Daryl Morey, the GM of the Houston Rockets, has made the entire team available in trade talks as the franchise looks to build a title contender.
After failing for the second consecutive year to defeat the team the Rockets were “built to beat,” Houston is putting everything on the table.
Sources: In calls to front offices, Houston GM Daryl Morey is showing an aggressive desire to improve roster with all players and picks available in talks. Hard to imagine James Harden scenario, but the rest under contract – perhaps even Chris Paul – could be moved in right deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 29, 2019
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Rockets GM Daryl Morey has made the entire Houston roster along with the draft picks available on the market. Yes, even James Harden is available, although Woj mentioned it was unlikely the Rockets would deal their MVP, unless of course they get an extremely talented haul in return.
Just last week, the Rockets fired four members of the coaching staff, including defensive guru Jeff Bzdelik. Mike D’Antoni has one-year remaining on his contract and he and the team have discussed an extension, although it appears the two sides have been slow to come to an agreement. According to a recent report, some coaches around the league think the Rockets are trying to push out MDA by firing his staff.
Houston could use a skilled wing and more depth in their second unit. If they do make a substantial move, some combination of Chris Paul, Clint Capela or Eric Gordon could be included in the deal, as they’re the team’s most talented players behind Harden.
Chris Paul still has three years and $124 million remaining on his contract, and at 34 years old, he won’t command the same type of return that he did three or four years ago. However, teams like the Lakers that have older superstars could be willing to make a move for him, since their window to win will close fast either way.
Daryl Morey has always been an aggressive GM, willing to make bold moves in order to make his team better. The Rockets were fairly quiet last summer, and as a result had a less talented team than the season before. Don’t expect Morey to stay quiet in two consecutive summers.