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The Houston Rockets are going to be looking big in free agency this summer

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 1 July 2013 at 2:32 pm

The Rockets have cleared enough space to offer a player a max offer.  They intend to sign a big time free agent to play either power forward or center this summer.  Here are the likely top four targets for the Rockets in free agency:

Dwight Howard - The Rockets are pulling out a full court press for center Dwight Howard.  He would he a perfect player to team with James Harden for the Rockets.

Al Jefferson - If the Rockets lose out on Dwight Howard, I look for them to quickly turn to C/PF Al Jefferson.  Jefferson is also a big time player, but he is a small step down from Dwight Howard.

Josh Smith - Josh Smith would be the perfect fit up front with center Omer Asik, if the Rockets whiff on Howard and Jefferson.  He gives maximum effort on both ends of the basketball court.

Paul Millsap - Paul Millsap is a player on the rise.  He is one of the more underrated players in the NBA and I think his numbers would rise on a team like the Rockets.

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 made a big mistake in the 2006 NBA Draft

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Draft Report by joelapinski on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 12:56 pm

The Rockets made a great pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, when they selected shooting guard Rudy Gay with the #8 overall pick.  Then the big mistake came as they dealt Gay along with forward Stromile Swift to the Vancouver Grizzlies for SG/SF Shane Battier.  Battier played in 348 games (340 starts) in his five years with the Rockets and he averaged 34.2 minutes, 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  Battier is still #5 in Rockets’ history in three pointers made (576).  Battier was a decent player for the Rockets, but Rudy Gay is one of the better SG/SF in the NBA right now.

The Houston Rockets only have one pick in next week’s NBA Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Draft Report by joelapinski on Thursday 20 June 2013 at 4:36 pm

The Rockets only have one pick in next week’s NBA Draft and it’s a second rounder.  I think they will take the best player available if they stand pat at #34.  With that in mind, in my mock draft on bloglockers.com, I have the Rockets picking small forward Adonis Thomas out of Memphis.  Thomas would be a good addition to the Rockets as he is another athletic player that can get up and down the court.

The Houston Rockets let Carlos Delfino go

Blogged under Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 17 June 2013 at 11:26 am

The Houston Rockets will decline 30-year old SG/SF Carlos Delfino’s option for the 2013-14 season valued at $3.0 million bucks before June 30th.  Delfino played in 67 games (5 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 25.2 minutes, 10.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  Delfino has now played in 507 games (170 starts) in his first 8 years in the NBA and he is averaging 22.8 minutes, 8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds an 1.7 assists per game.  Delfino was one of the Rockets’ better bench players, so this could leave a mark.

UPDATE:  (6/25/2013) - The Rockets will attempt to deal Delfino on draft night.  If they can’t find a taker, they will let him go on June 30th.

UPDATE II:  (6/30/2013) - The Rockets have waived Carlos Delfino.

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.

Moses Malone was an awesome player for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Thursday 6 June 2013 at 11:22 am

As good as Hakeem Olajuwon was for the Rockets, Moses Malone was better.  Malone’s career really started to take off with the Rockets early on in his career.  Malone dominated the paint and he was an incredible offensive player for the Rockets.  In 1978-79, Malone played in 82 games in which he averaged 41.3 minutes, 24.8 points, 17.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.5 blocked shots per game.  He was also awesome in 1981-82, when he played in 81 games for the Rockets in which he averaged 42.0 minutes, 31.1 points, 14.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game.  Malone played in 464 games in his six years with the Rockets and he averaged 38.3 minutes, 24.0 points, 15.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 blocked shots per game.  Malone is still #2 in offensive rebounds (3,009) in Rockets’ history.  He is also #2 in defensive rebounds (3,950), #3 in total rebounds (6,959), #3 in blocked shots (758) and #5 in points scored (11,119) in Rockets’ history.  Malone was elected into Basketball’s Hall of Fame in 2011.

James Harden is a star the Houston Rockets can build around

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Steppin Up by joelapinski on Thursday 6 June 2013 at 11:17 am

23-year old shooting guard James Harden is a star that the Rockets can build around and they have not had one of them in a long time.  Harden played in 78 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 38.3 minutes, 25.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game.  Harden has now played in 298 games (85 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 29.7 minutes, 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  The Rockets rescued Harden, as he would have never gotten the chance to be the kind of player he is right now if he still played with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

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