It’s been a quiet few weeks in the news for the Houston Rockets. However, as a potential trade still looming for Clutch City. The Rockets may spend the rest of the summer in the rumor mill.
The NBA is two weeks away from the start of training, and analysts have already written the Houston Rockets off as a sub .500 team missing the playoffs.
While most critics claim that the lack of talent will play a huge factor in the Rockets downfall, there is a potential trade that could change Houston’s fortunes. According to Malcolm Hyde of Yibada, The Sacramento Kings have narrowed Rudy Gay’s trade offer to two potential destinations. The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder have emerged as front runners.
"The Houston Rockets were admittedly the team that was “most interested in Rudy Gay” according to . Gay fits well with Coach Mike D’Antoni’s system. However, the Rockets’ don’t have much to offer, especially at the point guard front. Corey Brewer may be the only trade piece that they have and other teams could easily top that. The only way for the Rockets to get the Kings’ nod is if they agree to trade away Trevor Ariza. But since Ariza is a vital cog for the Rockets, that may be a tough call. Both teams are challenged at the point, although James Harden is usually the playmaker for the Rockets. This may open up the possibility that the Rockets would be willing to trade Patrick Beverley, but that is still an unlikely possibility. House of Houston"
As the Rockets try to acquire a potential all-star in Gay, the future is now for Clint Capela. Entering his third season, Chris Reichert of Upside Motor says Capela has the potential to become Houston’s next great big man.
"Capela is entering his third season with Houston and while he’s shown flashes of brilliance. His lack of experience still looms as a concern for a guy who the team will certainly rely heavily upon this year. The addition of Nene is underrated as the 33-year old vet will bring leadership, passing ability, solid post defense and the ability to pick-and-pop with Harden. At this point in his development, Capela is void of those skills and Nene will fill that role well."
From a player who has the potential to become an all-time great, to a Rockets legend. It’s been one memorable summer to remember for Yao Ming. Following his induction into the Hall-of-Fame, the celebration of Yao’s career continues. According to Alex Del Barrio of Sportsradio 610, the Rockets will retire Yao’s number 11 jersey in honor of his recent enshrinement.
"According to multiple Chinese media reports. The Houston Rockets will retire number 11 to honor former center and recently enshrined Basketball Hall of Famer Yao Ming during the 2016-17 season. According to the report, Houston plans to the ceremony close to the Chinese Lunar New Year which will be near the end of January 2017. hold"