Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
There’s no question that the Houston Rockets are James Harden’s team. He is now the face of the franchise and will be for years to come. He solidified this notion after being named to the NBA All-Star game. But is there another untouchable player on the Rockets roster?
The simple answer to that question is no. Any player other than Harden is up for grabs for the right price. The player least likely to be traded is Chandler Parsons due his contract. He is making less than $1 million a year for the next three years. I’m sure the Rockets would let go of him only for a superstar caliber player.
Omer Asik has been great so far for Houston. He’s definitely in the running for the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year award. But don’t be fooled. If the Los Angeles Lakers decide to break up their roster after an awful start to their season Dwight Howard will be one of the first players to go and the Rockets will be first in line to take a crack at landing the big man. Asik is great but he is definitely no Dwight Howard.
Jeremy Lin has been nothing but a disappointment so far. He is a completely different player from his New York Knicks days. Even though his popularity is still fairly big I can almost guarantee you the Rockets would unload Lin and his three-year, $25 million contract on anyone who would take it at this point, especially if they can get value back.
The Rockets dealt Jeremy Lamb before the season even started. Don’t think for one second they wouldn’t include Terrence Jones, Royce White or Donatas Motiejunas in a deal that intrigued them. Even without these guys they would remain one of the youngest teams in the league.
Houston’s new motto is to compete at a high level while also remaining young with their core players. It’s no secret they would love to get a post-up big man who could also spread the floor. Maybe the Rockets don’t make another big splash before the deadline like everyone expects them to. Or maybe they do. You never know when Daryl Morey is running the show.