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Podcast: Talking NBA Draft and Houston Rockets’ Future

In sixteen years, we’ve never tried our hands at running a podcast, but with the NBA Draft just over a week away, we felt it might be a good medium to get some thoughts out there.

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In sixteen years, we’ve never tried our hands at running a podcast, but with the NBA Draft just over a week away, we felt it might be a good medium to get some thoughts out there.

BimaThug joins me to talk about the 2012 NBA Draft — who we like and don’t like for the Rockets at picks 14 and 16. We also talk about desirable trade-up targets, whether or not the Rockets have a long-term plan and ask if the 2012-13 season is make-or-break for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

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Armed with a bizarre fascination for Mario Elie and a deep love of the Houston Rockets, Dave Hardisty started ClutchFans in 1996 under the pen name “Clutch”.

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Podcast: Houston Rockets options with the #3 pick of the 2024 NBA Draft

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The offseason is now underway.

The forecast looks good for the Houston Rockets, but… there’s pressure as well this offseason because there are a handful of other West teams that might have rosier futures. Ime Udoka wants to win and win big. As we are about five weeks away from the NBA Draft, what are the Rockets looking to do this summer?

David Weiner joined Dave Hardisty on the ClutchFans podcast to discuss the Rockets shockingly landing the #3 pick and their options in this draft, including Reed Sheppard, Donovan Clingan, Zaccharie Risacher, Stephon Castle, Matas Buzelis and others. They also discuss the possibility of some big game hunting in Houston.


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Podcast: Steven Adams, Mikal Bridges and Trade Possibilities for the Rockets

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Houston Rockets Trade Deadline 2024

The Houston Rockets already made one deal, acquiring center Steven Adams from Memphis for a handful of second-round picks, but we still have several days left before this Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline.

Are more deals on the way?

Rumors of interest in Mikal Bridges have swirled, with the Rockets holding precious (and unprotected) first-round picks from Brooklyn. They also could use some help inside this season, which Adams can not provide. Shooting is always in demand.

David Weiner joined Dave Hardisty on the ClutchFans podcast to discuss the Adams trade, its impact on the Rockets in 2024-25 and beyond, the Mikal Bridges rumors, the Brooklyn picks, other trade possibilities and options for Rafael Stone moving forward. Also discussed is the play of Houston’s core 6 prospects: Amen Thompson, Cam Whitmore, Alperen Sengun, Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason and Jalen Green.


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On the KPJ trade and future of the Rockets

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The Houston Rockets are back to being a professional NBA team once again.

The Rockets finally ended the Kevin Porter Jr. era on Tuesday, coughing up two second-round picks in order to unload his contract to the Oklahoma City Thunder, getting back the contract of Victor Oladipo and third-year forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. The move puts an end to a long investment and very rocky tenure with KPJ.

David Weiner joined Dave Hardisty on the ClutchFans podcast to discuss the Porter Jr. Experiment, the price paid to move him, Houston’s potential trade options moving forward, the new culture and the current state of the Rockets young core.

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The Houston Rockets draft… JABARI SMITH JR!!!

Clutch & Bima get together to discuss yet another A+ NBA Draft for the Houston Rockets as they land Bari, Tari and TyTy

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What a draft night!

The Rockets came away with some incredible fortune last week as Auburn forward Jabari Smith Jr., who many felt was the #1 pick, fell to #3 and the rest is history. Jabari is now set as part of the future in Clutch City.

It wasn’t just Jabari that was the good fortune, either. The Rockets snagged LSU forward Tari Eason with the 17th pick and picked up Kentucky point guard TyTy Washington and a couple of second-round picks late in the draft.

Dave Hardisty (@clutchfans) and David Weiner (@bimathug) discuss on the podcast the 2022 NBA Draft and how the Rockets came away with Bari, Tari and TyTy — what looks like another impressive haul for Rockets GM Rafael Stone. They also discuss possible Eric Gordon trades and the state of the Rockets rebuild.

A huge shout out to all our supporters over the years. Thanks for subscribing to the pod!

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On the NBA Draft, the Christian Wood trade and — is Eric Gordon next?

With Draft Week here, Dave Hardisty and David Weiner discuss the Christian Wood trade and options they like for the Rockets at #3, #17 and #26 in the NBA Draft

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Rockets fans… it’s Draft Week!

The 2022 NBA Draft is this Thursday and for the second straight season, the Houston Rockets go into the draft with three first-round picks. After unofficially trading Christian Wood last week, the Rockets added pick #26 from Dallas to go with their own pick (#3) and the Brooklyn pick (#17).

With Wood out the door, many wonder if Eric Gordon is next. The 33-year old shooting guard could fit on just about any team in the league that’s trying to make the playoffs and beyond, but finding a salary and pick asset match is not an easy task.

David Weiner (ClutchFans | Twitter) joins me on the podcast we discuss a very big week for the Rockets:

  • The Christian Wood trade – what it means for Dallas and Houston
  • Rockets team “culture” — is Kevin Porter Jr. a problem?
  • Possibilities we see for Eric Gordon
  • The NBA Draft — is Paolo Banchero on the way?
  • Will the Rockets try to make moves or stay pat?
  • Who we like at picks #3, #17 and #26

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