The Houston Rockets already have one of the best rosters in the NBA. However, they might look to add some more depth to their bench in case of injuries.
The NBA deadline is Feb. 8, so there will probably be a lot of moves between now and then. We’ve already heard a ton of trade rumors, many of which won’t go through. And there will probably be another surprising trade that comes out of nowhere, just like the Clippers and Pistons deal involving Blake Griffin.
The Rockets are one of the most stacked teams in the league, as their top 10 guys or so are as talented as any other squad. When Houston’s starting five plays, the Rockets have a 16-1 record. However, that’s both a positive and a negative.
It’s great that Houston is nearly undefeated at full strength, but the problem is that the entire starting unit has only played in 17 of Houston’s 51 games.
Houston doesn’t need to land any big stars, but it wouldn’t hurt to add some more depth for injury insurance. Unfortunately, the Rockets don’t have a lot of tradable players, and they’re short on draft picks after dealing their 2018 first-round pick to acquire Chris Paul.
Don’t expect a big move before the trade deadline
Daryl Morey said that he doesn’t expect to make any big moves, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
“It’s going to be hard to do anything. When our guys are healthy, we have lost (once.) Obviously, my job is my job. I’m pretty cognizant I have something special right now.”
As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Indeed, the Rockets do have a pretty special team, and this current squad is one of the most talented in franchise history.
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Although, when either James Harden or Chris Paul is injured, it’s a real blow to the team. It would be hard for any team to play efficiently without a point guard on the floor, and Houston’s offense isn’t the same without either Harden or Paul directing the ship.
According to Jonathan Feigen, the Rockets would like to add another point guard to the roster. Although, that player would not be apart of the normal rotation and would only play if Houston was shorthanded.
It would be surprising to see the Rockets make a major move before Feb. 8. Hopefully they can find a third point guard to take the pressure off of Harden or Paul when the injury bug hits.