Daryl Morey is convinced that there is a certain key to winning.
That key is having members of the perennial Gold medal winning Team USA Basketball on the Rockets. According to the Houston Chronicle, Morey said, “Not only do you need the USA Basketball team members to win games, you need them to go get and convince P.J. Tucker to take less money than other teams are offering.”
Houston already has two key members of that team: James Harden and Chris Paul of course. Now, as Morey looks to bolster the roster even more, will he try to add another USA star? There is one in particular that has been in all the rumors lately.
Carmelo Anthony is a key member of the Team USA Basketball squad. When he is helping the team win gold medals, Melo is at his absolute best. He plays more off the ball and is a fantastic catch-and-shoot player for the team.
He would fit right into the Rockets and help them win if he wants to have a playing style similar to Team USA. Can Mike D’Antoni convince Melo to do just that? Let’s just focus on acquiring the All-Star first.
Why Team USA Members Help
There is a good amount of chemistry required to play on Team USA. Having three+ players that play together nearly year round at times would be great for the franchise. The more the players play together, the better the Rockets will be. There is also a level of unselfishness that goes into playing on Team USA. Can the Rockets implement in that kind of playstyle?
What if Melo Doesn’t Pan Out?
If a Carmelo Anthony deal does not happen, who are some other options for a Team USA reunion in Houston? The last time Harden played with the team was in 2014. Some (realistic) options that were on that squad are Kenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee. While Plumlee is likely not in the interest of the Rockets, Faried might be. He is a good rebounder and energy player that could be acquired for possibly cheap from Denver.
With Paul Millsap joining Nuggets, teams are calling about Kenneth Faried. Denver has shopped him before; don't be surprised if he's moved.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 5, 2017
A pipedream option for the Rockets could be another Team USA member, Andre Drummond. He has supposedly been shopped in the past, but would the Rockets be willing to pull the trigger on him?