Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
According to reports the Houston Rockets are ‘highly’ interested in power forward Paul Millsap of the Utah Jazz.
Some analysts have even stated that such a move would make the Rockets legitimate contenders in the Western Conference.
Millsap’s numbers have taken a bit of a dip this season but it’s mostly due to the fact that his role has changed. He’s averaging 15 points on 47% shooting, 7.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1 block in 30 minutes a game.
It’s no secret that the Jazz are moving in a different direction. They eventually want their starting frontcourt to be Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors who are both below 22 years old. They have a slew of young talent with a mixture of veteran leadership.
One thing the Rockets lack is veteran leadership. Millsap turns 28 next month and has been around for 6 seasons. He would not only feel that veteran leadership role but he would also lock up the starting power forward position without much competition.
It’s obvious to see that Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris are not becoming the players the Rockets hope they would be. Houston desperately needs an offensive post presence as Omer Asik is in the game for his defense. Patterson and Morris are jump shooters who do not rebound the ball well. Millsap can post up, shoot the jumper, rebound and play exceptional defense.
Millsap is not as flashy as Josh Smith but he definitely feels a hole in the Rockets lineup. The Jazz need help at point guard and would like some more young talent to add to their roster. The Rockets could offer the Jazz Toney Douglas and any of the four power forwards on their roster. I think the Jazz would be very much intrigued by this offer and would think long and hard about it.
Millsap is also in the final year of his contract. If he plays as well as I think he can they could resign him to a decent sized contract. If he doesn’t perform well the Rockets could let him walk and go after another power forward like Josh Smith in free agency.