Houston Rockets

Western Southwest

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.

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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.

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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


PJ Tucker posted a double-double in Game 3 win over the Jazz finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tucker also added three assists and two three-pointers in 35 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Tucker continues to play a major role for the Rockets as the team plays Kenneth Faried in a limited fashion. Tucker is a decent DFS option on a nightly basis.

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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.

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Eric Gordon put in 17 points, one rebound and one steal in 37 minutes of game action on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon has been on fire from deep lately. The veteran has now drained 4+ triples in five of his last seven contests—and when he's hitting his threes, he's worth an add.

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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.

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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.

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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


Iman Shumpert will get the start tonight in Memphis as the Rockets take on the Grizzlies. (Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shump is getting the nod as Eric Gordon gets the night off to rest. The matchup vs Memphis is a positive one for the SG position and Shumpert is near minimum priced in DFS so he isn't the worst option as a GPP punt tonight.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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