There is reportedly a "good chance" that the Rockets will sign Turkish PF Furkan Aldemir next season.
Aldemir is an impressive rebounder and defender, but his offensive game remains very raw. He's 21 years old and averaged a mere 17 minutes per game for his Turkish team in 2012-13, and fantasy owners can safely assume he won't help their teams as a rookie.
Kevin McHale is believed to be "90 percent" likely to return as the Rockets' head coach next season.
"It's been a long year for me personally in a lot of ways," said McHale, who returned to the sidelines after the tragic death of his daughter Sasha in November. If McHale reverses course and steps away this summer, the Rockets are rumored to have interest in Stan Van Gundy.
James Harden said he'll definitely try to recruit free agents to join him in Houston this summer.
Of course, the big name out there is Dwight Howard, who has been linked to Houston if he declines to re-sign with the Lakers. When asked about joining the Rockets' chase for Howard, Harden apparently smiled and said "Maybe. Possibly." With players like Harden, Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons already in place, the Rockets should be a very intriguing destination this summer.
James Harden (strep throat) hit just 7-of-22 shots in Friday's 103-94 elimination loss to the Thunder in Game 6, finishing with 26 points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in 43 minutes.
Derek Fisher was able to cover him and that should tell folks all they need to know about how Harden felt. The Rockets played a solid brand of basketball this season and with a superstar in play they now need to build around him. Chandler Parsons scored 25 points with seven boards, Francisco Garcia stepped up with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Omer Asik went for 13 and 13 with a steal and two blocks in the loss.
Jeremy Lin (chest) played 13 minutes in Friday's Game 6 loss, scoring three points on 1-of-4 shooting with one rebound and one block.
Clearly Lin would have played more if he was at full strength, especially with Patrick Beverley (eight points, zero assists, 32 minutes) unable to get anything real going tonight. Lin exceeded many people's expectations this season, but at the same time he didn't blow them away.
Carlos Delfino (foot) is out for the rest of the playoffs.
Delfino has a bone fracture in his right foot and needs surgery. It's a severe blow to the Rockets' chances of coming back from an 0-3 hole to beat the Thunder. Delfino was one of the defenders coach Kevin McHale was using on Kevin Durant and he made 11 3-pointers in the first four games of the series. Francisco Garcia and Chandler Parsons are going to have to avoid foul trouble while guarding Durant.
Updating a previous item, Carlos Delfino (foot) did not take part in shootaround on Friday, and he'll be further examined before a decision on his availability is made.
Delfino was going for X-rays and evaluation on his sore foot on Thursday, so it's not a good sign that he wasn't on the floor. Even if Delfino does suit up, we'd expect very little production given that he's nowhere close to full strength.