This summer has witnessed the Houston Rockets adding new talent with the goal of finding the right chemistry and erasing last season’s disappointments.
Neither goal transpired with Durant headed to the Bay Area (and not even giving the Rockets a chance to pitch) and Superman flew home. That led to the Rockets having to settle for plan B.
With the 2016-17 roster all but official, there may be one more move that could shake up the rotation. According to House of Houston writer Yoni Pollak, the Rockets are the most interested team in acquiring Rudy Gay.
"Now whether or not you choose to believe what he hears is your prerogative. However, this tweet got me thinking…maybe Rudy Gay isn’t such a bad idea for the Rockets? I’ll be honest and tell you that when co-editor Elliot , I turned a blind eye and didn’t bother entertaining such an idea. But yesterday when I read Kyler’s tweet I decided to think about it a bit more. wrote this piece about Gay and the Rockets"
Gay may no longer be the athletic swing man that made him a star with the Memphis Grizzlies, but over the years he has transformed into an all-around player.
Last season Gay averaged 18.2 points and 6.9 rebounds on 46.3 percent shooting from the field for the Sacramento Kings. So his consistent ability to score would give the Rockets another valuable score when on offense.
However, Gay’s biggest contribution to Houston would be on the defensive side of the ball. Throughout his career, he has been known for his ability as a perimeter defender, something the Rockets are in desperate need of.
If traded, Gay would not make Houston a top championship contender, but his presence on the court would help the Rockets be more than a sub .500 team. Something the Dream Shake‘s Darren Yuvan says ESPN has predicted next season.
"ESPN just released it’s , and not much has changed for the . ESPN has them once again finishing with a .500 record at 41 – 41, once again sneaking into the playoffs with an eighth seed and also once again meeting the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. Western Conference predictions for the upcoming NBA season Houston Rockets"
Houston may not finish in the top half of the Western Conference, but there is too much talent for the Rockets to go 41-41 for two straight seasons.
Like Yuvan said and I 100 percent agree. Expect the Rockets to win somewhere around 46-48 games and place fifth out west. Which would set them up with a 2014 first round match with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Regardless of the players preparing to put their Rockets jersey on for the first time, Houston MUST find a way to establish chemistry and build off of the disappointments of last season. According to Real GM Analysis Brett Kormenos, he may have the perfect formula for the Houston Rockets this season.
"Gordon and Anderson will certainly be key rotation cogs, but it will be interesting to see how exactly they fit. For Gordon, it will be interesting to see if he winds up in a super-sub role or perhaps supplanting Beverley as the nominal point guard (with Harden actually taking on those ball handling duties). There’s not doubt that Gordon will likely be finishing games somewhere in the lineup, but when he impacts it before that will be something to keep an eye on."
Although Houston is three months away from their season opener, expect big things from the Rockets next season!
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