Back in January when James Harden declared that the Houston Rockets just “weren’t good enough” and was subsequently traded, the expectation was that the Rockets would become sellers at the trade deadline. Many believed this would cause contenders to look at the team in attempts of poaching the veteran players that had been essential to the team’s playoff runs in the past.
When the Rockets ended up receiving Victor Oladipo instead of Caris LeVert, many people were scratching their heads and expected the team to trade him forward to another contender. Instead of falling down to the world’s expectations, the team has banded together and decided to write their own narrative.
Should the Houston Rockets be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?
They have become a defensive juggernaut, play selflessly, and are on a mission of vengeance against all the doubters. They have also become healthy after starting off the season with injuries and COVID-19 protocols and have won six straight games.
The team has a level of unity and determination that hasn’t been seen in Houston since the 2017-18 Rockets that were most likely a healthy hamstring away from the NBA Finals.
With all the team’s recent success the question has changed from how many players will the Rockets sell to could the Rockets actually become buyers? There are some pros and cons for both sides of the argument and Rafael Stone will be weighing all of these carefully as we approach the March 25th trade deadline.
Next: The argument for selling