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Carmelo Anthony is finally a Rocket, but is he still going to be a starter?

Source | 10 hrs ago.

Carmelo Anthony is, finally, officially a Rocket. It took more than a month, but Carmelo Anthony finally joined the Houston Rockets on Monday, signing the one-year, $2.4 million contract he verbally agreed to last week. One possible resolution to the potentially sticky issue of how best to integrate ‘Melo: bringing him off the bench to allow him to act as the shot-creating, high-usage focal point of Houston’s second unit.

LeBron James to make Lakers home debut against Rockets

Source | 2 days ago.

LeBron James will make his Los Angeles Lakers' home debut on October 20 against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center arena, the National Basketball Association announced on Friday. The four-time league MVP James, who left the Cleveland Cavaliers last month to sign with the Lakers, and his new teammates travel to Portland on the 18th for their regular season debut contest. On Wednesday, the league announced that for the 20th straight year, the Lakers will play on Christmas Day, travelling to face the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

James y los Warriors acaparan horarios estelares en la NBA

Source | 4 days ago.

Los aficionados de la NBA recibirán una buena dosis de LeBron James en uniforme de los Lakers de Los Ángeles, de Kevin Durant y los campeones Warriors de Golden State, los Rockets de Houston y los prometedores Celtics de Boston como parte del calendario

2018 NBA Christmas Day Schedule: LeBron's Lakers and Curry's Warriors highlight another loaded slate

Source | 5 days ago.

The NBA Christmas Day schedule is the single best slate of games of the entire season, and following an offseason of major change, the 2018-19 edition is expected to be as entertaining as ever. The Golden State Warriors will play host to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the marquee matchup of Christmas day. The Lakers have a 21-22 all-time record on Christmas day, having lost to the Timberwolves 121-104 last season.

Ranking the NBA's 2018 Christmas Day Games

Source | 5 days ago.

The NBA’s Christmas Day slate has been revealed, thanks to multiple reports. The holiday will be headlined by another round of LeBron James vs. the Warriors, though this iteration will feature James on the Lakers. Elsewhere, Carmelo Anthony will look to exact revenge when the Rockets face the Thunder, while the NBA has generously allowed you to sleep in this year by (reportedly) scheduling the Knicks in the early game.

LeBron-led Lakers vs. Warriors reportedly leads Christmas slate

Source | 5 days ago.

LeBron James is no stranger to NBA prime-time and holiday games, and Christmas will be no exception this year. James and his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, will face the defending league champion Golden State Warriors on Dec. 25, according to multiple media reports. Also reportedly on the holiday menu: The Houston Rockets, who appear on the verge of adding Carmelo Anthony, late of Oklahoma City, to a cast that includes Chris Paul and James Harden, will host the Thunder, with stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

Rockets' Paul donates $2.5m to Wake Forest

Source | 6 days ago.

NBA All-Star Chris Paul is taking a chunk of his huge new Houston Rockets deal and sending it to the Wake Forest programme that helped shape his game. Wake Forest announced on Tuesday that Paul has donated $2.5 million to his alma mater’s basketball programme and will in turn have the new men’s locker room named in his honour. Paul, a Winston-Salem native, played two seasons at Wake Forest (2003-05) and was a consensus All-American in 2005.

Re-ranking the 2007 recruiting class

Source | 7 days ago.

The Beard has gone from being an incredibly productive two-year player at Arizona State to the Sixth Man of the Year as a third-year pro to the MVP of the NBA this past season. Harden is arguably the best player in the NBA not named LeBron or Durant. As hard as this may be to believe, Derrick Rose does not turn 30 years old for another two months.

Rockets’ James Harden on Games 6 and 7 losses to Warriors: ‘It’s on my mind every day’

Source | 10 days ago.

The Rockets were near maximum levels of obsession with beating the Warriors last season. After losing to Golden State in the Western Conference finals, how much more driven could Houston be? This can be the Rockets’ edge next season.

Will Carmelo and the Rockets Prove to Be a Doomed Marriage?

Source | 11 days ago.

Carmelo Anthony’s game is fading fast, but his defiance is holding strong as ever. The 10-time All-Star has spent the second half of his Hall of Fame career refusing to budge against the likes of Jeremy Lin, Mike D’Antoni, Jeff Hornacek and Phil Jackson in New York, not to mention the many observers who thought he should be benched or take a buyout in Oklahoma City. On the court, the defining image of Anthony’s one-year hiccup with the Thunder came during the 2018 playoffs, when coach Billy Donovan finally cut his minutes, prompting visible frustration from Anthony and much-improved play from the rest of the Thunder.

NBA rumors: Rockets remain interested in former Warriors guard

Source | 12 days ago.

Carmelo Anthony is expected to clear waivers on Wednesday afternoon.At that point, all indications point towards him signing with the Rockets.If and when that happens, it doesn't mean that Houston is closed for business this summer.The Rockets are currently

Could an NBA team in Las Vegas be on the horizon? Star players back idea.

Source | 14 days ago.

The Golden Knights of the NHL are there and thriving, with a sold-out arena and reaching the Stanley Cup Finals on the ice. The Las Vegas Review-Journal asked a bunch of the NBA’s biggest names — in town for the USA Basketball mini-camp last week — and they were down with the idea of an NBA franchise in Sin City. “Even just from adding an NHL team, they’re doing great things,” reigning NBA MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets said.

'I think the worst we're going to be is great' – D'Antoni has faith in Rockets

Source | 15 days ago.

Mike D'Antoni is confident the Houston Rockets can take the next step in the NBA next season. The Rockets finished last season with a 65-17 record and advanced to the Western Conference finals, where they fell to eventual champions the Golden State Warriors in seven games. Houston have made significant changes to their roster this offseason and head coach D'Antoni has faith in his team.

NBA rumors: Rockets, Clint Capela agree on five-year contract extension

Source | 15 days ago.

The Rockets wrapped up some very important business on Friday.Houston and Clint Capela agreed to terms on a five-year extension worth $90 million, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojarnowski.Capela -- the 25th overall pick in the 2014 draft -- had a

Reigning MVP James Harden on Game 7 loss to Warriors: 'It’s on my mind every day'

Source | 16 days ago.

The “MVP” chants greeted James Harden as he walked out of Mendenhall Center at UNLV following the first practice of USA Basketball minicamp, a serenade that had to feel like a long overdue confirmation of the belief that he hasn’t been shy about sharing. Harden is unbothered by detractors who believe the Rockets’ best chance of dethroning the Warriors ended when Paul reached for his right hamstring after coming up lame in the final minute of Game 5.

Grades: Clint Capela's Free-Agency Saga Finally Comes to a Close

Source | 16 days ago.

Clint Capela and the Houston Rockets agreed to an extension on Friday afternoon, a team source confirmed, bringing his restricted free agent saga to a close. Capela will make $90 million over five years after enjoying a breakout season as the interior fulcrum of the team’s high-powered offense. The 24-year-old Swiss big man will stay in Houston for the long-term in a role perfectly suited to his skills, and the Rockets, despite a prolonged wait, keep him on at a relatively solid price.

Reports: Rockets, Clint Capela agree to $90 million extension

Source | 17 days ago.

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela, center, drives to the basket over Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, and guard Klay Thompson (11) in the first half during Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference Finals, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Houston. The Houston Rockets and center Clint Capela have a new contract in place. It took longer than most anticipated, but Capela, a restricted free agent, agreed to a five-year, $90 million extension with the Rockets on Friday, according to multiple outlets.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey looks ahead to next season: 'I think to take down Golden State...'

Source | 17 days ago.

The Rockets won a league-best 65 games last season.They were the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.And according to Daryl Morey, being the top seed entering the playoffs is paramount."I think the main thing is that getting the 1 seed is important,

James Harden on Carmelo Anthony: ‘We will bring the best out of him’

Source | 17 days ago.

Carmelo Anthony will soon be a Houston Rocket. The question everyone is asking now is about fit in Houston — Anthony isolates (as do other Rockets, but they pass out of it more), he stops the ball, and he’s not an interested defender. James Harden at USAB camp (h/t @tom_orsborn): "Everybody in the world knows what Carmelo brings, how gifted and talented he is.

Carmelo Anthony On His Thunder Stint: 'Everything Was Just So Rushed'

Source | 17 days ago.

Carmelo Anthony will don a third uniform in as many seasons in 2018-19 and will join the Houston Rockets after agreeing to a one-year, $2.4 million deal on Monday. Before Anthony steps onto the floor in Houston, the 10-time All-Star spoke to ESPN's Jemele Hill and reflected on his short stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder that ended in a first-round exit against the Jazz. Anthony struggled alongside fellow All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George last season and put up career-lows in points per game and field goal percentage.

Carmelo Anthony: Everything too ‘rushed’ during lone season with Thunder

Source | 18 days ago.

After the Thunder’s season ended with a first-round loss, Carmelo Anthony said, “It wasn’t no strategy to me being here, me being a part of the actual system.” Headed to the Rockets (via the Hawks), Anthony is elaborating. Anthony, via Jemele Hill

Best free agent left, Clint Capela, getting pinched without suitors to push Rockets

Source | 19 days ago.

NBA players are learning that lesson — and, some league officials would suggest learning the cost of not smoothing in the salary cap spike of 2016 — the hard way. The Rockets’ center is the best free agent (albeit restricted) still unsigned. Capela is central to Houston’s top-10 defense and a perfect offensive complement to James Harden and Chris Paul, he is an ideal fit as a modern NBA center.

PBT Extra: NBA Summer Power Rankings Top 10

Source | 19 days ago.

The dust from the NBA’s summer has largely settled. Sure, the Carmelo Anthony trade has to formally go through so he can sign with the Rockets, and Clint Capela is still hanging out there as a restricted free agent, but now we know what teams are going

Report: Carmelo Anthony to sign minimum contract with Rockets

Source | 20 days ago.

Carmelo Anthony signing with the Rockets has been a near-certainty for a while. The final steps – the Thunder trading him to the Hawks, Atlanta waiving him, Anthony clearing waivers – are close enough that specifics are emerging. Carmelo Anthony is planning to sign with the Houston Rockets upon clearing waivers in coming days, according to two people with knowledge of his plans.

NBA News Roundup

Source | 21 days ago.

Welcome to the NBA news roundup, where each week we'll highlight and analyze the most current information fantasy owners ought to know. For more offseason news you can check out our columns about draft grades and winners and losers, updated free agency signings, the LeBron James fallout, the DeMarcus Cousins fallout, and the Kawhi Leonard & DeMar DeRozan fallout. You can also stay tuned in with Rotoworld's podcasts hosted by Mike Gallagher -- here's a link to the archive!