Despite reports that Durant isn’t interested in the Houston Rockets, the franchise hopes to meet with him to make their offer.
In today’s Daily Rocket Science, we’ll look at several different offseason scenarios, including both draft and free agent possibilities. The most important, of course, is the Kevin Durant situation, but the star forward isn’t the only player who could help the Houston Rockets to improve for next season.
Houston Rockets news and notes from around the web
ESPN reported just two days ago that Durant would not be interested in joining James Harden in Houston, but that won’t stop the Rockets from trying their best to change his mind, according to Bleacher Report’s Joseph Zucker.
"The Rockets have only a little less than $7.3 million available for the 2016-17 season, per , but and his roughly $23.3 million player option are likely coming off the books. In the event he leaves, Houston could potentially have enough to sign Durant. noted on May 31 the seven-time All-Star is in line to earn up to $25.9 million per year on his next deal. Spotrac Dwight Howard Stein"
Whether or not the Rockets are able to lure Durant to Houston or not, they will still have to add depth via the draft. Hoops Habit’s Aaron Ferguson provided insight on what every team should be looking for in the 2016 draft coming up.
"There won’t be a lot of big men prospects available for the Rockets when they are on the clock with their second round draft choices. A couple of centers that could be available at 37 and 43 are Louisville’s Christian Onuaku, UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman, Zhou Qi from China and Purdue’s A.J. Hammons."
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Fans don’t get much of a say in what the Rockets’ management does this summer, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their opinions. Space City Scoop editor Tamberlyn Richardson ran several polls via the site’s Twitter page that had to do with free agency, and reported on the results. It turns out that, if you think Al Horford should be the primary target for Houston, you’re siding with the majority.
"The fact took more than half the votes does signal the fans see the power forward position as a critical area to upgrade. Moreover, it seems you also feel is likely leaving and/or the 3 free agents currently positioned at power forward on the roster ( , and ) aren’t players you feel can offer the most at this position. Al Horford Dwight Howard Josh Smith Terrence Jones Donatas Motiejunas"
There will be plenty of story lines to follow throughout the summer, so stay tuned in to Space City Scoop for all your Rockets needs.
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