The Houston Rockets are nearly fully healthy, but are missing one piece that the team needs to sign soon. When should it happen?
Let me preface this article that I am writing this is as a die-hard Houston Rockets fan, and not as a level headed Rockets fan. As many of our readers do, I live and die with every single shot that our beloved Rockets take.
Is that a healthy thing to do? The answer to that is more than likely no, but I do it anyways. It’s the same as adding extra bacon to a bacon cheeseburger, doing so, just makes me feel better. I say these things to ask a very simple question, “Why in the world is Daniel House Jr. is not on the Rockets roster?”
In the year 2019, most fans get the majority of their news from Twitter. It is on this platform where fans not only receive their news but are also given a platform to express their feelings about things that happen with their favorite teams. I have read the majority of responses about Danuel House not being on the roster, and I am split on how to feel about it.
The business side
On one hand, I totally get the fact that Tilman Fertitta does not want to go over the luxury tax. My day job entails me making decisions that affect the bottom line as well, so I am with him there. However, the diehard fan in me does not care about this whatsoever. I want the best possible team around James Harden, and no one can argue that having House on the team makes us a much better team.
So, the question becomes, how do we solve this issue? My solution: GET A MULTI-YEAR DEAL DONE WITH THIS YOUNG MAN! If it was up to me, this would have been done weeks ago. The biggest hindrance to this deal getting done appears to be his agent. Per Mark Berman of Fox 26, the House camp turned down a 3-year deal from the Rockets.
I can understand that with how good House looked in his time with the team, that he wants more money, but he also has to realize that he bounced around the league for quite a long time. He finally came into a system where his game was taken to another level while playing alongside the MVP James Harden. Would House’s game be as effective on another team?
That is yet to be determined, but he would be more than likely going to another team that is not in a position to contend for a title (if all he is looking for is more money). On this type of team, he would be able to more of the focal point, but he would not be nearly as effective, as he is in a Rockets uniform.
The other option that the team has is to convert his contract to a normal NBA contract for the rest of the season. With this option, he would be on the roster for the rest of the year, but it will limit the Rockets ability to re-sign him in the off season. I am in the state of mind that we deal with the off season when the off season comes.
This organization needs to have the mentality of doing whatever it takes to win, RIGHT NOW. At this point in the year, this option seems much more likely. This will get House back on the roster and will allow him to contribute to a team with championship aspirations.
This team has certainly had its ups and downs, but when healthy, this is the 2nd best team in the West. I understand ESPNs of the world want you to believe differently, but it is simply not the case. When healthy, the only team that can stay with us in a 7 game series is the Golden State Warriors. As with the last few years, Daryl Morey has to ask himself, “What do I need to do to build a roster that will help us beat GSW?” One of those answers is simple: Having Danuel House Jr. on the roster.
Whatever the rest of the season bears out, it will certainly be exciting to watch. The All-Star break is over, and our boys are back on the court tonight!!! What does everyone think about what will happen with Danuel House? I would love to hear your feedback. Thanks for reading, and as always, GO ROCKETS!!!!!