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Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Canaan contributed 15 points (5-13 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, six assists, and four steals in 31 minutes during the Rockets' 77-68 loss versus the Kings at the Las Vegas Summer League on Monday
Impact: Canaan was phenomenal for the Rockets at the Las Vegas Summer League, and the team also recently shipped Jeremy Lin to the Lakers. Expect Canaan to have every opportunity to earn sufficient time in a backup role behind projected starter Patrick Beverley.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Motiejunas posted 16 points (7-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and one block in 27 minutes during the Rockets' 77-68 loss versus the Kings at the Las Vegas Summer League on Monday.
Impact: Motiejunas averaged 16.8 points (59.3 FG, 38.5 3Pt, 71.1 FT), 8.6 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.4 steals, and 0.4 blocks in eight games at the Las Vegas Summer League. Prior to the game it was announced that he had been named to the Las Vegas Summer League's First Team, and he seems headed for a much more consistent role with the Rockets in 2014-15.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Canaan contributed 24 points (8-17 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), one rebound, one assist, and one steal in 34 minutes during the Rockets' 83-79 win versus the Hornets at the Las Vegas Summer League on Sunday.
Impact: Canaan has averaged 17.3 points (40.4 FG, 34.3 3Pt, 86.0 FT), 1.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.4 steals during the Las Vegas Summer League. He has committed 2.9 turnovers per game, but overall he's been extremely impressive so far this summer, and he should see ample playing time in the tournament championship game on Monday.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Motiejunas contributed 18 points (6-12 FG, 6-8 FT), 13 rebounds, and one steal in 32 minutes during the Rockets' 83-79 win versus the Hornets at the Las Vegas Summer League on Sunday.
Impact: Motiejunas continued his strong play at the Las Vegas Summer League on Sunday as he helped the Rockets advance to the tournament's championship game on Monday.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Motiejunas recorded 19 points (6-10 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 5-9 FT), 13 rebounds, and one assist in 33 minutes during the Rockets' 78-71 win versus the Hawks at the Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday.
Impact: Motiejunas has averaged 16.7 points (64.4 FG, 41.7 3Pt, 67.9 FT), 7.7 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in six games at the Las Vegas Summer League. He's also averaged 2.7 turnovers, but it's been an inspiring performance, and with Omer Asik being traded, it's possible Motiejunas will receive a considerable boost in playing time in 2014-15.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Motiejunas contributed 21 points (8-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 27 minutes during the Rockets' 96-90 win versus the Cavaliers at the Las Vegas Summer League on Thursday.
Impact: Motiejunas started at center and continued his impressive play in the summer league. Expect him to continue to see sufficient playing time going forward in the tournament as he looks to get ready for 2014-15.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Canaan recorded 28 points (10-16 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 32 minutes during the Rockets' 96-90 win versus the Cavaliers at the Las Vegas Summer League on Thursday.
Impact: Canaan started at point guard and absolutely dominated the game. He also took top overall pick Andrew Wiggins to the basket and scored the game-clinching layup for the Rockets. Expect Canaan to continue to see plenty of playing time going forward in the tournament.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith signed a one-year contract with the Rockets on Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: Although Isaiah Canaan has a year in the Rockets' system, Smith is the frontrunner to replace Jeremy Lin as Patrick Beverley's primary backup point guard. With four NBA seasons under his belt, Smith is coming off the highest usage of his career, after averaging 3.7 points (on 42.3 percent shooting), a career-best 2.6 assists, 1.8 rebounds, and 0.7 steals in 14 minutes across 70 games with the Suns.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | STATS
News: The Phoenix Suns have waived Smith, reducing the crowd the team has at point guard.
Impact: Smith appeared in 70 games in his one season with the Suns, averaging 3.7 points and 2.6 assists in 14.4 minutes per game. Acquired from Milwaukee in August of last year, Smith played for his sixth NBA team in Phoenix. He became expendable when the Suns acquired Isaiah Thomas from Sacramento.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Houston has acquired Hopson as part of a three-team trade with the Pelicans and Wizards also involving Trevor Ariz and Omer Asik.
Impact: Hopson played only two games for Cleveland as a rookie in 2013-14.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Gee will go to Houston as part of a three-team trade with the Pelicans and Wizards also involving Trevor Ariza and Omer Asik.
Impact: Gee averaged a career-low 4.0 points per game for Cleveland in 2013-14.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Ariza will join the Rockets as part of a three-team trade also involving the Pelicans and Wizards. Houston will send center Omer Asik, forward Omri Casspi and cash considerations to New Orleans.
Impact: Washington will receive center Melvin Ely and a trade exception as part of Tuesday's trade, in which the Wizards will sign Ariza before sending him to Houston. The Rockets also get forward Alonzo Gee, guard Scotty Hopson and a 2015 first-round draft pick from New Orleans. Ariza averaged 14.4 points last season for Washington. Asik averaged 5.8 points for Houston, a year after averaging a career-best 10.1 points.