A late-night trade shuffled the Houston Rockets’ lineup on Tuesday, with three players now on the move and two being welcomed to H-Town.
After having shown interest in acquiring Robert Covington for months, the Houston Rockets finally got their coveted forward, as Clint Capela, Gerald Green, Nene and a first-round pick were all sent away to bring in the 29-year-old. The move will also be bringing former NBA champion Jordan Bell into the mix, who is a 6-8 center that’s playing just 8.7 minutes per game this season.
All indications from Rockets’ insiders are that Houston is not done making deals, as they still need to find a serviceable center that can play alongside the rest of the run and gun, small-ball Rockets. Nothing has been said yet, but this might mean Bell won’t see the floor with Houston at all and could be involved in another deal by the trade deadline on Thursday.
With the four-team trade, which Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted is the deal with the most players involved since 2000, the Houston Rockets now currently have 13 players on the roster. While the names are likely to change by Thursday evening, here’s a look at the current roster of the Houston Rockets:
PG – Russell Westbrook, Austin Rivers, Chris Clemons, Michael Frazier
SG – James Harden, Eric Gordon, Ben McLemore
SF – Danuel House, Bruno Caboclo
PF – Robert Covington
C – P.J. Tucker, Isaiah Hartenstein, Tyson Chandler
As they’ve been doing recently, the Rockets will likely continue to play small-ball for much of the season, with P.J. Tucker playing the center position to start. As ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported Tuesday, Houston isn’t necessarily searching for a starting center, as they’re confident that their smaller lineup can get the job done.
Still, I would have to think some starting lineup adjustments will be made when teams with elite bigs such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets are lying in wait. Along with Tucker, the other projected starters so far are Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Danuel House and Robert Covington.
All eyes will be on the Rockets to see what center they can deal for in the next couple of days. With another deal seemingly being in the works, this roster is bound to change again very soon.