Dwight Howard is signed, sealed and delivered and the city of Houston is throwing a party. The immediate future of the Rockets looks extremely bright.
In the latest edition of the ClutchFans Podcast, Dave Hardisty, Lance Thompson and Andrew Stewart talk about the big event, how we got here, what Dwight does for the Rockets, the future for Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin and one very interesting rumor picked up after the press conference about the Rockets and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Podcast: Steven Adams, Mikal Bridges and Trade Possibilities for the Rockets
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.
On the KPJ trade and future of the Rockets
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.
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
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
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.
- 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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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
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