Houston Rockets

Western Southwest

Iman Shumpert has declined a contract offer from the Houston Rockets, Shams Charania reports. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: After months of negotiations, Shumpert has rejected an offer from the Rockets. Shumpert started last season with the Kings before being traded to the Rockets, where he appeared in 20 games. In that span, he logged 19.1 minutes per contest, but only mustered averages of 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists on a pitiful 34.7 percent shooting from the floor. Still, the 29-year-old guard can provide quality defense and shouldn’t have a problem finding a new home before the season starts.

Category: Rumors

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have converted rookie guard William McDowell-White’s training camp contract into a two-way deal. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Australian guard has spent the past few years playing professionally in Australia and Germany after being ruled academically ineligible to attend Fresno State University in 2016. There is little doubt that McDowell-White will be assigned to the Rockets’ G-League affiliate, where the team will hope that he develops. As it stands, McDowell-White is irrelevant for fantasy purposes.

Category: Transactions

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have converted rookie point guard Shamorie Ponds’ training camp contract into a two-way deal. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite being the recipient of the 2018 Haggerty Award (for being the top college basketball player in the New York City metro area), former St. John’s point guard Ponds went undrafted during the 2019 NBA Draft. Presumably, the Rockets' plan for Ponds is to spend time in the G-League developing his game. For now, however, he is completely off the radar in all fantasy leagues.

Category: Transactions

Eric Gordon has signed a four-year, $76 million max extension with the Houston Rockets, Shams Charania reports. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Rockets have decided to keep the band together and will bring back the core of James Harden, Clint Capela, and Gordon to team with new addition Russell Westbrook. An integral part of Houston’s aerial assault offense, Gordon averaged 16.2 points and 3.2 triples on 36.0 percent shooting from downtown last season. He’s a reliable source of threes and scoring for fantasy purposes and should continue to see quality looks this year.

P.J. Tucker apparently rolled his ankle during Thursday's practice, and decided to drop out of the FIBA World Cup in order to focus on getting ready for training camp. He should have sufficient time to heal up, as the Rockets training camp does not open until September 28th at the earliest. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: P.J. Tucker is generally more useful in real life than he is in fantasy basketball. Especially with Russell Westbrook now in the picture, Tucker should mostly be relied on for his grittiness and defense.

Category: Injury Updates

The Houston Rockets have dealt Chris Paul and first-round picks in the 2024 and 2026 draft to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook. The two teams are swapping picks in 2021 and 2025 as well. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Houston has finally given up on the James Harden and Chris Paul pairing by getting rid of the 34-year-old point guard. While the future Hall-of-Famer had a decent season last year, the Rockets felt that they needed to acquire Westbrook to prolong their championship window. Paul will join a depleted Thunder roster with very few pieces outside of Steven Adams and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Category: Transactions

Guard Austin Rivers has decided to stay in Houston on a two-year contract with a player option on the second year. The Rockets picked up Rivers last year after the Phoenix Suns traded for him in the Trevor Ariza deal, who then subsequently waived him. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It didn't take long for Rivers to prove his worth, as he played in 47 games with the Rockets and saw 28.6 minutes a night. Even as the rotations shortened in the postseason, he still managed to get 21.5 MPG. Rivers is part of deep guard group, including Eric Gordon, Gerald Green, and Iman Shumpert, that becomes all the more important considering Chris Paul and James Harden's combustible relationship. If Paul does force his way out of Houston, Rivers could alleviate some of his playmaking, as he averaged 16.1 points and 4.2 assists in his last full season with the Clippers.

Category: Transactions

Clint Capela posted a double-double in Game 3 against the Jazz finishing with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Capela added two blocks and one steal with two turnovers in 33 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Capela continues to play well despite the tough matchup versus Rudy Gobert. No reason to expect this to slow down in Game 4 or in the next round against the Warriors.

Category: Game Recaps

James Harden led the way for the Rockets with a team-high 22 points and a 3-0 series lead. Harden shot a poor 3-for-20 from the floor and 2-for-13 from three but 14-for-16 from the line. He added 10 assists, six steals, four boards, and one block.

Fantasy Impact: Harden couldn't have shot any worse from the floor in this game so expect him to bounce back for more than 22 on 3-for-20 in Game 4.

Category: Game Recaps

Kenneth Faried (knee) will not play on Thursday against Denver. (Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Faried will also miss Saturday's contest and half of an early week back-to-back next week. The Rockets seem to be playing it safe with the Manimal so in the meantime Danuel House and Gary Clark should be decent options.

Category: Injury Updates

Danuel House Jr. hit 5-of-6 (83.3%) shots on Sunday, including 4-of-5 from deep, to finish with 14 points to go along with six rebounds and one steal, helping the Rockets defeat the New Orleans Pelicans.

Fantasy Impact: House has averaged 30.7 minutes per game in March, and outside of Friday night's poor shooting performance, is averaging 14.8 points per game this month. He should continue to produce stat lines similar to tonight's over the final eight games of the regular season.

Category: Game Recaps

Nene will be available tonight in an emergency against the Memphis Grizzlies. (Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nene was originally scheduled to have the night off but with Kenneth Faried being ruled out due to a sore knee, he will be on stand by. PJ Tucker will see minutes as a backup behind Clint Capela tonight.

Category: Injury Updates

Gerald Green put in nine points, three steals and one rebound in 20 minutes of game action on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Green went just 2-for-9 from deep during the win and remains a no-go in standard fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Isaiah Hartenstein was recalled from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday. (Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hartenstein was recalled for center depth with Kenneth Faried (hip) still out and Nene expected to see rest on back-to-backs. Hartenstein should be ignored for fantasy purposes.

Category: Transactions

Gary Clark got the spot start against the Heat on Thursday as Eric Gordon was out with a leg injury. Clark scored 14 points on a decent 5-for-9 shooting while adding five rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 32 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: With Eric Gordon, Iman Shumpert, and Kenneth Faried out, the Rockets were forced to start Clark who showed he's worth a look in this position in daily lineups.

Category: Game Recaps

James Ennis has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for the option to swap second round picks in 2021. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ennis was traded due to the excessive guard depth after the Rockets acquired Inman Shumpert yesterday. There is no reason to think that he becomes a fantasy contributor in Philadelphia without an injury to JJ Redick, but he could take a few minutes away from Shake Milton.

Category: Transactions

Marquese Chriss has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team deal. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chriss was requesting a move from Houston and Cleveland is a better landing spot for him. He could be in line for fantasy value if Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson remain out.

Category: Transactions

Brandon Knight has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team deal. The Cavaliers also get Marquese Chriss from the Rockets while the Rockets get Wade Baldwin, Nik Stauskas, and Iman Shumpert, The Kings receive Alec Burks as apart of this deal. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Knight was expected to be moved by the Rockets as well as Chriss but there's no clear fantasy winner.

Category: Transactions