The Houston Rockets are making some moves, including looking to bring another star to the city. How realistic is it for them to improve this squad immensely this offseason?
The Houston Rockets are making all sorts of headlines today. The offseason is finally upon us now that the Raptors finished off the Warriors in the NBA Finals and there is a ton of news to go around, especially for the Rockets.
In this post, though, we’re going to focus on one of the positive headlines that came out. The team is looking to improve this upcoming year (obviously) after suffering defeat at the hands of the Warriors once again this season. To do so, they are looking to bring in a third star to the mix, according to Daryl Morey himself.
Daryl Morey on 790: "Chris Paul Does Not Want to Be Traded, We Want to Add" https://t.co/BizJsoXZbs
— SportsTalk 790 (@SportsTalk790) June 17, 2019
That includes, as the article from the source, SportsTalk 790, says, Chris Paul staying put in Houston despite all of the rumors surrounding his potential departure. Stephen A. Smith said the other day that CP3 wants out, but Daryl Morey seems to say otherwise. I’m going to trust Morey on this one, for sure.
In the same interview, Daryl also went on to talk about the offseason. Like I said earlier, he discussed the possibility of getting a third star. Obviously, he can’t say any names for tampering sake, but it’s nice to know that he wants to drastically improve. He also said that the worst-case scenario is the Rockets sticking with the same starting 5 while getting a deeper bench. That may be enough to make a deep run, especially with a depleted Warriors team next season.
The main name that has been floating around in rumors for ages is the possibility of getting Jimmy Butler to Houston. He’s from the area and would be a great fit for the team on both ends of the court. He isn’t the greatest outside shooter, but he can isolate offensively and bring elite-level defense to the game.
He’s actually in the Houston-area now, as he is from the area. According to his Instagram story, he’s back in his hometown of Tomball. Obviously, he could just be visiting home, but could he be meeting with some Rockets about a potential move, too? It’s all speculation at this point.
Jimmy has stated his intentions of getting paid this offseason by opting out and becoming an unrestricted free agent. That doesn’t really work for the Rockets, as they are pretty strapped for cash. They would need to pursue a path similar to what landed Chris Paul a couple of years ago, having Jimmy opt into his last year and get traded to Houston with the promise of a max deal in the offseason.
This summer is going to be a super exciting one! Be sure to stay tuned in as we delve into the ever-active offseason of the Houston Rockets.