Rockets 111, Timberwolves 121 - Break Time

By Forrest Walker on February 13, 2019

The Houston Rockets have finally crawled into the All-Star break. They would have preferred to do it with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, and they would have preferred to have the whole team healthy. Unfortunately for them, they'll have to settle for a chance to regroup and recoup for the next seven days, and put this loss behind them.

Report: Rockets Trade James Ennis to Philadelphia 76ers

By Matthew Cardenas on February 7, 2019

Hey, we are getting more activity from the Rockets as the trade deadline is just hours away! There have now been two trades for the Rockets in less than 24 hours. Iman Shumpert was shipped to Houston Wednesday night while Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss were shipped to Cleveland. Another play is now on their way out of Houston.

Shams Charania of The Athletic has reported that the Rockets have traded James Ennis to the Philadelphia 76ers. In return, the Rockets were given the rights to a 2021 second-round draft pick. This is the second trade both the 76ers and Rockets have made as the deadline nears, with the 76ers giving the NBA world a shock by acquiring Tobias Harris.

Report: Rockets acquire Shumpert, Stauskas, and Baldwin in Three-Team Trade

You just knew that the Houston Rockets weren't going to remain silent with the trade deadline less than 24 hours away. Some wing depth has been added as the Rockets have acquired Iman Shumpert, Nik Stauskas, and Wade Baldwin, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

This will be a three-team trade between the Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers. As a result of this deal, the Rockets will be acquiring Shumpert and sending Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and a 2019 lottery protected first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Also, Alec Burks and a second round pick will be sent to Sacramento.

It was inevitable that Knight and Chriss were going to be traded. Neither had panned out in Houston and Chriss recently requested a trade from the organization. While there was some optimism Knight could bring some guard depth to Houston following a knee injury, it simply did not happen. With there being much less pressure to produce in Cleveland, it could be a better situation for both Chriss and Knight.

This trade also makes sense from a salary cap standpoint. Houston will dodge the luxury tax and save future money with Knight's contract off the books. Shumpert, Stauskas, and Baldwin are all currently on expiring deals worth $11 million, $1.6 million, and $1.5 million, respectively. With most of the money centered around James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela, acquiring key role players at a low value is a priority for General Manager Daryl Morey.

The Rockets will be the fourth stop of Shumpert's career. His previous stints have been with the New York Knicks, the Cavaliers and, obviously, the Kings. Shumpert was a key role player on the Cavaliers' championship squad from 2016, and he has had somewhat of a revival with the Kings by taking advantage of an increased role. He's currently shooting 36.6% from the arc on 4.8 attempts per game, and he has a defensive reputation that fits the 3-and-D type mold the Rockets covet.

Woj also reported that Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin will head to Houston as part of the deal. Both were recently traded to Cleveland as part of the Rodney Hood deal, and it's currently unclear how they'll fit in (if at all) with the Rockets.

Stay tuned to Red Nation Hoops for trade deadline updates.

Ep. 101: Trade Deadline Preview

Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops) and Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS) preview Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline for the Houston Rockets.

0:00 to 16:45 - General NBA madness talk (AD, Porzingis, etc..)
16:45 to 46:17 - Previewing Houston's trade deadline

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Rockets 116, Pelicans 121 - Nothing of Value

By Forrest Walker on January 29, 2019

Tonight's Houston Rockets were bad. Maybe a different Rockets team can show up in future, but the team they are at this exact moment is, in fact, just as bad as the team that lost the first game of the season to the New Orleans Pelicans, and probably worse. This version of the Pelicans was missing Anthony Davis, who just demanded a trade, as well as four more of their top six players (Elfrid Payton, Nikola Mirotic, Julius Randle and E'twuan Moore, if you're curious). As abysmal as the first game of the season was, this was worse.

This was worse.

Ep. 100: Special Guest Matt Moore (@HPbasketball)

Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops), Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS), and special guest Matt Moore (@HPbasketball) of the @ActionNetworkHD break down the Kenneth Faried signing, Chris Paul's impending return, the outlook of the Houston Rockets, and predict what will happen at the trade deadline + playoffs for the Rockets.

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Rockets 114, Knicks 110 - Necessary Excellence

By Forrest Walker on January 23, 2019

James Harden is the most valuable player in the NBA. In a January meeting with the frankly execrable New York Knicks, the Houston Rockets needed him to score 61 points to eke out a win. Whether this is a referendum on how hurt the Rockets are (it is), their lack of supporting talent (it is), or just a terrible run of bad luck (it's this, too), it's indisputable that James Harden is the most necessary player in the league right now, and he certainly looks like the best as well. Since he declared his intention to retain the MVP award this season, he's stepped up to every opportunity fate has cruelly obliged him with, and every bit of his excellence is absolutely necessary.