Houston Rockets Update: Recent News and Rumors

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 11: A general view of Toyota Center before Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets during the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 11, 2017 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 11: A general view of Toyota Center before Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets during the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 11, 2017 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Some bits of news have come out recently about the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets have certainly had an active offseason, and it is sure to continue. There has been huge news and rumors, such as the Chris Paul trade and the Carmelo Anthony pursuit, and smaller news, like how impressive Troy Williams has played.

Let’s look at some of the smaller stuff, first:

Isaiah Taylor News

Mike D’Antoni had an interview yesterday during the Summer League game for the Rockets. During this interview, he said some interesting things about the team for this year. While one of them will come later in this post, he said something about Isaiah Taylor as well.

Coach D’Antoni said that Taylor will likely stay with the Rockets this season, rather than the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. This news is certainly good for Taylor, but also for the Rockets due to his incredible passing ability.

Mike D'Antoni, in his summer league interview, said Isaiah Taylor will likely stay with Rockets, rather than RGV next season.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 12, 2017

No news yet on Troy Williams, but he needs to be signed first before the Rockets decide on his future.

Clint Capela Playing for Team Africa

The NBA will hold their annual Africa Game on August 5, and one Rocket will be playing. Clint Capela has made the roster for Team Africa, as his parents are from Angola and Congo. He will join a roster highlighted by players Joel Embiid and Serge Ibaka.

Clint will a chance to show the world his ability in a fun and exciting exhibition game. Hopefully, this game is just the start of a dominating season for the Swiss big man.

CP3 Day

The other day it was announced that Chris Paul was going to get a press conference on Friday. This event is open to the public and free and the gates open at 1:30. They will be selling CP3 t-shirts and $1 hot dogs and nachos. Stay tuned to the Space City Scoop Twitter account for a live stream of the event from Toyota Center.

Friday is #CP3DAY!
➡️ Free @ToyotaCenter. Doors 1:30
➡️ Presser on scoreboard followed by @CP3 appearance.
➡️ Info: https://t.co/SYgDRZBS7Q pic.twitter.com/fTjLuoiyb6

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) July 11, 2017

Click on the link in the tweet above for more info!

General NBA News:

A couple of interesting changes happened to the NBA yesterday. While there are a decent amount of changes, the main ones have to do with timeouts. They are now 75 seconds no matter what and you can only use 2 in the last 3 minutes of the game.

The NBA season will also now begin on October 17, a couple of weeks earlier than normal. Jonathan Feigen reported that the Toyota Center has an event that night, so if the Rockets play on the 17th it will be an away game to begin the season.

The full list of changes can be found in this tweet:

Full rule changes from the NBA: pic.twitter.com/Y4G5qXmVdy

— Kevin Rashidi (@KevinRashidi) July 12, 2017

Bigger News: Carmelo Trade Getting Closer and Closer

As each day passes, it seems like Carmelo Anthony is closer to becoming a Rocket. From Carmelo wanting to be in Houston to news of that the deal is on the “two-yard line,” it’s only a matter of time before he is in Rockets red, right? Unless it becomes like the Chris Bo…you know what, nevermind.

Mike D’Antoni said something about a player the team might look to add. I wonder who he could be talking about?

MDA, asked if there's anyone to add to roster: "There's somebody out there." Stopped there. "I've blown enough money at the tables here.'

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 12, 2017

Also, Happy 713 Day, show some H-Town pride today.

More news about the Rockets comes out each and every day, so stay tuned to Space City Scoop to learn all about it!

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