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Podcast: The James Harden Trade

As LeBron James would say, “It’s about damn time.” The Rockets pulled off their long-awaited major trade this week, landing James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and multiple draft picks. David Weiner (aka BimaThug) joins us on the podcast to discuss the Rockets’ shockingly-timed trade for The Beard.

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James Harden, at just 23 years old, brings some potential star power to the Houston Rockets

As LeBron James would say, “It’s about damn time.”

The Rockets pulled off their long-awaited major trade this week, landing James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and multiple draft picks. David Weiner (aka BimaThug) joins us on the podcast to discuss the Rockets’ shockingly-timed trade for The Beard.

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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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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.

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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

Thanks as always for listening and we appreciate everyone who has subscribed and left a review!

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Talking Rockets with Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen

The Houston Chronicle beat writer joins Dave Hardisty on the podcast to discuss 25+ years of covering Rockets basketball, plus what’s in store for the current squad

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When you think of writing and reporting of Houston Rockets basketball, you think of Jonathan Feigen.

The longtime beat reporter for the Houston Chronicle is the very best doing it today. He joined us to talk about his career covering the team and some of his favorite moments since he’s been on the beat (1998). We also touched on the topic of the NBA Draft lottery as Jonathan was in Chicago and was one of a select few witnesses in the drawing room as the Rockets came away with the 3rd pick.

Of course, we also talked about today’s Rockets, including:

  • The Rockets assistant coach vacancies
  • Do the Rockets need to create roster spots?
  • His experience witnessing the NBA lottery drawing live in Chicago
  • Paolo Banchero and his fit in Houston
  • Daishen Nix
  • Usman Garuba – how is he progressing?
  • Trade goals and opportunities this summer
  • The 2022 NBA Draft

Special thanks to Jonathan for taking the time to feed our hunger for Rockets news. You can follow all his coverage at the Houston Chronicle and on his Twitter account.

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Podcast: Is Paolo Banchero in Houston’s future?

Dave Hardisty and David Weiner discuss the lottery results and the options that the Rockets, holding the third and 17th picks, will have in the 2022 NBA Draft

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Recapping the Houston Rockets 2021 NBA Draft

Dave Hardisty and David Weiner go in depth on the podcast on how the Houston Rockets did in the 2021 NBA Draft

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What a night and what a draft!

For the first time since 2012, the Houston Rockets went in to the NBA Draft with multiple first-round picks (three to be exact), with many projecting they would unload at least one of them before the night was through. Instead, the Rockets made FOUR first-round picks, taking a 19-year old prospect with exciting potential with each selection.

Dave Hardisty graded the Rockets draft and gave his thoughts on each prospect and David Weiner broke down how Houston’s cap situation looks post-draft. With so much to digest, the two met to discuss on the podcast:

  • Jalen Green leading the future of the Houston Rockets
  • The shocking trade for Alperen Sengun
  • USMAN GARUBA!!!
  • Selecting Josh Christopher over Jaden Springer
  • Free agency and trade period set to begin
  • The Rockets roadmap to contention
  • The Russell Westbrook trade to the Lakers

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