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The Houston Rockets sign PF/C Marcus Camby

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Sunday 28 July 2013 at 2:33 pm

The Rockets have signed 39-year old PF/C Marcus Camby to a 1-year deal.  Camby played in 24 games (4 starts) with the Knicks last year and he averaged 10.4 minutes, 1.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  Camby has now played in 973 games (786 starts) in his first 17 years in the NBA and he is averaging 29.5 minutes, 9.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.4 blocked shots per game.  Camby is currently #12 in blocked shots (2,331) and #38 in total rebounds (9,513) in NBA history.  Camby played with the Rockets in 2011-12, appearing in 19 games (13 starts) in which he averaged 24.1 minutes, 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game.  This was a good signing for the Rockets as Camby will help their defense off the bench, if he has anything left in the gas tank.

The Houston Rockets waive James Anderson and Tim Ohlbrecht

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Saturday 13 July 2013 at 6:01 pm

The Rockets have waived 24-year old SG/SF James Anderson and 24-year old center Tim Ohlbrecht.  Anderson played in 29 games (2 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 10.6 minutes, 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  He has now played in 116 games (6 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 11.1 minutes, 3.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Ohlbrecht played in 3 games (0 starts) as a rookie for the Rockets last year and he averaged 4.0 minutes, 1.0 point, 0.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  The Rockets should be o.k. moving forward without these two guys.

UPDATE:  (7/16/2013) - The 76ers have claimed James Anderson and Tim Ohlbrecht off waivers.

The Houston Rockets sign Reggie Williams

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Wednesday 10 July 2013 at 5:35 pm

The Rockets have signed 26-year old SG/SF Reggie Williams.  Williams played in 40 games (0 starts) for the Bobcats last year and he averaged 9.5 minutes, 3.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  He has now played in 177 games (32 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 20.0 minutes, 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.  Williams was a nice addition to the bench as he is a pretty solid offensive player.

The Houston Rockets sign Omri Casspi

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Saturday 6 July 2013 at 1:51 pm

The Rockets have signed 25-year old small forward Omri Casspi to a 2-year deal.  Casspi played in 43 games (1 start) for the Cavaliers last year and he averaged 11.7 minutes, 4.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  He has now played in 256 games (94 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 21.4 minutes, 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  The Rockets hope that a change of scenery can get Casspi back to being the player he was in Sacramento.

Dwight Howard is going to sign with the Houston Rockets on July 10th!

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Saturday 6 July 2013 at 5:24 am

The Houston Rockets are going to sign 27-year old center Dwight Howard to a 4-year, $88 million dollar deal on July 1oth!  Howard was the prize of the free agent market this summer.  He is the best center in the NBA, period!  Howard played in 76 games (all starts) for the Lakers last year and he averaged 35.8 minutes, 17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.4 blocked shots per game.  Howard has now played in 697 games (696 starts) in his first 9 years in the NBA and he is averaging 36.1 minutes, 18.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.2 blocked shots per game.  Howard has shot 57.7% from both the floor and the free throw line so far in his NBA career.  Howard is a three time Defensive Player of the Year and he has led the NBA in rebounds six times and blocked shots twice so far in his career.  The Rockets still have some work to do before the 2013-14 season begins.  That being said, just signing Howard makes them a championship contender.

The Houston Rockets send Royce White to the 76ers

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 6 July 2013 at 5:17 am

The Houston Rockets have dealt 22-year old forward Royce White, the draft rights to 21-year old forward Furkan Aldemir and cash to the Philadelphia 76ers for future draft considerations.  White was a mess with the Rockets as a rookie.  He was a first round pick in 2012.  White was scared of flying and he never played for the Rockets as a rookie.  He spent his rookie season with the Rio Grand Valley Vipers of the D-League.  He played in 16 games (8 starts) for the Vipers last year and he averaged 25.6 minutes, 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.  This is really not much of a loss for the Rockets, even if White turns into a player some day, as it was never going to happen in Houston.

The Houston Rockets deal Thomas Robinson to the Portland Trailblazers

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 July 2013 at 7:39 am

The Houston Rockets have dealt 22-year old power forward Thomas Robinson to the Portland Trailblazers for two future second round picks and the draft rights to small forward Kostas Papanikolau and 21-year old center Marko Todorovic.  Robinson played in 19 games (0 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 13.0 minutes, 4.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  He played in 70 games (0 starts) overall last year for the Rockets and Kings in which he averaged 15.1 minutes, 4.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  Papanikolau is a 22-year old,  6′9″, 209 pound small forward out of Greece.  He was the #48 overall pick (2nd round) of the New York Knicks in the 2011 NBA Draft.  Todorovic is a 21-year old, 6′11″, 240 pound center out of Spain.  He was a Blazers’ second round pick (#45 overall) of the Portland Trailblazers in the 2012 NBA Draft.  He has played in 64 games in his first two years in Spain and he is averaging 7.3 minutes, 2.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  This deal was all about making salary cap space to make a run at Dwight Howard or other big time free agents.

The Houston Rockets picked Isaiah Canaan in the 2nd round of the 2013 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General, The Draft Report by joelapinski on Friday 28 June 2013 at 6:35 pm

The Houston Rockets picked 22-year old PG/SG Isaiah Canaan out of Murray State with the #34 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2013 NBA Draft.  Canaan is 6′1″, 195 pounds.  He played in 31 games for Murray State last year and he averaged 36.5 minutes, 21.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  Canaan played in 132 games in his four years in college and he averaged 29.4 minutes, 15.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  Canaan shot 45% from the floor, 41.9% from three point range and 80.3% from the free throw line in college.  This was an outstanding pick for the Rockets as Canaan should have been picked at the bottom end of the first round.

The Houston Rockets will let Aaron Brooks leave

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 17 June 2013 at 11:21 am

The Houston Rockets won’t pick up 28-year old point guard Aaron Brooks’ option for the 2013-14 season before June 30th.  His team option was valued at $2.5 million bucks.  Brooks played in 7 games (0 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 5.4 minutes, 1.4 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Brooks played in 53 games (20 starts) overall last year for the Kings and Rockets in which he averaged 18.8 minutes, 7.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.  Brooks has played in 325 games (149 starts) in his first five years in the NBA and he is averaging 24.0 minutes, 11.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.  This is no loss for the Rockets and it will create more salary cap space for them this summer.

UPDATE:  (6/25/2013) - The Rockets will attempt to deal Brooks on draft night.  If they are unsuccessful, they will let him go.

UPDATE II:  (6/30/2013) - The Rockets have waived Aaron Brooks.

UPDATE III:  (7/19/2013) - The Rockets have re-signed Aaron Brooks to a 1-year deal.

The Houston Rockets are going to let Francisco Garcia go

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 17 June 2013 at 11:17 am

The Rockets are not going to pick up 31-year old SG/SF Francisco Garcia’s option for the 2013-14 season valued at $6.4 million bucks.  Garcia played in 18 games (5 starts) for the Rockets last year after coming over in a deal with the Kings and he averaged 17.7 minutes, 6.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  He played in 58 games (20 starts) overall last year for the Kings and Rockets in which he averaged 17.7 minutes, 5.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  Garcia has now played in 480 games (133 starts) in his first 8 years in the NBA and he is averaging 22.0 minutes, 8.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  This is not much of a loss for the Rockets as they want to create more salary cap space for a possible spending spree this summer.

UPDATE:  (7/6/2013) - The Rockets have re-signed Francisco Garcia to a 2-year, $2.6 million dollar deal.

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