Player News - Rockets

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The Rockets are working toward signing Isaiah Hartenstein and hope to reach an agreement by the end of the week, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Hartenstein played well for the Rockets summer league entry this month, averaging 10.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in 21.9 minutes over four contests. He played for Houston's G-League affiliate last season and averaged 9.5 points (on 57.1 percent shooting) and 6.6 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game. He is not on the fantasy radar.
Jul 19 - 12:14 PM

De'Anthony Melton scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

He's impressing his GM, the summer-league staff, and head coach Mike D'Antoni. The Rockets have whiffed for the most part in free agency, so maybe Melton can compete with James Ennis. Considering his motor and how he'll be taking a ton of threes, Melton is a guy to watch. He's also part of the Drew Hanlen crew.
Jul 14 - 8:55 PM

Zhou Qi is dealing with a strained left calf.

He's had a decent summer league with blocks, swatting away 3.0 shots per game. Qi did trend up overall at the event and made 73% from the field. He's still way too raw to be a factor in the NBA, but the Rockets should be pleased he is better than he was last year.
Jul 14 - 6:00 PM

P.J. Hairston announced his retirement from the NBA on Friday.

Hairston appeared in 111 career games with Charlotte and Memphis. He last played for the Grizzlies in the 2015-16 season.
Jul 14 - 9:28 AM

James Ennis said he's going to be a defense-first player.

After playing on a slower Memphis team for most of last year and with the 21st-ranked Pistons pace, things should pick up for Ennis, but he's up for learning the Mike D'Antoni system. "I’m going to get it right away because I played in a system he was running," Ennis said. "I love how physical they are. I definitely know how they talk and rotate. It’s going to be fun." Ennis was only able to make 35.2 percent of his wide-open treys last year, so that number may have to come up a tad.
Jul 13 - 4:55 PM

De'Anthony Melton's play in summer league has impressed Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni.

Melton is averaging a team-high 16.5 points per game, to go along with 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.8 steals. "I didn’t think he can shoot; he can really shoot," D’Antoni said of Melton. "Now we all know, there’s summer league, there’s the preseason and there’s the regular season. You have to make three jumps. He made one jump, so we’ll see. He’s got good composure, plays good defense, has a good skill set, good instincts for the ball. There’s a lot of good positives."
Jul 13 - 1:20 PM

James Ennis has agreed to a two-year deal with the Rockets, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

The second year is a player option, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. After the Rockets lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, they had to land someone to help out with their forward depth. Ennis was having an OK year from deep with the Grizzlies, but he lost his touch with the Pistons, making just 30.4 percent from deep in 27 games.
Jul 11 - 5:36 PM

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Rockets offered Clint Capela a five-year, $85 million deal back on July 1.

There were also some incentives that could have pushed the deal up to $90 million. This is obviously significantly higher than previous reports -- ESPN's Tim MacMahon said on Tuesday morning that the offer was in the $60 million range. Feigen adds that the Rockets remain optimistic that a deal will be reached, but it's a bit surprising that it's taken this long for one of the best young centers in the NBA.
Jul 10 - 8:34 PM

ESPN's Tim MacMahon is reporting that Clint Capela and the Rockets are currently at a standstill in negotiations.

Per the report, the Rockets' initial offer to Capela was in the four-year, $60 million range. However, Capela is seeking a deal closer to $100 million over four seasons. Capela is a restricted free agent, so Houston can match any offer he receives this summer. Yet, Capela could also choose to sign his one-year qualifying offer and then hit the market as an unrestricted free agent next July. The Rockets would prefer to avoid that situation, as there would be a chance of losing him for nothing in that scenario.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 10 - 9:33 AM

Vince Edwards scored 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and had eight rebounds and two assists in the Rockets summer league win over the Clippers on Monday.

He was shooting just 20 percent heading into this one, but finally showed how well he can knock them down when he gets going, adding two 3-pointers on four attempts. Edwards will likely be a commuter between the G-League and the big club as the season goes on and really shows no fantasy value at the moment.
Jul 10 - 1:49 AM

De'Anthony Melton scored 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting and had 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in the Rockets summer league win over the Clippers on Monday.

He continues to improve as the summer league goes on, posting his best stat line yet. Melton obviously had some rust after having to sit out last season due to NCAA investigation but is starting to prove just how talented he is. Thing is, he's on a very talented team so he'll likely see his fair share of G-League minutes in 2018-19.
Jul 10 - 1:43 AM

Clint Capela is reportedly unhappy with Houston over contract negotiations.

His initial meeting with the Rockets didn't go well, as there is reportedly a "major difference in valuation." Capela was offered something similar to the four-year, $53 million deal that Jusuf Nurkic got in Portland, but Capela values himself somewhere int he four-year, $80 million range. The Rockets aren't in a rush because there aren't many teams with cap space left, but Capela could be tempted to play on the $4.7 million qualifying offer and hit unrestricted free agency next summer.
Source: USA Today
Jul 9 - 9:57 AM

De'Anthony Melton notched 17 points (6-of-12 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), two 3-pointers, five rebounds, four steals and one block in just 23 minutes on Sunday.

The No. 46 pick was at his best late in this game, helping Houston earn a comeback 87-81 victory. His upside has been partially obscured by the shadow of an NCAA investigation involving bribery, but he's a lottery talent who can develop at his own pace in Houston's stacked backcourt. He's likely to spend most of his time in the G League while Chris Paul, James Harden and Eric Gordon are healthy.
Jul 8 - 9:36 PM

R.J. Hunter scored a game-high 24 points on Sunday, making 8-of-14 shots with five 3-pointers in just 25 minutes.

Hunter added one rebound, one assist and one steal, making this the type of hollow fantasy line roto owners know to avoid. His scoring outburst allowed Houston to climb back from a 70-56 deficit, though, and it could help him earn a training camp deal after Summer League.
Jul 8 - 9:36 PM

Vince Edwards shot 1-of-4 from downtown on Sunday, adding three rebounds, one steal and no other stats in 18 minutes off the bench.

The four-year player out of Purdue fits the stretch-PF mold, which could be especially handy if the Rockets part ways with Ryan Anderson before his deal expires in 2020. Edwards shot just 2-of-10 from the field in his Vegas debut (including 1-of-6 from deep), but that's not a true reflection of his polished shooting -- just don't expect him to help fantasy owners as a rookie.
Jul 8 - 9:35 PM


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