Player News - Rockets

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According to Kelly Iko of The Athletic, the Rockets "don’t want to overextend" Chris Paul this season.

CP3 turned 33 back in May and signed a four-year, $160 million deal over the offseason. He played in 58 and 61 games over the past two seasons due to injury, and with the Rockets adding Brandon Knight, they could look to reduce Paul's workload with some maintenance days mixed in to keep him healthy for the postseason. He's still an elite fantasy point guard, but he's a lot more risky in head-to-head leagues for the reasons stated above.
Sep 17 - 1:18 PM

Rockets associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik announced his retirement on Sunday.

The rest of Houston's coaching staff will seek to pick up where Bzdelik left off as "the architect of [the] franchise's rejuvenated defense." Indeed, the Rockets ranked sixth overall in defensive rating last year, allowing 103.8 points per 100 possessions. Assistant coach Roy Rogers is expected to assume most of Bzdelik's defensive duties, beginning with how to replace Trevor Ariza's impact on that end of the court.
Sep 16 - 8:51 PM

James Ennis said coach Mike D'Antoni told him he should "shoot as many threes as possible."

"Coach D’Antoni told me in the meeting that if I don’t shoot double or have a career year in 3-point attempts then he’s gonna bench me," Ennis said. Looking at the stats, that doesn't set a very high bar after Ennis attempted a career-high 153 treys last season. Even if he did double it, that would put him at 86th in the league to tie Jaylen Brown's 306. Regardless, the Rockets will need Ennis to fill minutes, so he's on the radar in deep leagues.
Sep 12 - 3:43 PM

Rockets GM Daryl Morey spoke highly of Marquese Chriss.

"Marquese is a guy in [Mike D'Antoni's] offense who can roll and finish at the rim and very athletic and we feel he’s underrated as well," Morey said. Chriss could benefit from a fresh start on one of the NBA's best teams, and he'll get plenty of clean looks with Chris Paul and James Harden running the show. However, assuming he plays mostly center, he'll have limited opportunity to produce fantasy value behind Clint Capela.
Sep 11 - 7:28 PM

The Hawks will announce the signing of R.J. Hunter on Friday, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Hawks G-League affiliate traded for Hunter last week. He'll sign a training camp deal with Atlanta and will compete for the final spot on the team's 15-man roster. The more likely scenario is Hunter spending the season in the G-League. He can be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Sep 7 - 12:38 PM

Clint Capela may see an increase in his playing time next season.

The Rockets inked Capela a five-year, $90 million deal earlier this summer; a sign that Houston is committed to him as their franchise center. Last season, Capela averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks despite logging just 27.5 minutes a night. If he can creep up towards 30 minutes per game, Capela could flirt with top-25 overall fantasy production.
Sep 4 - 12:32 PM

Shawn Long will play in Australia for the New Zealand Breakers next season.

Long averaged 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds in 13 minutes over 13 games for the Sixers in 2016-17. He spent last season in G-League with Delaware 87ers.
Sep 4 - 9:49 AM

Zhou Qi scored 15 points with 11 rebounds, four blocks and three 3-pointers during a win over Iran in the Asian Games.

He didn't have the strongest showing in summer league and you could say Isaiah Hartenstein was better, but Qi has been very effective in overseas action. He was extremely raw a couple years ago, but he's starting to get some polish on his game. He's still off the fantasy radar in just about all leagues, though.
Sep 1 - 9:14 PM

The Atlanta Hawks G-League affiliate has reportedly traded for the rights to R.J. Hunter.

The Rockets waived Hunter last month, but still owned his rights. Per the report, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston's G-League squad) will receive Jonathan Gibson and a fourth-round draft pick in the trade. Atlanta is expected to offer Hunter an exhibit 10 deal.
Sep 1 - 9:38 AM

According to Phoenix reporter John Gambadoro, Brandon Knight (knee) may not be ready for the start of training camp, but expects to be ready for the 2018-19 season.

Per Gambadoro, Knight had "a minor cleanup on his knee about 6 weeks ago." This is the first we've heard of a recent procedure on Knight's knee. It's concerning, as he is coming off an ACL tear, but we should have more details from Knight himself when he is introduced as a new member of the Rockets. He is no longer on the fantasy radar in standard leagues, as he'll be fighting for limited minutes in the Rockets stacked backcourt.
Sep 1 - 9:30 AM

As of now, the Rockets have no plans to use the stretch provision on Brandon Knight, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

After the trade sending Knight to Houston was agreed to, there was some speculation that the Rockets would stretch and waive him in the hopes of avoiding the luxury tax. If Houston utilized the stretch provision, $6.1 million of Knight's salary would count against the cap over the next five seasons. However, per Lowe, Knight will stay put. Coming off an ACL tear and playing behind James Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon, it is difficult to envision Knight earning consistent minutes in Houston. His fantasy value takes a huge hit.
Aug 31 - 10:17 AM

Brandon Knight has been traded to the Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of

This is a bit of a puzzling move for the Rockets, who do have some decent depth at guard. Knight is still owed $30.2 million over the next two seasons, so either they're sold he'll come back 100 percent from his ACL tear in a system that suits his style, or maybe they have something else coming. Knight goes from a potential opening-night starter on a team lacking offensive weapons, to a bench option behind the reigning MVP and future Hall of Fame guard. This takes him off draft boards.
Aug 30 - 11:59 PM

Houston has traded Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton to Phoenix for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of

The Suns made a clear message this offseason that Chriss and Dragan Bender were on notice, and clearly the team is comfortable moving on from the former lottery pick. Chriss' mistakes were the headline of his 2017-18 season, and he continues to make silly fouls in the open court. He has some raw talent, so maybe a change of scenery could be a good thing. He'll have a chance to earn backup center minutes, but he's not worth drafting in most leagues.
Aug 30 - 11:58 PM

Zhou Qi posted 22 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks in the semifinals of the Asian Games on Friday, helping China advance to the gold-medal game.

They'll square off against an Iranian team that includes former Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi, who scored 23 points in a semifinal win vs. Korea. It's safe to assume that Qi is over the calf strain that bothered him during Summer League, so we'll take him off the injury report.
Aug 30 - 3:37 PM

Alessandro Gentile will join the Rockets for training camp.

Gentile was the 53rd pick in the 2014 draft and has been stashed overseas. A fracture in his right hand kept him out of the Summer League, but after his second surgery in two years he's reportedly healthy again. The Rockets will have 14 guaranteed contracts once they sign De'Anthony Melton, so Gentile will have a chance to fight for the 15th and final spot.
Aug 19 - 11:42 AM

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