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Houston Rockets: 3 options for 2019-20 starting lineup

By Michael Brown
Houston Rockets P.J. Tucker Danuel House James Harden (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets P.J. Tucker Danuel House James Harden (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 11: Chris Paul, James Harden and Russell Westbrook of the USA National Team participate in a minicamp at UNLV on August 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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 2015 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 11: Chris Paul, James Harden and Russell Westbrook of the USA National Team participate in a minicamp at UNLV on August 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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 2015 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Option No. 1

Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, P.J. Tucker, Tyson Chandler.

Could this be a pipe dream? Yes. Could this be entirely possible? It absolutely could be. Let us not forget that Daryl Morey has pulled off the unexpected before (James Harden, Chris Paul, etc.). In a deal that lands Westbrook to the Rockets, the team will almost certainly have to trade Clint Capela and Eric Gordon (unless some complicated sign-and-trades go down with Iman Shumpert).

Rival execs have pinpointed the Rockets as a “likely suitor” in a potential Russell Westbrook trade, per @sam_amick and @BDawsonWrites

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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 7, 2019

If that is the case, a signing of Tyson Chandler will HAVE to take place, since the roster will be void of a guy who can start from Day 1. Could Westbrook, Paul, and Harden find a way to co-exist? Is there a way to make 3 ball dominant guards a success in this offense under Coach Mike D’Antoni? That remains unclear, but my goodness would it be fun to find out.

Next: House earning the role

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