12:18 AM EDT, Wed July 17, 2019
18 hours ago
Rockets still interested in Andre Iguodala, but hesitant to pay high price

Rockets still interested in Andre Iguodala, but hesitant to pay high price

The Rockets want Iggy, but they don’t want to pay the high cost needed to acquire him from Memphis. It’s been a busy offseason for the Houston Rockets. First, they decided to bring back several of their primary bench players from last season in Austin Rivers, Danuel House Jr., and Gerald Green. Next, they swung a blockbuster deal for former MVP Russell Westbrook, sending out Chris Paul and multiple first-round picks in the process. Now, they’re said to be “strongly pursuing” veteran swingman Andre Iguodala, who was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this offseason....
19 hours ago
Tilman Fertitta fined 25k for commenting on Russell Westbrook deal

Tilman Fertitta fined 25k for commenting on Russell Westbrook deal

Houston’s owner is 25k lighter today. Houston Rockets owner Tillman Fertitta was fined $25,000 by the NBA for commenting on the Russell Westbrook deal before it was officially finalized, according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon. Fertitta made the comments to Fox 26 in Houston, saying: “We’re excited to have Russell Westbrook. I would watch him play for Oklahoma City, and he’s so athletic. At the same time, this franchise just had the two years with the most wins it’s ever had in consecutive years, and we wouldn’t have accomplished that without Chris Paul. Chris Paul is unbelievable,...
Jul 14, 2019
Anthony Bennett could surprise for the Rockets

Anthony Bennett could surprise for the Rockets

After years of bouncing around from the NBA to the G-League, Anthony Bennett is now a member of the Houston Rockets. Will he reshape his career as an NBA bust?  Anthony Bennett is back in the NBA........well, kind of. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the former No. 1 overall pick has agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Houston Rockets. In the agreement, Bennett will have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot with an invitation to the Rockets training camp. With a career average of 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds, it is easy to understand why so many fans were confused...
Jul 13, 2019
Chris Paul’s future after Rockets is murky

Chris Paul’s future after Rockets is murky

After he was shipped to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook, the future for Chris Paul now seems more uncertain than ever. Where does the future Hall of Famer end up? Thursday night, the Houston Rockets pulled off a blockbuster deal that has the potential to go down as the most significant trade in franchise history. They acquired nine-time All-Star and 2017 MVP winner Russell Westbrook in exchange for multiple first-round picks that will go through the summer of 2026. In addition to trading away a big chunk of their future, the Rockets also included Chris Paul in...
Jul 12, 2019
Rockets ink former #1 pick Anthony Bennett to non-guaranteed deal

Rockets ink former #1 pick Anthony Bennett to non-guaranteed deal

Another seismic roster move. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Rockets have agreed to a deal with the 2013 top pick Anthony Bennett. Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett has agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2019 Bennett’s deal is non-guaranteed, which probably indicates that Bennett is not a dire part of the team’s long-term plans this season. However, they get a high-upside player to round out the end of their squad for training camp. Bennett has been...
Jul 12, 2019
Rockets to sign Tyson Chandler to a one-year deal

Rockets to sign Tyson Chandler to a one-year deal

The Houston Rockets added some depth to their roster by signing Tyson Chandler to a one-year deal. Not as big as the trade that brought them, Russell Westbrook, the Houston Rockets made another offseason splash Friday afternoon. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Rockets acquired free-agent center Tyson Chandler on a one-year deal. With the move, the Rockets are hoping that Chandler would add some much-needed depth to their lineup, but most noticeably at the center position. After Nene declined his player option to test free agency, the Rockets were in need of a backup center...
Jul 12, 2019
Rockets test limits of fandom with Westbrook move

Rockets test limits of fandom with Westbrook move

It’s an emotional time, but we’ll always be Rockets fans. I’ve been a Houston Rockets fan since 1986. There have only been three times where I’ve questioned my loyalty to the team. The first happened in 1992, when team management alienated Hakeem Olajuwon by accusing him of faking injury. As a non-Houston native, I was drawn to the team by The Dream’s star power rather than specific loyalty to a city, so when Olajuwon subsequently requested a trade and the team seemed ready to oblige, I was prepared to follow Hakeem to his new squad. Thankfully for me (and Rockets fans...
Jul 12, 2019
Russell Westbrook Rockets Trade Late Night Therapy Session

Russell Westbrook Rockets Trade Late Night Therapy Session

It’s all going to be ok. Or is it? It is! Or is it? It is, I think. Maybe. You asked for action? You got action! You asked for big time moves? None bigger! You asked for Russell Westbrook? No. Actually, no. Wait. I didn’t demand action, or moves, or most particularly, Russell Westbrook. And yet, here he is. Russell Westbrook. Houston Rocket. That is very strange indeed. Anyone who hangs around TDS knows I’m not Westbrook’s biggest fan. Nor am I his biggest detractor around here. I’ve mostly described him as “Point Guard Dwight Howard”, in that I thought a decline in...
Jul 11, 2019
Harden My Take Episode 26: Russell Westbrook Is Houston-Bound

Harden My Take Episode 26: Russell Westbrook Is Houston-Bound

EMERGENCY POD! Host: Jeremy Brener, Max Croes Jeremy Brener and Max Croes discuss their live reactions to the breaking news of the Russell Westbrook-Chris Paul swap that brings the former MVP to reunite with James Harden. Harden My Take is on iTunes: Click Here to Download. Click here for the direct RSS feed. Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Send all feedback, comments, and questions to jeremybrenerchs@gmail.com. Please leave any request to add the RSS feed to any other podcast another site here as well. Huge thanks to @kblampson for name suggestion and Alec Greenberg...
Jul 11, 2019
Rockets acquire Russell Westbrook; Trade Chris Paul and draft picks

Rockets acquire Russell Westbrook; Trade Chris Paul and draft picks

The Rockets pull of one of the biggest moves of the offseason. In an a wild turn of events, the Houston Rockets traded for guard Russell Westbrook on Thursday night. The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019 Houston sent off Chris Paul, two first-round draft picks, and two pick swaps to the Oklahoma City Thunder in return for the 2017 MVP. Paul, in his second year with the Rockets, first...
Jul 11, 2019
Rockets vs. Jazz Summer League game thread

Rockets vs. Jazz Summer League game thread

The Rockets finish up Summer League play tonight against the Jazz. Houston Rockets (1-2) vs. Utah Jazz (2-1), Jul. 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m. CDT Location: Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV TV: ESPNU SBNation Blog: SLC Dunk The Rockets wrap up Summer League play tonight by taking on the Utah Jazz. Houston is coming off of their first win of the summer tourney, while the Jazz are coming off of a win against the Portland Trail Blazers. Isaiah Hartenstein is out for the Rockets with an ankle sprain, so all eyes will be on Chris Clemons to carry the squad. Clemons is fifth in Summer League scoring,...
Jul 11, 2019
Isaiah Hartenstein has a strong case as Rockets’ primary backup

Isaiah Hartenstein has a strong case as Rockets’ primary backup

Despite an injury causing him to miss the final few games of the NBA Summer League, Isaiah Hartenstein made a strong case to become the primary backup center for the Rockets next season.  During the Houston Rockets’ 94-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings, Isaiah Hartenstein injured his right ankle on a three-point field goal attempt and left the game in a wheelchair late in the third quarter. After the game, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reported that Hartenstein sustained a sprained ankle and will miss the remainder of the NBA Summer League. As the Rockets most efficient...
Jul 11, 2019
Rockets not attending Stoudemire-Ellis workout is growth

Rockets not attending Stoudemire-Ellis workout is growth

The Houston Rockets didn’t attend Amar’e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis’ comeback workout, and that’s a good thing. Monday, former NBA players Amar’e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis, along with others, held a private workout in Las Vegas in hopes of possibly making a league comeback. 14 teams, nearly half the league, were in attendance to see what the two had to offer. LA Lakers, Golden State, NY Knicks, OKC, Milwaukee, Detroit, Washington, Sacramento, Denver, Portland, Orlando, Atlanta, Minnesota, LA Clippers were all in attendance with over 15 European and Asian clubs....
Jul 10, 2019
New Faces From Old Places: Chris Clemons

New Faces From Old Places: Chris Clemons

We talk about Rockets undrafted free agent Chris Clemons with Mitchell Northam of Mid-Major Madness. We are bringing back an old series to TDS with the return of “New Faces.” Former Campbell guard and current Rockets summer leaguer Chris Clemons knocked down 3,225 points in four years with Campbell, and only Hall of Famer Pete Maravich and Freeman Williams scored more points in their NCAA careers. Clemons has brought his scoring prowess with him to Vegas, averaging 21.3 points per game in the Rockets’ first three Summer League contests. The Dream Shake spoke with Mitchell Northam of...
Jul 10, 2019
Takeaways from Rockets’ Summer League victory over Kings

Takeaways from Rockets’ Summer League victory over Kings

The Houston Rockets won a nail-biting victory to capture their first win of Summer League play against the Sacramento Kings.  Like the old saying goes, “the third time’s a charm,” and for the Houston Rockets, no quote could have rung any truer. After dropping their last outing against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Rockets ended their two-game losing streak in a 94-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings, Tuesday night at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. While recording their first win of the NBA Summer League, the Rockets did so by defeating one of the hottest teams of the tournament,...