Houston Rockets

Report: Rockets signing four free agents, including Chris Walker

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The Rockets struck quickly after the NBA draft, reportedly agreeing to sign undrafted free agent Christian Wood.

Wood had first-round talent, though I can see why teams might have looked elsewhere. He’s not the headiest player.

A couple months later, Houston is again dipping into the pool of undrafted free agents.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

The Rockets are expected to sign guard Denzel Livingston from Incarnate Word and Waltrip High School, Remi Yusuf from Texas A&M-Kingsville and Dobie High School, power forward Chris Walker from Florida and guard Will Cummings of Temple.

Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders:

I suspect the other three will get identical deals.

Walker is the big name here. He was a top recruit who didn’t really develop at Florida. Maybe the Rockets can tap more of his potential. His athleticism is still impressive.

Livingston and Cummings also went undrafted this year.

Yusuf is a bit different. He’s 31 and has been playing overseas. It’s odd for a player his age to get/take a deal like this, though the optimistic spin is Houston likes his ability enough to pass on a younger player with more upside.

The Rockets have 13 players with guaranteed salaries plus Wood (hasn’t yet officially signed) and Montrezl Harrell (second-round pick who has yet to sign). So, there could be room for any of these four players to make the regular-season roster.

But I don’t think they’re good enough to make the cut. Most likely, they’re headed to Houston’s D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. All four are eligible to have their D-League rights assigned if they’re waived.

Nuggets mascot decks a kid with a late hit, gloats (video)


Rocky has taken plenty of abuse. Dikembe Mutombo taunted him, and Dwight Howard kicked him in the face.

The Nuggets mascot got his revenge during halftime of last night’s Denver Broncos-Arizona Cardinals preseason game โ€“ on a kid who’d already stepped out of bounds.

Brandon Armstrong does Manu Ginobili impression โ€” and Manu loves it


Brandon Armstrong, the master of NBA imitationsย (James Harden, Russell Westbrook, JaVale McGee and others) took on a new target:

Manu Ginobili.

And Ginobili loved it.

He’s not the first, Westbrook cracked up at his, too.

I can’t wait to see Armstrong try to do Shawn Marion’s jumper some day… oh wait, he’s done that.

Report: Free agent Glen Davis to have ankle surgery, out 2-3 months


The Clippers were reportedly thinking about bringing back free agent “Big Baby” Glen Davis just to have a little more depth along the front line โ€” DeAndre Jordan will start and Cole Aldrich backs him up, but one more big never hurts. Then the Clippers signed Chuck Hayes (to a non-guaranteed deal, but he has a real shot at the roster). They went another direction.

As for Davis, he’s not going to be playing for anyone as he is about to undergo surgery, something first reported by Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Even at the longer end of that recovery time, he gets back and is able to play sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. By then some team will be looking for a little depth along the front line and will bring him in for a look. Maybe.

I expect Davis will appear on an NBA roster this season because players get hurt and GMs turn to guys they know to fill in. But Davis’ days as a key bench player on an NBA roster are behind him. He’s a “break the glass in case of emergency” NBA big man at this point. But that likely gets him a couple more paydays.

Dwight Howard tried to take loaded gun through airport security, will not face charges


I’m not sure exactly how someone leaves a loaded Glock in their carry-on bag they send through an airport security screener, but that’s exactly what Dwight Howard said he did, according to police in Houston.

And while he got pulled aside for a while for it, he is not going to face any charges.

The incident happened at George Bush International Airport in Houston and TMZ was first with the story (which has since been confirmed by the Houston police department and the Rockets).

TMZ Sports has learned the NBA superstar was stopped at George Bush Airport in Houston on August 28th … when Dwight put his carry-on bag through the scanner, and a TSA agent noticed a LOADED GLOCK inside!!!

Law enforcement sources tell us … a further inspection revealed the gun — a Glock 26 9mm — was LOADED with one round in the chamber. We’re told Dwight said he simply forgot the gun was in the bag.

The Rockets released a statement saying they are aware of the incident and are gathering more information.

Because this is Texas โ€” a state with rather permissive gun laws โ€” Howard was allowed to give the gun to an associate who took it back to his house, then Howard boarded the plane, according to police. While the district attorney was called, no charges were pressed. This is not uncommon; few charges are filed in incidents where guns are found in security screenings in Houston, according to police.

Howard was fortunate not to do this in California or New York, where the laws are more restrictive. He has not yet commented on the incident.