Rockets Notes: Harden, Westbrook, Diop, Caboclo, Green

The Rockets are likely to start training camp and the regular season with James Harden and Russell Westbrook on the roster, Adrian Wojnarowski said on ESPN’s SportsCenter (video link). Houston has not engaged on trade talks involving Harden. The team has tried to find a taker for Westbrook but his contract, which has three years and $132.5MM remaining, makes it very difficult. “That’s not an easy trade to make,” Wojnarowski said.

We have more on the Rockets:

  • DeSagana Diop has joined Stephen Silas’ coaching staff, Tim MacMahon of ESPN tweets. Diop, who appeared in over 600 games as an NBA player, had been a Jazz assistant coach the last four years.
  • The Rockets’ front office would like to re-sign free agent big man Bruno Caboclo, according to The Athletic’s Kelly Iko. Caboclo, 24, was dealt from Memphis to Houston at the trade deadline in February, but didn’t see much action after joining the Rockets. He appeared in just eight regular-season games and made two postseason cameos.
  • Gerald Green remains hopeful the Rockets will re-sign him, Mark Berman of KRIV tweets. “Everybody knows how much I feel about this city and what this city feels for me,” Green said. The veteran swingman missed the entire 2019/20 season due to a broken foot and has been training privately in Houston.
  • ICYMI, Sterling Brown agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockets on Sunday.
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26 thoughts on “Rockets Notes: Harden, Westbrook, Diop, Caboclo, Green

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    There are probably just two roster spots left for the Rockets to fill, assuming they start the season with 14 players. Caboclo and Green could fill them.

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        Just like Boogie Cousins who will be one of the top backup centers in the NBA next season. It’s great how people said he would be so amazing with the Warriors and Lakers, but now that he’s putting on a Rockets uniform he’s suddenly going to be nothing but garbage and his new team will struggle just to make the playoffs.

        • whoneedsfacts

          The Cousins signing could be useless as it has been for those past teams, but if he is even 70% it could be a huge difference maker for them. They won’t win a chip, but conference finals could be a best case scenario and let’s be honest anything can happen. Your delusion is that instead of celebrating the good you just act like everything is perfect and that’s impossible for any team especially one that just lost its head coach president and both of its best players want out because they don’t believe they are on a contender. It’s okay to admit Russ and Harden are ass holes, they are, and their selfish play is one of the biggest issues.

          • harden-westbrook-mvps

            So now that Westbrook no longer chases triple-doubles every single night and plays team basketball instead of just stuffing his stat sheet he’s still the same selfish player he was in OKC? Got it.

            • whoneedsfacts

              I’m an OG Russ fan, he is a really good dude and he balls. When KD left, that season he showed how hard he will play, but since then it’s obvious that what he does best is Stat stuff, he just isn’t great at real teaming winning basketball.

              • whoneedsfacts

                To be clear they are still ass holes. Their play is the problem, but they blame everything around them. Harden ruined the Rockets assets by forcing trade after trade when none of it meant anything when the ball is in his hand 40% of the time. Russ also likes the ball nearly 40% of the game that leaves almost no time to run a real defense and all that hero ball leaves them with no time or energy to defend.

        • Yup let’s just ignore the fact that Boogie has torn his achilles, quad, and ACL in the past three years. I mean Boogie was decent for the Warriors when he was there, maybe not peak Cousins but a really solid player. And the hope for Boogie in LA is that with by playing with LeBron, who raises the floor of all of his teammates, and AD/Rondo who he got along great with in New Orleans that he would have a solid year…but he tore his ACL before we could see that experiment. But now coming off three big injuries in three consecutive seasons playing, we’ll have to see what type of shape he’s in and how motivated he is.

    • mcmillankmm

      Probably no sense to fill it this early on, unless they plan on resting Harden and Westbrook early on

  2. Sillivan

    Rumors say that Celtics are trying to trade Hayward to Hornets for 32 million TPE and then trade That TPE for Harden
    LOL

    • DrSeuss69

      celtics dont need harden..if that happens they should go after Drummond if he’s available..he would be a solid Center with Thompson as backup or could play the four

      Kemba
      Brown
      Tatum
      Thompson
      Drummond

      would be hard to beat

  3. Simmons>Russ

    Love how the Rockets had been building year after year after year and trying to get Harden the best supporting cast possible and then after CP3 failed in came Russ and everyone was talking it up so much and now look at it.
    Rockets now look like they are about to enter rebuild mode

  4. we should not forget that Huoston was scary last year without a big center,this year they got two , I think if james and Russ try their best and give Silas a chance they are gonna be great,winning one chip with Huoston will be worth more than three with the Nets

    • whoneedsfacts

      Now that’s a real point. Their best potential asset is their two stars can be significantly better if they feel like it, a center is a major upgrade though.

      • x%sure

        And take it personally, Boogie, when they keep scoring on you and not anyone else. Gosh the meanies won’t leave you alone.

  5. JSportsMan

    Is it just me or are the rockets a silent sleeper team all the sudden? Outside of the roco trade which needed to happen to sign Wood they’ve built a competitive, semi normal sized roster that can still stretch the floor from the Wood/Cousins at center spot. Still got that backcourt, gordonz house, mclemore n pj tucker

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