Houston Rockets Rumors
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is the latest marquee name to commit to attend the upcoming USA Basketball minicamp, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Howard, who had to withdraw from the 2012 Olympic team to undergo back surgery, has told USA Basketball officials he plans to attend the Aug. 11-13 gathering in Las Vegas to make known his availability for selection to the 2016 Olympic squad.
The Rockets are “close to an agreement” to bring back forward/center Chuck Hayes, Hayes’ agent Calvin Andrews said. Hayes met with Rockets coach Kevin McHale and much of the Rockets’ front office during a summer league game last week in Las Vegas when he was in town to coach an AAU team. The Rockets left thinking there could be a place on the roster before training camp, but with the trade of Ty Lawson moving four players, the Rockets and Hayes’ representatives moved close to a deal. “The trade opens some doors,” Andrews said. “We just have to hammer out some fine details.”
The Rockets also have an agreement to bring undrafted rookie Christian Wood to training camp, a person with knowledge of that deal said. That individual spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
Marc J. Spears: The Rockets have agreed to terms with free agent center Chuck Hayes on a one-year veteran’s minimum deal, sources told Yahoo Sports.