Houston Rockets Player News: All Positions

News: Brown and the Trail Blazers came to terms Monday on a training camp contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Undrafted out of UCLA, Brown will latch on with a Trail Blazers team hurting for depth at the center spot with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) injured. Portland brought in Hassan Whiteside over the summer, but it also parted ways with Meyers Leonard, so there's an outside chance Brown could be kept around as an emergency option at the five. The 7-1 Brown averaged 9.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 32 games at UCLA last season.
News: Gordon signed a three-year, $54.5 million contract extension with the Rockets on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gordon has been a valuable piece to the Rockets' puzzle the past three years while working as a second-unit scorer and occasional sidekick alongside James Harden in the starting five. The extension will keep him in the fold through the 2022-23 campaign, but his outlook may be more muddled moving forward with the offseason addition of Russell Westbrook. With Westbrook and Harden likely to absorb most of the minutes at two backcourt spots, Gordon could end up seeing a good portion of his playing time at small forward during the upcoming campaign. While that not ideal for defensive purposes, Gordon should continue to garner plenty of open looks from distance when playing alongside either or both of Harden and Westbrook.
News: Tucker suffered an ankle injury and withdrew from USA Basketball on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's unclear whether or not Tucker's injury is a serious one or not, but the veteran sees no reason to continue on with USA Basketball and risk further damage. Tucker will now have his sights set on being healthy for the start of Rockets training camp.
News: Chiozza was waived by the Rockets on Tuesday, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Chiozza spent most of his time in the G League last season, but appeared in seven games with the Rockets, totaling six points, four assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block in 33 minutes. He played in the 2019 summer league with Houston as well, but he didn't impress enough to earn a final roster spot.
News: Davis was waived by the Rockets on Tuesday, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Davis was claimed off waivers by Houston in mid-June after being waived by Atlanta. It seems the Rockets have confidence in their center depth with Clint Capela, Tyson Chandler and Isaiah Hartenstein.
News: Westbrook (finger/knee) said Friday that he'll be ready for training camp, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Westbrook underwent surgery on both his finger and knee in early May, but neither were serious. He'll open training camp on a new team for the first time since drafted by the Thunder, and Westbrook will hope to gain chemistry early on with James Harden.
News: McLemore signed a partially guaranteed two-year contract with the Rockets on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It has been a tough few years for McLemore since the former Kansas standout was a lottery pick back, and he played in just 19 games over the course of the 2018-19 season. However, while it was in limited action, McLemore did shoot 41.5 percent with Sacramento last season, which was by far the highest mark of his career. Under a partially guaranteed deal, he will most likely have to earn his way onto the Rockets' final roster during training camp and preseason.
News: Bennett agreed to a non-guarenteed deal with the Rockets on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bennett was notoriously drafted No. 1 overall by the Cavaliers in 2013. He ultimately failed to provide much of anything on the court and bounced around between four teams during his four seasons in the league. However, his pursuit of an NBA career has continued since in the G League. He averaged 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.1 triples, and 0.9 steals across 20.9 minutes per game last season for the Agua Caliente Clippers. Most notably, he shot 45.3 percent from beyond the arc on 4.7 attempts per game, which likely caught general manager Daryl Morey's eye.
News: Chandler has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rockets, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
Impact: With Nene declining his player option and testing free agency, the Rockets were effectively without a backup center for the 2019-20 season. Signing Chandler has cleared that up. Though Chandler will be entering his age 37 season, his 7-foot-1 frame and solid athleticism will make him a lob target for James Harden and Russell Westbrook -- something that Nene hasn't been able to do. Chandler hasn't played more than 66 games since the 2014-15 campaign, but he's remained a quality player when available. Over the past three seasons (148 games, 98 starts), Chandler has averaged 5.9 points and 8.5 rebounds in 22.5 minutes.
News: Williams delivered 13 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and six rebounds across 26 minutes during the Rockets' 87-78 win over the Jazz in a Las Vegas Summer League game Thursday.
Impact: Williams stepped up with his best performance in summer league play, tying Gary Clark for second on the team in scoring for the night. The big man turned down a qualifying offer from the Lakers and joined the Rockets in Las Vegas, where he's trying to build a case for a chance to continue battling for a frontcourt rotation spot in the coming season.
News: Chiozza poured in 12 points (4-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and added five assists, three rebounds and one steal across 27 minutes during the Rockets' 87-78 win over the Jazz in a Las Vegas Summer League game
Impact: Chiozza had limited opportunity to make an impression during his rookie season while averaging just 4.7 minutes over seven games, although he did stand out in 47 games of G League action by shooting 40.7 percent from three-point range over 33 contests. Chiozza has made good use of a much more extended opportunity in Las Vegas, averaging 8.5 points (on 52.0 percent shooting), 6.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals across 28.5 minutes over four games. Chiozza is a likely training camp invitee, where he'd have a chance to continue making a case to stick in the backcourt rotation.
News: Clark tallied 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-9 3Pt), four rebounds, four steals and three assists across 25 minutes in Thursday's 87-78 win over the Jazz in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: Clark spent most of last season in the G-LEague but was called up sporadically to join the Rockets' rotation. While tonight's stat line was encouraging for 6-8 Cincinnati product, he'll need to outpace the other backcourt candidates to gain a seat on the Rockets' bench.
News: Clemons totaled 19 points (6-16 FG, 3-12 3Pt, 4-6 FT), five rebounds three assists and a steal across 30 minutes in Thursday's 87-78 win over the Jazz in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: The undersized standout from Campbell continues to rain in points in the desert. The surprising acquisition of Russell Westbrook signals a paradigm shift in the Rockets backcourt, but the move favors Clemsons as a potential change-of-pace reserve player if he can keep things going throughout the summer.
News: The Rockets acquired Westbrook (finger) from the Thunder on Thursday in exchange for Chris Paul, two protected first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: In yet another blockbuster offseason move, Westbrook's wish of reuniting with James Harden will be granted, as the star point guard will move on to Houston less than a week after co-star Paul George was dealt to the Clippers. While slotting alongside perhaps the NBA's most dynamic offensive player, Westbrook will almost certainly have to sacrifice some usage, which could make it difficult for him to average a triple-double for a fourth consecutive season. After inking a five-year, $205 million contract extension with Oklahoma City in September 2017, Westbrook will be on the books for Houston through the 2022-23 campaign, when the point guard will hold a $47.06 million player option.
News: Hartenstein (ankle) will be shut down for the rest of summer league, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Hartenstein left Tuesday's matchup due to a right ankle injury, and although his MRI results have yet to be revealed, the Rockets have decided to proceed with caution. This will certainly hurt his case for a spot in Houston's rotation, though there's no reason to risk further injury in a slew of exhibition contests.
News: Hartenstein exited Tuesday's summer league game with a right ankle injury and will undergo an MRI, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Hartenstein landed on another player's foot and was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair. The 21-year-old was coming off a pair of strong performances after scoring 20 and 22 points in last weekend's two summer league games.
News: Clemons poured in 19 points (4-13 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 7-7 FT) and added two rebounds and four steals across 24 minutes during the Rockets' 97-87 loss to the Trail Blazers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Sunday.
Impact: That's two impressive offensive performances for Clemons to open summer league play, even as all his production came from behind the arc. Clemons' quartet of treys and perfect showing from the charity stripe led to a strong final line. The diminutive guard will look to continue making a strong impression in the desert in the hopes of securing an opportunity to continue making his case during training camp.
News: Hartenstein totaled 22 points (7-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 8-10 FT), six rebounds and two steals across 27 minutes during the Rockets' 97-87 loss to the Trail Blazers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Sunday.
Impact: The young center turned in an impressive effort for the second time in as many games in Vegas, as he's now hit the 20-point mark in each of his two contests in the desert. Hartenstein averaged just 7.9 minutes during his rookie 2018-19 campaign, but he could be in for at least a modest boost in that category during the coming season as a potential primary backup to Clint Capela.
News: Hartenstein notched 20 points (7-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 13 rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal across 30 minutes in Saturday's 110-81 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Hartenstein should be the Rockets' primary center during the Summer League. The 7-0 product from Germany bounced back and forth between the Rockets and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last season but was eventually sidelined with an Achilles injury that limited his production. The Rockets are very thin at the center position, and Hartenstein should end up on Houston's final roster this season.
News: Clemons produced 25 points (9-20 FG, 7-13 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot across 25 minutes in Saturday's 110-81 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Clemons could well end up as one of the Summer League's most intriguing players. At only 5-9, the diminutive guard out of Campbell destroyed records in the college ranks and possesses a deadly long-range stroke that was quite evident in Saturday's game. It remains to be seen if he can overcome his height disadvantage and make the leap to the NBA, but he figures to be a fun player to watch this summer.
News: Ponds and the Rockets have agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract, Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net reports.
Impact: Ponds, one of the top scorers in the NCAA last season, previously decided to join summer league with the Rockets. It appears Houston is interested in having him around for longer.
News: Clemons will play in summer league.
Impact: Clemons will venture to summer league as part of the Rockets' squad. He averaged 30.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals last year for Cambell.
News: McDowell-White will play in summer league which begins Friday.
Impact: McDowell-White will represent Houston in the 2019 summer league. He played overseas last year, averaging 10.4 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 23.3 minutes per game for the Baunach Young Pikes of the German Pro A league.
News: Rivers and the Rockets agreed to terms Monday on a two-year contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Rivers has been maligned throughout his NBA career, but he gave the Rockets some positive minutes after signing on midway through last season. Even so, Rivers likely won't be much of a fantasy consideration given his shaky percentages and relative lack of non-scoring stats.
News: House and the Rockets have agreed to a three-year, $11.1 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Amid the flood of bigger-name signings, the Rockets have quietly locked up House, a former Texas A&M standout who previously spent time in Washington and Phoenix. House emerged as a valued role player in 39 games last season, averaging 9.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 25.1 minutes per contest.
News: Green will re-sign with the Rockets on a one-year deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Green ha made plenty of stops throughout his NBA career, but he seems to have found a home in Houston, as he'll return for a third season with the Rockets. Green appeared in 73 games last season, averaging 9.2 points in 20.2 minutes per game off the bench.
News: Hilario will decline his $3.8 million player option and become a free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Hilario has spent the past three seasons as a reserve center for the Rockets, though his role has declined due to age. He appeared in just 42 games last season, seeing 13.0 minutes. Still, he's proven to be a quality veteran presence who can be productive when he's out on the court.
News: The Rockets extended House a qualifying offer Saturday, Kelly Iko of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected, House will become a restricted free agent this summer, enabling Houston to match any offer he might receive on the market. The third-year wing averaged 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 triples in 25.1 minutes per contest in 2018-19.
News: The Rockets are expected to extend House a qualifying offer in the coming days, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Thus far, Houston has held off on the move, but Feigen reports that the offer should come before free agency begins on June 30. Assuming that's the case, House will become a restricted free agency, so the Rockets will have the ability to match any offer he receives on the open market.
News: McDowell-White has signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Rockets, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Impact: McDowell-White played one game at Fresno State during the 2016-17 campaign, but then he ended up going overseas. Last season, he saw his most run with the Baunach Young Pikes of the German Pro A league. There, he appeared in seven games, drawing four starts and averaging 10.4 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 23.3 minutes.
News: Clemons has agreed to a contract with the Rockets, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 5-foot-9 guard out of Campbell is the third all-time leading scorer in Division I college basketball. Last season, he averaged 30.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals across 36.6 minutes.
News: General manager Daryl Morey emphasized that Paul has not requested a trade from the Rockets, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reports. "Tweet that I said that. Print it. Tweet it twice."
Impact: Whether or not a trade demand has been made by Paul, reports have been circulating that Houston's team chemistry has reached a low point, especially between Paul and Harden. While Morey has refuted the trade demand, it's certainly possible Paul gets dealt before the 2019-20 season begins.
News: Paul has demanded a trade from the Rockets, Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Rumors have been circling all summer of the Rockets potentially dealing Paul and his lucrative contract, but it looks like Paul's relationship with superstar teammate James Harden and Houston is damaged beyond repair. Paul is certainly still capable of playing at a productive level when healthy, but the 34-year-old is still owed over $123 million over the next three years, making his contract tough to move. If his relationship with Houston really is this bad at this point, it's hard to envision the Rockets getting good value out of a trade involving Paul, especially because of how many future draft picks they have already used in other trades.