2016 ScheduleAll times ET

2016 Schedule
41-41, 4th in Southwest
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Howard a strange fit with Hawks on the surface (1:18)
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Broussard: Dwight was looking for a place he could be loved (1:00)

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets will meet with free agent power forward Ryan Anderson on Saturday according to a source. Rockets seeking a starting power forward who fits into coach Mike D'Antoni's offensive system.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Free agent forward Kent Bazemore has six more meetings planned according to a source. He met with Houston early Friday morning. After these meetings are completed, Bazemore is expected to finalize his decision.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Among some notables to the Rockets summer league roster is Michael Beasley, Gary Payton II, son of Gary Payton and 2015 first-round pick Sam Dekker, who didn't participate last year due to back problems. Rockets open summer league schedule July 8 against Atlanta in Las Vegas.

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Is Howard good enough to hold off on long-term deal? (1:12)
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Dwight Howard is playing a waiting game (0:53)

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston met with free agent guard/forward Kent Bazemore a source confirmed Friday morning. The source said the meeting was very good. ESPN's Zach Lowe reports Bazemore is seeking a contract that would pay him $19-20 million a season. In 75 games for the Atlanta Hawks, Bazemore averaged 11.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

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Will Dwight Howard receive $24M per season? (0:38)
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1dCalvin Watkins

Source: Howard seeks a $24M per season deal

Dwight Howard is expected to request a starting salary of $24 million per year when he starts his free-agency meetings with Atlanta and Boston, according to a source.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

When Dwight Howard starts having his free agent meetings on Friday he'll be seeking a contract starting at $24 million a season according to a source. Howard is expected to conduct his meetings in his hometown of Atlanta. Boston and Atlanta have secured the first meetings with the center. Portland and Charlotte have also expressed interest in Howard, who declined a player option with the Rockets at $23.2 million.

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Athletes are handshake champions (0:42)

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets have interest in free agent point guard Mike Conley but won't get a visit with him according to a source. Rockets remain confident in Patrick Beverley's abilities to run the point. The objective is to find a backup if Beverley remains the starter.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets have strong interest in free agent center Al Horford according to multiple sources. A visit between the parties is expected.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets presented a qualifying offer to restricted free agent forward Donatas Motiejunas on Thursday. Motiejunas appears to be in the Rockets long-term plans and he met with newly hired coach Mike D'Antoni this week. Motiejunas told ESPN he wants to remain with the Rockets beyond his one-year qualifying offer of $3.4 million. Motiejunas missed the first 20 games of this past season recovering from back surgery. Motiejunas did average 6.2 points during the season when he returned. Houston traded Motiejunas to the Detroit Pistons at the trade deadline but it was recinded when he failed his physical. The Rockets didn't extend a $3.5 million qualifying offer to forward Terrence Jones, battled health issues the majority of the season. In 50 games, Jones averaged 8.7 points and three rebounds per game. Jones didn't play the last 21 regular season games and missed the entire postseason. Jones said he spoke with then-coach J.B. Bickerstaff about his playing status but he remained on the bench.

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Teams with lots of money to spend

The Lakers have plenty of cap space to work with this summer, as do the 76ers and Nets. The Celtics, Magic, Mavericks and Rockets could also be poised to make noise on the market.

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2dZach Lowe

5 things to watch for in free agency

With the salary cap going through the roof and most teams having money to burn, the NBA's silly season -- which starts Friday -- will not disappoint.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Donatas Motiejunas, a restricted free agent, told ESPN he's willing to return to the Rockets. Houston is the first team he plans to meet with on July 1.

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Howard isn't worth max money

Dwight Howard seeks another max deal. Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi note that Superman's production has been declining for years and, at age 30, should continue to drop. Most overrated FAs (Insider)

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Rocket John Lucas is joining the coaching staff in charge of player development according to a source. Lucas was around the team last season helping guard Ty Lawson.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Oddsmakers evidently like the idea of Dwight Howard in Boston (via @BovadaLV):

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3dChris Broussard and Marc Stein

Sources: Hawks, Celtics secure Howard meetings

Dwight Howard, who became a free agent when he declined his player option with the Rockets, has granted meetings to the Hawks and Celtics, sources say.

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3dZach Lowe

Hill leads potential free-agent steals

Everyone knows who this year's biggest free-agent prizes are, but Solomon Hill and others make up a group of players who could turn into big bargains on the open market.

Team Stats

Points Per Game106.54th
Rebounds Per Game43.120th
Assists Per Game22.216th
Points Allowed106.425th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-164141.500
2014-155626.683
2013-145428.659
2012-134537.549
2011-123432.515

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