A rumor has come out that the Rockets are interested in signing free agent guard/forward Carlos Delfino. If this is true it could signal the end to an athletes career as a Houston Rocket, such as Kevin Martin, Marcus Morris and possibly others. It could also mean the Rockets are still after a big fish, and would be willing to deal one or two young guys to land a superstar.
Delfino is a solid role player. I wouldn’t consider him a starter for Houston, but it looks like that’s not what the Rockets would want him to do. With the emergence of Chandler Parsons at the small forward spot and Jeremy Lamb impressing every basketball fan in the NBA Summer League, the Rockets will most likely want Delfino to have a platoon role as the backup to those guys.
Last season with the Milwaukee Bucks in 54 games played, he started 53 games and averaged 9 points on 40% shooting, 4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 28 minutes a game.
In all three seasons with the Bucks Carlos has been a starter. It looks like that is coming to an end, but he can still get some significant playing time with any team. He’s a seven-year veteran, but still only 29 years old. He could bring scoring off the bench and a lot of energy. Most of his shots come from deep, something that could help Jeremy Lin’s transition to the Houston Rockets be a lot smoother. Lin counted on Novak a lot in New York. Delfino could possibly fill that type of role with Houston.
Guys like Martin and Morris should already have their bags packed just in case, but if the Rockets sign Delfino they should go ahead and get a plane ticket out of town. Even young guys like Terrence Jones and Royce White might not be safe. The Rockets are still after guys like Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum. With Morey running the show a lot of things could happen. Or nothing at all.