For the second offseason in a row, the Rockets are said to be interested in a particular All-Star forward.
Paul George is someone who had a very interesting first season in Oklahoma City. He didn’t particularly fit well with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, causing the team to be eliminated in the first round by the Utah Jazz.
As such, rumors about his potential team for next season are flying around. The Los Angeles Lakers seem to be the most popular choice and one that George has said he is interested in joining.
Do not underestimate the ability of the Rockets to convince Paul George to join the Rockets, though. The cap space situation would be difficult to maneuver around, but Daryl Morey is a genius when it comes to manipulating it.
Kelly Iko of Rockets Wire on USA Today Sports was the one to report the interest in the All-Star.
Breaking: The #Rockets once again have interest in Paul George, but they’ll have to fend off competition from the Lakers—which multiple league sources say is his desired destination. https://t.co/XGfFA0nVZF
— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) May 30, 2018
His fit in Houston
Paul George was someone that the Rockets were interested in trading for last summer. Unfortunately, the Thunder came in and took him away.
This year, though, he is a free agent. While Houston might not have the most money to throw at him, they can entice him with the fact that they were one win away from the Finals.
He would fit perfectly in the Coach D’Antoni system and is an all-around upgrade from Trevor Ariza in every way. George is an elite shooter and defender, someone the Rockets could really use on their team.
He is someone who played more off-ball this last year with the Thunder. PG13 would likely be doing that again with James Harden and Chris Paul on the team. The real question is whether or not he would want to do that again.
The Rockets are looking to make big moves this summer as per usual. Will nabbing another All-Star like Paul George be one of those moves?