Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey plans to be ‘aggressive’ in free agency in order to get the franchise back to the Finals.
The Houston Rockets didn’t have a first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but they made the best of what they had. The Rockets took De’Anthony Melton in the second round with their 46th pick and they acquired the rights to 52nd pick Vince Edwards.
Now that the Draft is over, the NBA world’s focus shifts to the best part of the offseason, free agency.
After the draft, a reporter asked Daryl Morey what it would take to land LeBron James in free agency. Morey wisely dodged the question as to adhere to the league’s tampering rules, but mentioned that Houston would be ‘aggressive’ in free agency, via ABC Houston.
“All I can say is now we shift our focus to free agency. And the challenge of upgrading a very good team is not easy, so we’re going to have to be aggressive.”
The Rockets took Golden State to seven games in the Western Conference Finals, but an injury to Chris Paul‘s hamstring derailed their Finals hopes. Houston proved that they were a top two team, as evidenced by perhaps the most lopsided NBA Finals in the last decade.
It was always blatantly clear that the team that won the west was going to win the championship.
Now, the Rockets have to re-sign Chris Paul and Clint Capela and take another shot at a ring next year. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Chris Paul will likely return and he is focusing his efforts on recruiting LeBron James to Houston.
Currently, the Rockets don’t have the cap space to sign LeBron or any max player outright as a free agent. Daryl Morey and his staff will have to get creative in order to get enough cap space to sign another superstar player.
As we found out last summer with the trade for Chris Paul, the Rockets are going after the championship now. It would be surprising to see the same roster from last season return without any enhancements.