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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 get Thomas Robinson in a three team deal

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 21 February 2013 at 6:53 am

The Houston Rockets have acquired 21-year old rookie power forward Thomas Robinson, 31-year old SG/SF Francisco Garcia and 22-year old small forward Tyler Honeycutt from the Kings and a second round pick in 2013 from the Phoenix Suns.  In return, the Rockets sent 23-year old power forward Patrick Patterson, 26-year old PG/SG Toney Douglas, 24-year old center Cole Aldrich and $1 million bucks to the Kings and they sent 23-year old forward Marcus Moore to the Suns.

Thomas Robinson was the #5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  He played in 51 games (0 starts) for the Kings this year and he averaged 15.9 minutes, 4.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  He is a power player and he will complement Omer Asik pretty well.  Robinson has a huge upside.  Francisco Garcia played in 40 games (15 starts) for the Kings this year and he averaged 17.8 minutes, 5.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  But, he didn’t shoot too well, hitting only 37.6% from the floor and 36.7% from three point range.  Garcia has now played in 462 games (128 starts) in his first eight years in the NBA and he is averaging 22.2 minutes, 8.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  22-year old forward Tyler Honeycutt has had a rough career to this point.  He has played in only 9 games (0 starts) for the Kings this year and he is averaging 3.6 minutes, 0.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  He has now played in 24 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 5.0 minutes, 1.2 points, 1.0 rebound and 0.4 assists per game.  He is only shooting 31.4% from the floor so far in his NBA career.

Patrick Patterson is off to the Kings and he probably won’t start there.  He played in 47 games (38 starts) for the Rockets this year and he averaged 25.9 minutes, 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  Patterson played in 163 games (45 starts) in his three years with the Rockets and he averaged 21.9 minutes, 8.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Toney Douglas played in 49 games (0 starts) for the Rockets this year and he averaged 18.6 minutes, 8.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.  Cole Aldrich played in 30 games (0 starts) for the Rockets this year and he averaged 7.1 minutes, 1.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  Marcus Morris goes to Phoenix where he will get to play on the same team as his brother Markieff.  Morris played in 54 games (17 starts) for the Rockets this year and he averaged 21.4 minutes, 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  He played in 74 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Rockets and he averaged 18.0 minutes, 7.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.

The whole success of this deal from the Rockets’ perspective will depend on how well Thomas Robinson plays.  They dealt Patterson and Moore to open up a shot for Robinson to start right away for them.

UPDATE:  (3/6/2013) - The Rockets have released Tyler Honeycutt.  He didn’t play any games for them before getting let go.

The Houston Rockets have acquired James Harden and more from the Oklahoma City Thunder

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General, Trades by alleyoop on Sunday 28 October 2012 at 7:14 am

The Rockets kept making offers to teams over the summer for star players, but no one bit….that is…until last night. The Rockets have acquired 23-year old shooting guard James Harden, 23-year old center Cole Aldrich, 25-year old SG/SF Daequan Cook and 25-year old small forward Lazar Hayward from the Thunder. In return, the Rockets are sending 29-year old shooting guard Kevin Martin, rookie 20-year old shooting guard Jeremy Lamb, a first round pick in 2013 from both the Mavericks and Raptors and a 2nd round pick of Bobcats in the 2013 NBA Draft.

The Rockets are likely going to try to sign James Harden to a max contract extension and make him their starting shooting guard from Day #1. He will team with Jeremy Lin to give the Rockets a pretty good looking starting guard tandem. Harden played in 62 games (2 starts) for the Thunder last year and he averaged 31.4 minutes, 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Harden has now played in 220 games (7 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 26.7 minutes, 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game. His scoring average has gone up three years in a row now and he was voted the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2011-12. Cole Aldrich was a first round pick just three years ago, so he might have some untapped talent. Aldrich played in 26 games (0 starts) for the Thunder last year and he averaged 6.7 minutes, 2.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.1 assists per game. Aldrich has now played in 44 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 7.2 minutes, 1.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game. Daequan Cook is a gunner off the bench. He played in 57 games (22 starts) for the Thunder last year and he averaged 17.4 minutes, 5.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. He has now played in 279 games (48 starts) in his first five years in the NBA and he is averaging 19.9 minutes, 7.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. Lazar Hayward played in 26 games (0 starts) for the Thunder last year and he averaged 5.4 minutes, 1.4 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game. He has now played in 68 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 8.2 minutes, 2.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Hayward is only shooting 35.4% from the floor so far in his career. Aldrich, Cook and Hayward could help the Rockets off the bench….if they all make the team.

Kevin Martin has been in head coach Kevin McHale’s Dog House for a while, so he probably welcomes this deal. He will likely have Harden’s role in Oklahoma City as an assassin off the bench. Martin played in 40 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 31.6 minutes, 17.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He played in 144 games (142 starts) in his three years with the Rockets and he averaged 32.8 minutes, 21.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Jeremy Lamb was one of the Rockets’ first round picks in last June’s NBA Draft and he has a big upside. The Rockets also gave up three valuable draft picks that they had in their kitty. The Rockets really need for James Harden to be a star to make this trade look good for them as they gave up a lot to get him.

UPDATE: (10/29/2012) - The Rockets have waived Lazar Hayward.