Mike D’Antoni isn’t bothered by the fact that Daryl Morey decided not to make any trades Thursday. The Rockets are happy with the team that they have.
Daryl Morey has built a reputation for being an aggressive GM when it comes to making big moves. Morey traded for Lou Williams last season before the trade deadline and he also formulated a blockbuster trade for Chris Paul over the offseason. Although, the phones in the Rockets front office in this February were rather quiet.
This was the first year in Morey’s tenure as the Rockets GM that he did not make a trade at the deadline. To be honest, the Rockets didn’t really need to make a move.
At 40-13, the Rockets are off to their best 53-game start in franchise history and are just a half game behind the Warriors for the best record in the NBA. Morey decided against making a move simply because there weren’t any available players that would make Houston a stronger team, via the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.
“That was our primary, if not only objective. Given the very small pool of players that teams would be willing to give up that we feel could improve our team, you’re already down to a handful of players. It’s a very small universe. As I said, it was going to be very unlikely we would do something this year.”
As for Mike D’Antoni, he feels satisfied with the current Rockets squad, via Mark Berman of Fox 26.
“We got an answer for everything. Obviously, we’re pretty happy with what we got.”
A few days before the trade deadline, rumors surfaced that the Rockets were quietly shopping Ryan Anderson. Obviously, Houston didn’t find a favorable deal for Anderson. With the size of his contract, the other teams probably would have asked for additional assets in a deal involving Anderson.
Signing Gerald Green back in December answered Houston’s depth problem in the wake of injuries. Mike D’Antoni typically plays a tight nine-man rotation, and he’ll have to get creative to get more of his players some minutes once the Rockets are running at full health.
Expect Houston to be active in the buyout market, as they could sign an available point guard or center.