Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard doesn’t think the departure of Chandler Parsons will hurt the teams title hopes next season. “It won’t affect us at all,” Howard said Friday, according to the Associated Press. Parsons, a three-year starter in Houston, signed a three-year, $45 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
“We have myself and James,” Howard said. “We have the best center and the best two guard in the game on the same team. It’s on us.”
The Rockets lost Parsons, Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin and Omri Casspi this offseason, but did acquire veteran forward Trevor Ariza in a three-team trade. “He’ll go through a wall for you,” Howard said of Ariza. “Just to have soldiers on your team like that is great. We have that one-two punch with me and James. We’re filling out our roster with guys who are willing to go through that wall and doing whatever it takes to win.”
However, there’s one player that could not only boost their depth, but make them a darkhorse contender in Western Conference.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting that the Rockets could emerge as a suitor for Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe. The Suns have offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million contract, but the point guard wants a maximum five-year, $80 million deal, league sources said.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been mentioned as a team with interest in Bledsoe, and Sacramento and Houston, which recently traded away Jeremy Lin, could be in the market for a point guard.
In 2013, Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 assists so he is certainly worth a big contract, but Phoenix isn’t willing to pay him what he’s asking for. The Rockets are still looking to make one more big splash in free agency to finalize their roster, and the point guard position is their biggest need. The team has Patrick Beverley who saw starting time last season, but they traded Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers, and now need depth.
How bad has Houston’s offseason been? Put it this way. 29 teams have had better offseasons than the Rockets, and there are only 30 teams in the league.
Morey and company put all their eggs into one basket, and it backfired. Houston wanted to add a third, bonafide superstar to the fix to create a star-studded “Big 3″ of Harden/Howard and either LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. To clear the necessary cap space to add one of those two perennial All-Stars, the Rockets had to unload two significant pieces of last year’s rotation.
Right now, the Houston Rockets are a worse team than they were when the season ended. Isaiah Canaan isn’t Jeremy Lin. Joey Dorsey isn’t Omer Asik, and Trevor Ariza isn’t Chandler Parsons. In a loaded Western Conference where a number of the other playoff teams improved this offseason, this doesn’t bode well for Houston.
There isn’t a team in the NBA that is having a worse offseason than the Houston Rockets are right now.