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Offseason: Some stars the Rockets should look to acquire

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 21: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket against James Harden #13 and Nene Hilario #42 of the Houston Rockets in Game Three of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated 121-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 21: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket against James Harden #13 and Nene Hilario #42 of the Houston Rockets in Game Three of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated 121-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 26: DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on during the game against the Houston Rockets on January 26, 2018 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 26: DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on during the game against the Houston Rockets on January 26, 2018 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Warriors were able to add yet another All-Star to their already-loaded squad. What can the Rockets do to level the playing field once more?

The Houston Rockets were so close to defeating the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals last season. They were one half away and one Chris Paul injury away from potentially taking them down.

In response to this close victory, the Warriors decided to go out and get another All-Star. They somehow convinced DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best centers in the league, to take the mid-level exception for a little more than $5 million.

Reportedly, no other teams were offering contracts for the injured Cousins. He is coming off of a torn Achilles, one of the worst, if not the worst, injuries you can get in basketball. Players that tear their Achilles hardly ever come back 100% the same.

Still, he is an instant upgrade for the Warriors from what they previously had at the center position. Worst case scenario for them is that he isn’t healthy and can’t contribute to the team. If that’s what happens, they still have four other All-Stars.

Rockets need to find another star

However, if DeMarcus Cousins is almost back to his normal self and fits well with the team, the Warriors will be unstoppable. The Rockets must find a deal for another star if they want to stay relevant next to the five-headed monster of Golden State.

Let’s look into a few possibilities to fill that role, shall we?

Next: Possibility No. 1

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