The Houston Rockets are excited to see the pairing of James Harden and Chris Paul live on the court. The Rockets fans are excited to see what the superstar duo can do and the two veterans are excited as well.
“We did a lot of traveling, playing pickup games here and there and stuff like that, so you are antsy to actually get out there with the full crew and see what it looks like” Rockets guard Chris Paul said.
Houston general manager Daryl Morey also chimed in about the pairing of two of the NBA’s premier guards.
“They’ve been playing in gyms around the country and out of the country all summer,” Morey said.
“Just from my watching it, and Coach [Mike D’Antoni] has watched it even more than me, we’re 100 percent certain it’s going to work.”
“We have little things to work out, but again, both of them are very willing to do whatever it takes to be the best that we can be,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.
“Now we’ve just got to figure out what that is and keep improving on it all year.”
Harden is looking forward to the relief Paul will provide him, taking much of the pressure of Harden.
“It’s a relief,” Harden said about playing with Paul.
“But it’s not just anybody that I’m getting off the ball giving it to. I’m giving the ball to somebody that can do the same thing I can do even better.”
“I came here with one purpose, one goal in mind, and that’s to win a championship,” Paul said about joining Harden on the Rockets.
“And the cool part is being here with a guy like James that has those same aspirations.”
Rockets’ Clint Capela Confident He Will Have a Big Season
Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela is eyeing a big season in 2018-2019 and is hoping to elevate his game to the next level after signing a big contract with the Rockets this offseason, hoping for an All-Star caliber campaign.
Capela feels he was snubbed last season.
“It sucked,” Capela said, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. “I definitely think I should have been [this year], but I didn’t complain about it. It’s all about the consistency. By just doing the work that I do, for sure I’ll be an All-Star next year.”
Capela hopes to be the best center in the NBA.
“Of course,” said Capela. “As a basketball player, I like to do it. Makes me feel good. So yeah, why not? You never say never. You like to expand your game, and I like to expand my game.”
Capela has been working hard this offseason, as he aims to get in the same shape as former teammate Dwight Howard.
“I’ve been working on that [strength] so it helps,” Capela said. “Of course, getting stronger, more minutes, playing with the same guys helps. I’m just trying to stay engaged. I start off solely to stabilize and utilize to know what I’m doing before every game, what makes me and my body feel good. All of that helps me grow this year.”
“He was dominating,” Capela said of Howard. “He was always taking care of his body. Did his work, and went out there and just dominated. He was huge!”
Suns Land Ryan Anderson, De’Anthony Melton in trade with Rockets
The Phoenix Suns have acquired forward Ryan Anderson and guard De’Anthony Melton from the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Marquese Chriss and point guard Brandon Knight, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his $21 million salary in 2019-20 to $15.6 million to help facilitate a move out of Houston, who had been attempting to trade Anderson for two years due to his lofty salary.
Phoenix will have until July 10, 2019 to decide on guaranteeing the full amount for the final season of Anderson’s contract, and if they choose not to they can waive him and pay him his $15.6 million.
Chriss is the main piece heading to Houston. The Suns selected him with the 8th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft but Chriss has been a bust during his Suns tenure, often times looking out of place on the court and succumbing to a number of mental errors.
Chriss’ attitude has also become an issue and he had had trouble staying in shape, which motivated the Suns to move on from him despite trading for him on draft night.
Knight is expected to play backup to Rockets’ starting point guard Chris Paul.
Rockets Sign Bruno Caboclo
Caboclo became an unrestricted free agent when the Sacramento Kings, who acquired the 22-year old 6’9 forward via a trade with the Toronto Rapors, declined to extend him a qualifying offer in late June.
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