above-average player today. But the team is reportedly looking to bring him back for some veteran leadership in...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Rockets close to signing Chuck Hayes

The Rockets are reportedly very close to a deal signing Chuck Hayes back to their roster, according to this report. Hayes, who last played professionally with the Toronto Raptors, had previously played for the Rockets and averaged 4.4 points per game, and 5.6 rebounds per game.  The Rockets have a young front court, and are […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets GM will go 'Temecula' on Harden-as-MVP dissenters

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry dominated the NBA MVP voting back in May, and deservedly so. He received 100 first place votes, which was 75 more than second-place finisher James Harden. Not surprisingly, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey believes the runner-up got the shaft. And anyone who doesn’t agree can feel free to...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What Can Ty Lawson Bring To The Houston Rockets?

Let's get one thing straight before we dive into what this trade means for the Houston Rockets: the idea of what Ty Lawson could bring to Houston is of course fascinating to think about, but first, we need to take a step back.This is a troubled young man, in a serious situation. DUI's are no joke - too many people are killed every year, and the fact that he's in rehab is a testament...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ty Lawson Agrees To Make Contract Non-Guaranteed For 16-17

Ty Lawson has agreed to make the final season of his contract with non-guaranteed as part of the Houston Rockets' trade for him. The agreement gives the Rockets flexibility to keep Lawson for the 16-17 season at his current salary. With Lawson in rehab for alcohol abuse, the non-guaranteed season gives the Rockets peace of mind should another issue arise.
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets Agree To Sign Marcus Thornton To One-Year Deal

The Houston Rockets have agreed to sign Marcus Thornton to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum. “The Rockets were the right choice because of their style of play – up tempo,” Thornton said. “That’s when I’m at my best. And they are a playoff team that is always competing for a title year in and year out and that’s what I want to do. Win on the biggest stage....
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ty Lawson’s agent doesn’t know much about his client

  After being traded to the Houston Rockets last night, Ty Lawson’s agent Happy Walters spoke to Fox 26 news in Houston about his clients future. “He’s excited,” Walters said. “I spoke to him once about it. He’s close with James (Harden), tight with Corey (Brewer), knows Trevor (Ariza) and Dwight (Howard) and is real excited. “It’s an opportunity for him. He’s...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss
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