The Rockets are looking for another player so they can make a run at the Warriors.
After trading for Chris Paul, the Rockets are not done quite yet. In order to compete with Golden State, the team probably needs at least one more star. That player should be 4-time All-Star Paul Millsap. He would be a great addition to a team that desperately needs another big man to pair with Clint Capela. There are two ways that Houston can get this deal done: through sign-and-trade or just a regular signing next month. Let’s look at why both of these options could make sense.
Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap and Kyle Lowry … four free agents Houston, according to league sources, plans to pursue in July,
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 21, 2017
Sign-and-trade for Paul Millsap
This option is the most viable one to me. In order to sign a talent like Millsap, the Rockets will need to get more cap space. That is why including someone like Ryan Anderson in a sign-and-trade for Millsap would be a good idea. It is possible that the Hawks would not want Ryan Anderson, though, as he is not a hot commodity this offseason. A third team might have to get involved if the Rockets want to sign-and-trade for the power forward.
The ability to get cap space and sign an All-Star at the same time would definitely help the Rockets in their attempt to become a great team. It has been rumored that this option is what the Rockets are trying to do, so we will have to wait and see what happens.
Sign Paul Millsap in Free Agency
Maybe a good option would be to sign Paul Millsap regularly through free agency. Tomorrow is the first day of the great event of the summer, so the Rockets might just have a meeting with him normally. The Rockets would have to clear the cap space beforehand with a team who might want Ryan Anderson if the Hawks do not. This move would be the next best thing to a sign-and-trade and would happen if Atlanta does not agree to the trade offers of the Rockets.
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Paul Millsap should want to join this team. The Rockets are willing to pay him a ton of money and he would help the team win. With Millsap, Houston would have four great defenders in the starting lineup (sorry, James). He also has the ability to stretch the floor and shoot the 3. A versatile defender and great offensive player to add to a James Harden and Chris Paul led team would be incredible. Hopefully, Clint Capela would not be in the trade talks for Millsap.