As free agency begins for the NBA, the Houston Rockets have been in the running for every potential big name in this year. The Rockets are considered to have the most potential in winning a championship next year and that alone is attractive to players in pursuit of a championship.
To start of the offseason, the Houston Rockets finally traded big man Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans. They traded him in exchange for a 2015 first round pick. Houston tried hard to deal Asik last season, but their asking price was reportedly too high. Getting a first-round pick while simultaneously dumping necessary salary is a win-win for Houston. Asik was due almost $15 million this year.
The other sore in the cap space is guard Jeremy Lin. Lin hasn’t been able to produce as the Rockets hoped and has developed into a decent sixth man coming off the bench. However, he is due $15 million this year and that is quite high for a sixth man. Especially when you’re trying to recruit some of this year’s top free agent prospects. According to NBA senior writer Howard Beck, the Rockets already have a Jeremy Lin deal lined up and ready to execute if they need the cap room to sign Carmelo Anthony or Lebron James.
Another player that has come into discussions is small forward Chandler Parsons. The Rockets declined Chandler Parsons’ player option in order to free up cap space. In doing so, they have the Lakers, Bulls, and Mavericks competing for him. It was also discussed that the Rockets may potentially end up in a sign-and-trade deal that sends Kevin Love to Houston and Parsons to Minnesota.
Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season. He is a restricted free agent; therefore, the Rockets will be able to match any offer Parsons receives around the league.
However, the Lakers, Bulls and Mavs could possibly overpay the 25-year-old forward in order to scare Houston away.
Either way, Parsons will turn out to be a winner after all of this. Rather than earning a little less than $1 million next year, he’ll likely get a big deal after a strong season.
Finally, a new player in discussions has been former Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry. The Rockets are meeting with Lowry in an attempt to convince him to leave the Toronto Raptors and return to Houston. If the Rockets are able to convince him to return to Houston, he would immediately make them a more attractive place for LeBron James.
Lowry has not had too much success in his previous history with the Rockets, but he is playing at a completely different level than he did back then. Playing alongside James Harden, Dwight Howard, and either Chandler Parsons, James, or even Carmelo Anthony might be very difficult for him to adjust to. He needs to have the basketball in his hands in order to play at his highest level, and that simply isn’t going to happen with all of those stars on the same team.
If the Rockets do end up getting him, it is very likely that there would be unhappiness from Lowry with him not having the ball in his hands and the number of shots that he wants.
Overall, this would be a very dangerous move for the Rockets to make. This type of move would likely be very attractive for James, but it could also disrupt any kind of chemistry that he could have with Harden and Howard. On the other hand, Lowry might be more than willing to take a step back as far as his offense goes in order to compete for a championship. It could either be an extremely good situation or extremely bad.