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Rockets' Tari Eason: Impresses in preseason debut
Eason delivered 21 points (9-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block across 21 minutes off the bench in Sunday's 134-96 win over the Spurs.
Eason turned heads with his play during the preseason opener, as he led the Rockets in both points and rebounds while contributing in each of the five major categories. The 17th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Eason has likely done enough in recent months to secure a rotation role on the rebuilding Rockets.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Alperen Sengun: Nearly perfect from field
Sengun posted 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-5 FT), five rebounds and three assists across 20 minutes in Sunday's 134-96 win over the Spurs.
Sengun made waves as a rookie due to his well-rounded play, and all signs point toward continued improvement for him in his second year in the league. Expect Sengun to begin the season as the Rockets' starting center while operating as a bonafide two-way threat.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Josh Christopher: Scores 15 in huge win
Christopher posted 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 0-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists and a steal across 21 minutes off the bench in Sunday's 134-96 win over the Spurs.
Christopher was one of five Houston players that scored in double digits in this game, and the role he fulfilled against the Spurs should be the same he'll have during the regular season -- a steady scoring threat off the bench. The second-year guard, who seems to be fully healthy after battling a hip injury before training camp, averaged 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 18.0 minutes per game as a rookie.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Jabari Smith: Hits five threes in preseason debut
Smith finished Sunday's preseason win over the Spurs with 21 points (8-15 FG, 5-8 3Pt), eight rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.
In his first real taste of real action, Smith looked every bit the part of a highly regarded rookie, hitting five three-pointers en route to a 21-point night. Three of Smith's five made threes came in the first half, which he finished with 15 points and five boards. The Auburn product struggled shooting the ball during the Las Vegas Summer League, so Sunday's performance should put a more positive spin on Smith's fantasy value heading into draft season.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Bruno Fernando: Agrees to four-year deal
Fernando signed a four-year, $10.9 million contract with the Rockets on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Fernando rejoined the Rockets on an Exhibit 10 contract in late July, and his contract was converted to a two-way deal late last week. He's impressed during the offseason and will be rewarded with a multi-year deal ahead of the 2022-23 campaign. Fernando appeared in 30 games between the Celtics and Rockets last year and averaged 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 5.1 minutes per game.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Jae'Sean Tate: Will sit out Sunday
Tate will miss Sunday's preseason game versus the Spurs with a sore left ankle, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Tate would likely play Sunday if it were a regular season game, per Feigen. After signing a three-year deal this offseason, Tate should see a significant role for the Rockets in 2022-23. His ankle injury will likely not cause him to miss any regular-season action.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Bruno Fernando: Inks two-way deal
The Rockets are converting Fernando to a two-way contract, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reports.
Fernando had initially signed an Exhibit 10 deal with Houston. With his new two-way contract, Fernando will likely split time between the G League and NBA in 2022-23. In 10 games with the Rockets last season, Fernando averaged 6.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks 9.4 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Ty Jerome: Heading to Houston
Jerome, along with three other players, has been traded to the Rockets on Thursday in exchange for four players, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Jerome, who likely will be waived by the Rockets, just finished his third season in the NBA with the Thunder. The 25-year-old guard spent two seasons with Oklahoma City, where he averaged 8.9 points, 3.0 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.6 steals during 20.3 minutes of action. If Jerome does indeed hit free agency after being waived, a reunion with Phoenix is rumored to be a possibility.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Maurice Harkless: Headed to Houston
Harkless -- along with Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick -- was traded from the Thunder to the Rockets on Thursday in exchange for David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke and Marquese Chriss, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
It's only been two days since the Thunder acquired Harkless from the Hawks via trade, but he'll now join his third team in three months as soon as the transaction is finalized. It's unclear what Harkless' role will be with the Rockets, but assuming he stays put, he'll provide depth at both forward spots for the 2022-23 season. In 47 appearances last season with the Kings, Harkless averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per contest.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Theo Maledon: Gets traded to Houston
The Thunder traded Maledon, along with Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Maurice Harkless and a 2025 second-round pick to the Rockets in exchange for David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke and Marquese Chriss on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
After playing with the Thunder for his first two seasons in the league, Maledon is set to join a Houston squad that has limited depth in their backcourt. The 21-year-old averaged 8.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 22.6 minutes of action over his two seasons with Oklahoma City. Maledon figures to see minutes behind Kevin Porter and Jalen Green this upcoming season.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Favorite to start at SF
Gordon is on a path to start at small forward ahead of Jae'Sean Tate, Kelly Iko of The Athletic reports.
Iko notes that while Gordon will likely start for the Rockets, Tate still figures to be a big factor and will see a good chunk of minutes with the starters. The staff will likely tinker with the lineup options during training camp before figuring out how it wants to deploy it when the regular season fires up Oct. 19 versus the Hawks.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Josh Christopher: Good to go for training camp
Christopher (hip) is healthy and available for training camp, Ben DuBose of USA Today reports.
Christopher picked up a hip injury during Summer League play, but as expected, he'll be good to go for training camp. As a rookie, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 18.0 minutes per game and figures to garner a similar role during the 2022-23 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Usman Garuba: Healthy for training camp
Garuba (ankle) is healthy and available for training camp, Ben DuBose of USA Today reports.
Garuba suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain during Summer League and was sidelined for a few weeks. However, as expected, the second-year forward is good to go for training camp. He appeared in 24 games as a rookie, posting 2.0 points and 3.5 rebounds across 10.0 minutes.... See More ... See Less
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