This Houston Rockets roster is nearly complete, but there is one more addition the team should want to make, and that would be small forward Andre Iguodala.
Rockets fans, it is a pleasure to be with you once again. When you take a 360 degree view of this Rockets roster, there are not many holes (if any at all). However, there is one player that is going to be traded or released at some point from the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Rockets should be all over it. That player would be small forward Andre Iguodola. There are 3 main reasons that the Rockets should make this move happen.
1. He would be an incredible role model for Danuel House Jr., and could help take his game to an elevated level.
In his time with the Rockets, Danuel House Jr. has progressively gotten better. However, there is a ton of room for improvement, both on the offensive and defensive end of the floor. What better way for him to get better than to learn it from a guy who is a former all star with the 76ers, and the most important role player for a Golden State Warriors dynasty? As Iguodola heads into his 16th year in the league, he is the perfect veteran to help a young buck like House. The Rockets would allow Andre to play in a limited role, but would also rely on him in critical times of a game, where he excels at a very high level.
2. By acquiring Iguodola, the Rockets would be keeping him from other contenders (most notably the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Los Angeles Lakers).
This may seem trivial, but it is oh so true. However you feel about the contenders in the western conference, this is the most wide open the conference has been in quite a few years. If you can find a way to get an upper hand on the other teams, you have to capitalize on it, and this would be an example of that. In a league that is dominated by athletic wing play, a true contender of a team would drool at the prospect of adding a guy like Andre Iguodola to their roster. There have been multiple reports linking Iguodola to an LA team (Lakers or Clippers), but it remains to be seen if those reports are true.
3. Andre Iguodola could very easily be the missing piece to the Houston Rockets winning a title in the 2019-2020 season.
When you take into account Iguodala’s contributions to the Golden State Warriors over the past 6 years, he was a vital piece to their success. Yes, they had Curry, and Durant, and Thompson, but Iguodola was just as important. His ability to cover multiple positions cannot be understated. He only shot 33% from behind the 3 point line in 2018-2019, but he sure did have the ability to hit those threes when his team needed them the most. Can you imagine trotting out a lineup of Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Eric Gordon, Andre Iguodola, and P.J. Tucker to finish a game?
When Iguodola was traded this off-season, it shocked me. It shocked me that a guy like this would be so easily movable by the Warriors. They are going to miss him dearly. I understand he is a year older, but the dude can still play the game at a high level. When you take all of this into account, Daryl Morey should do whatever it takes to acquire Iguodala, and show the city of Houston that they are serious when it comes to pursuing a title this season.
Get ready Rockets fans, because the season is right around the corner. Now and Forever… GO ROCKETS!!!