Rockets Rumors: Green, Tucker, Nwaba, Coaching Search

Former Rockets swingman Gerald Green, who missed the entire 2019/20 season due to a broken foot, is training privately in Houston and is hoping to eventually reunite with the Rockets, league sources tell Kelly Iko of The Athletic.

Green, 34, began the ’19/20 campaign with the Rockets, but didn’t suit up for any games, having undergone foot surgery on October before he was eventually traded and waived in February. A July report indicated that Green has since recovered from that procedure and received medical clearance, but decided not to seek a new deal until the fall for family reasons, including the expected birth of his child in August.

Green has signed three consecutive minimum-salary contracts with Houston since 2017, so it seems safe to assume that the team would remain interested in bringing him back at that price as long as he’s fully healthy and there’s a roster spot available.

Here’s more on the Rockets:

  • P.J. Tucker is still hoping to reach an agreement with the Rockets on a new contract that would extend his current deal beyond 2020/21, according to Iko. Both sides are believed to be “on the same page” when it comes to wanting Tucker in Houston beyond next season, says Iko. Because Tucker is earning below the NBA’s estimated average salary in ’20/21, his starting salary on an extension wouldn’t be able to exceed about $11.5MM for ’21/22.
  • Within his same story for The Athletic, Iko cites a source who says David Nwaba “looks good” as he continues to rehab his Achilles injury in the hopes of getting healthy for the start of the 2020/21 season. Nwaba is being viewed internally as a “key rotational piece” for next season, Iko adds.
  • Following up on a Wednesday report, Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle says that David Vanterpool‘s interview for the Rockets’ head coaching job will actually take place on Friday.
  • Feigen confirms that Kenny Atkinson, Wes Unseld Jr., and Stephen Silas have interviewed for the position so far, with meetings still to come for Vanterpool, Tyronn Lue, and John Lucas. The early interviewees have been “impressive” but there’s no clear frontrunner yet, according to Feigen, who adds that Jeff Van Gundy and other potential candidates could still end up meeting with Houston about the job.
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6 thoughts on “Rockets Rumors: Green, Tucker, Nwaba, Coaching Search

  1. Sillivan

    For coach JVG is a safe pick

    If I were not a star I’d like to play for former nba big man like Brand or Divac
    I hope I can sign a big contract

  2. C-Daddy

    We wouldn’t even be talking about a coaching search if Danuel House, the GOAT, hadn’t been unfairly removed from the bubble. Instead, we’d probably be watching Mike D’Antoni and the Rockets triumphantly hoisting the Larry OB.

    • x%sure

      Is that a joke? I’ve been told the ho and the dog could have triggered infections. Did she come from inside the bubble?

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        It’s a very poor attempt at a joke, but the Rockets record with House in the lineup is substantially better than it is without him. Obviously the Lakers got lucky at the right time just like last year’s champs did with injuries to KD and Klay.

  3. illowa

    Didnt know stephen silas was paul silas’ son. Definitely been around the game since he was born.

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