The Houston Rockets are going to be competing for a championship next year, but adding one more quality player might put them over the top.
The Houston Rockets have had an amazing offseason by bringing back core players such as Austin Rivers and Daniel House back to deepen an already great team. The only downside is that there hadn’t been any new blood injected into this team and the Western Conference has drastically changed with the likes of the Clippers, Lakers, Jazz, Blazers all making moves this offseason to claim the top spot that the Warriors have relinquished.
The Rockets made their first big splash this offseason with the swap of Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook and first round picks. This allowed the Rockets to finally put a second legitimate scorer next to Harden and allow Harden to not dominate the basketball. The only problem that may still exist is that the Rockets are now in a Western Conference that now favors forwards that can score at an elite level like the Clippers and the Lakers who now have Lebron James, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Anthony Davis. How do the Rockets combat this problem?
They have to get a wing player that is a defensive prowess and can guard multiple positions. And the one player that comes to mind that even has champion experience has to be Andre Iguodala. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Iggy is available and can be had from the Memphis Grizzlies.
There is some belief within league circles that the Grizzlies are prepared to take Andre Iguodala into the season unless they receive a trade offer featuring a future first-round pick
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 12, 2019
The Rockets have sorely lacked the wing position for the past few years because they have been trying to defeat the Hampton 5’s of the world and employed shooters to negate the 5 best players the Golden State Warriors could employ.
The NBA changed when Kevin Durant left the Warriors and Clippers pulled the lottery ticket of the century to get Kawhi and Paul George. To combat this, Iguodala can guard wings at an elite level as well as give the Rockets two forwards that can guard those guys at an elite level with Iguodala and PJ Tucker.
The best part of this is the Rockets would not be gutting the current roster Iguodala, as they would most likely Sign-and-Trade Iman Shumpert along with possibly another first round pick to get him. While the Rockets may have to mortgage the future for Westbrook and Iguodala, a championship is absolutely worth it. Ask the Raptors if they have any regrets about the Kawhi Leonard trade with the Spurs.
This is a deal the Rockets need to find a way to get done and put themselves back into the conversation as the best team in the league.