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The Houston Rockets acquire Tyler Ennis from the Bucks

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 26 September 2016 at 1:58 pm

The Houston Rockets have acquired 22-year old point guard Tyler Ennis from the Milwaukee Bucks for 27-year old small forward Michael Beasley.  Ennis played in 46 games (7 starts) for the Bucks last year and he averaged 14.2 minutes, 4.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.  He has now played in 79 games (8 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 13.5 minutes, 4.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.  Ennis has also played in 1 playoff game off the bench in his career so far, working in 16 minutes in which he had 5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.  Ennis will give the Rockets a solid backup at point guard behind Patrick Beverley in 2016-17.  Ennis could replace him at some point down the road for the starting gig.  Beasley played in 20 games (0 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 18.2 minutes, 12.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  He also played in 5 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Rockets last year and he averaged 16.0 minutes, 10.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  I like this deal for the Rockets, as Ennis is a young player with a nice upside.

The Houston Rockets sign Pablo Prigioni

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 14 July 2016 at 12:50 pm

The Houston Rockets have signed 39-year old point guard Pablo Prigioni.  Prigioni played in 59 games (3 starts) for the Clippers last year and he averaged 13.9 minutes, 2.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.  Prigioni also played in 5 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Clippers last year and he averaged 5.2 minutes, 0.0 points, 0.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  Prigioni played in 24 games (0 starts) for the Rockets in 2014-15 and he averaged 16.8 minutes, 3.0 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He also played in 17 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Rockets in 2014-15 in which he averaged 17.2 minutes, 3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  Prigioni has now played in 270 games (51 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 16.9 minutes, 3.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  He has also played in 33 games (10 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 16.6 minutes, 3.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.  Prigioni could be the Rockets’ backup point guard in 2016-17, so I like that they brought him back.

The Houston Rockets decline Andrew Goudelock’s option for 2016-17

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 7 July 2016 at 2:29 pm

The Houston Rockets have declined 27-year old shooting guard Andrew Goudelock‘s team option for the 2016-17 season.  He played in 8 games (0 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 6.3 minutes, 2.8 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  He also played in 2 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Rockets last year in which he averaged 5.5 minutes, 3.0 points and 1.0 rebound per game.  Goudelock has now played in 49 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 9.7 minutes, 4.0 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  He has also played in 9 games (2 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 11.2 minutes, 5.2 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  This is not much of a loss moving forward for the Rockets.

The Houston Rockets sign Nene Hilario

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 9:16 pm

The Houston Rockets have signed 33-year old PF/C Nene Hilario to a 1-year, $2.9 million dollar deal.  Nene played in 57 games (11 starts) for the Washington Wizards last year and he averaged 19.2 minutes, 9.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.  He has now played in 804 games (612 starts) in his first 14 years in the NBA and he is averaging 28.3 minutes, 12.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  Nene has also played in 64 games (56 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 29.4 minutes, 10.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  This was a good move for the Rockets, as Nene came to them pretty cheap for a player with his resume’.  As of right now, he will likely back up Clint Capela at center for the Rockets in 2016-17.

The Houston Rockets sign Eric Gordon

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 8:48 am

The Houston Rockets have signed 27-year old shooting guard Eric Gordon to a 4-year, $53 million dollar deal.  Gordon played in 45 games (44 starts) for the Pelicans last year and he averaged 32.9 minutes, 15.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  Gordon has now played in 417 games (398 starts) in his first 8 years in the NBA and he is averaging 33.9 minutes, 16.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  Gordon has only played in 4 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 35.8 minutes, 18.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.  Gordon is shooting 43.5% from the floor, 38.3% from three point range and 81.4% from the three point line so far in his career.  Gordon is too small to play small forward for the Rockets and he isn’t going to start over James Harden, so he will likely be the Rockets’ 6th man.

The Houston Rockets sign Ryan Anderson

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 2 July 2016 at 3:28 pm

The Houston Rockets have signed 28-year old power forward Ryan Anderson to a 4-year, $80 million dollar deal.  Anderson played in 66 games (7 starts) for the Pelicans last year and he averaged 30.4 minutes, 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  He has now played in 484 games (159 starts) in his first 8 years in the NBA and he is averaging 26.0 minutes, 13.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Anderson has also played in 24 games (5 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 21.0 minutes, 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  Anderson is shooting 42.3% from the floor, 37.7% from three point range and 86.1% from the free throw line so far in his NBA career.  Anderson will move right into the starting lineup at power forward for the Rockets and he will help them with floor spacing due to the fact that he’s one of the best long range shooting big men in the NBA.  I love this move for the Rockets!

The Houston Rockets picked center Zhou Qi in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 1:01 pm

The Houston Rockets selected 20-year old center Zhou Qi out of China with the #43 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2016 NBA Draft.  He is 7’2″, 218 pounds.  Qi played in 42 games (40 starts) in China last year and he averaged 34.2 minutes, 15.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.2 blocked shots per game.  He has now played in 73 games (60 starts) in his first two years in China and he is averaging 32.1 minutes, 15.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steal and 3.2 blocked shots per game.  If you are going to draft and stash a player in the second round of the NBA Draft…..why not a 7 footer?  I like this pick for the Rockets.

The Houston Rockets picked Chinanu Onuaku in the 2nd round of the 2016 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 12:49 pm

The Houston Rockets selected center Chinanu Onuaku out of Louisville with the #37 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2016 NBA Draft.  Onuaku is 6’11”, 230 pounds.  He played in 31 games for Louisville last year and he averaged 24.6 minutes, 9.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 blocked shots per game.  He played in 66 games in his two years with the Cardinals and he averaged 21.0 minutes, 6.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.6 blocked shots per game.  He shot 61.9% from the floor in college, but only 54.7% from the free throw line.  I like this pick for the Rockets, as Onuaku is a big guy that plays the game that way.

The Houston Rockets have five free agents heading into this summer

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 6:40 am

The Houston Rockets have five free agents heading into this summer and it’s a very real possibility that they all leave.  Center Dwight Howard opted out of his contract this summer and he is looking to land on a team that will pay him max money.  In my opinion, I think the Rockets should just let him go and sign another center in free agency to replace him.  PF Josh Smith is likely gone too, as he might be able to find a team that likes him this summer.  Point guard Jason Terry could be leaning towards retirement.  PF Terrence Jones got into the Rockets’ Dog House last year, but they can match any offer he gets as he is a restricted free agent.  PF/C Donatas Motiejunas is also a restricted free agent that I could see leaving as the Rockets actually traded him last year to the Pistons, before the deal was rescinded due to a back problem.

Dwight Howard has opted out of his contract with the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 7:00 pm

30-year old center Dwight Howard has opted out of his contract with the Houston Rockets, making him an unrestricted free agent.  Howard was due to make $23,282,457 bucks if he opted in for the 2016-17 season with the Rockets.  I think he might not mind re-signing with the Rockets, but I think they might have other plans with that newly found salary cap space.  Howard played in 71 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 32.1 minutes, 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.6 blocked shots per game.  He shot an impressive 62% from the floor and a simply pathetic 48.9% from the free throw line last year.  Howard played in 183 games (all starts) in his three years with the Rockets and he averaged 32.2 minutes, 16.0 points, 11.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 blocked shots per game.  Howard also has played in 28 games (all starts) in the playoffs for the Rockets and he averaged 35.2 minutes, 17.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.3 blocked shots per game.  Despite only playing three years with the Rockets, Howard is #10 in franchise history in blocked shots with 294 of them.  Howard has now played in 880 games (879 starts) in his first 12 years in the NBA and he is averaging 35.3 minutes, 17.8 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.1 blocked shots per game.  He could get max or near max money on the free agent market, as he is the best center available.

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