Houston Rockets Rumors
The Rockets also hired John Lucas as the head of player development to work on weaknesses in Capela’s game, such as free throw shooting. Last season, Capela shot 38 percent from the line, so over the summer, Lucas said the 6-foot-10 center made 2,500 free throws a week. “The biggest thing is his confidence,” said Lucas, whom the Rockets took first overall in the 1976 draft. “This is going to be a process — he’s never been counted on like this; he had Dwight. He’s fighting here for his minutes, and he’s going to have to learn to play 30 to 35 minutes, but I expect if we continue to work with him, he will be an All-Star in a year or two at the most.”
Calvin Watkins: The Rockets signed forward PJ Hairston to a non guaranteed contract on Thursday according to a source. If Hairston doesn’t make the 15-man roster the Rockets will retain his D-League rights. Last season for Memphis, Hairston averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.