Oct 18, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
The great panel at Basketball Insiders turned their attention to which NBA player could complete the “Big Three” that Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey has been aggressively pursuing. The panel of five each had a different take, not surprisingly, and all five had interesting insights on which player makes the best fit.
Jessica Camerato simply felt Kevin McHale needs to be axed, and that sentiment has been growing in the comment sections here on Space City Scoop, as well.
Here’s a summation of each expert’s opinion on the matter (which can be seen in video form via the opening link):
Lang Greene: Josh Smith would excel in a fast-paced offense, stop hoisting threes and turn into a major threat in all transition plays. He also has a close relationship with Dwight Howard.
Jessica Camerato: The change needs to occur with coaching. Kevin McHale isn’t the man to help the Rockets move forward.
Steve Kyler: Daryl Morey has made it known he wants a true third star, and Kyler feels that the best route may be trading for one. Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons can veto any trade, but he seems like a good target according to Kyler. His ability to play both the 4 and 5-spots make him a valuable cog for the Rockets.
Joel Brigham: The Rockets still have a chance to go after the Big Three they want, and Rajon Rondo seems like a guy who should be available, despite Danny Ainge’s insistence that he’s there to stay. Morey and Ainge are former colleagues, so the discussion could begin and it would give the Rockets a dominant point guard and instantly give the Rockets an elite backcourt.
Apr 4, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) controls the ball during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Kennedy: Kennedy feels that Goran Dragic should be the pick. He’s a free agent after this season, and the Phoenix Suns have the depth to sacrifice Dragic if his contract demands are too high. The Suns may pay to keep Dragic, Kennedy says, but feels that his contract demands will make the difference.