If you're anything like me, you may have found yourself deprived and starved of Houston Rockets basketball. Hell, I've found myself destitute of Rockets content, to take it a step further.
This has caused me to scour the web and essentially every social media platform, seeking to find something. Anything essentially.
Unfortunately, I uncovered a bogus rumor regarding Houston Rockets youngster Kevin Porter Jr. that makes absolutely no sense. Unless the primary motive is to help the Los Angeles Lakers get better, which the Rockets aren't inclined to do.
The article comes courtesy of Hiptoro, the entertainment site, and bears the title "Houston Rockets Kevin Porter LA Lakers Trade Deal Developing". Naturally, this made my eyes and ears perk up, so I gave the article a click.
I was floored after reading the first sentence, which is outlined below:
"The Houston Rockets’ guard Kevin Porter is likely to play for the Lakers next season."
Perhaps I had missed something. After all, that happens, thus I decided to read further.
The writer eventually suggests that the Rockets would agree to a deal with the Lakers for Jarred Vanderbilt, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Max Christie, and two second round picks (2024 and 2025).
Bogus rumor emerges regarding Houston Rockets' Kevin Porter Jr.
The logic behind the deal is that the Rockets want to improve defensively due to Ime Udoka's defensive-minded philosophy, and would want Vanderbilt, along with draft capital.
Not to mention the fact that Christie and JHS are both solid defenders overall.
Even with that logic, this would be an awful deal for the Rockets, first of all, as Christie and JHS are both unproven, especially the latter. Also, the Rockets could probably pry Vanderbilt from the Lake Show without even having to include KPJ, if they really have interest in him.
Furthermore, the Rockets don't value second-round picks- it's been proven.
And although many like to downplay Porter's talent and ability, we're still talking about a 23-year-old wing who just averaged 19.2 points, 5.7 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 36.6 percent from three, and 56.5 percent true shooting.
Hell, just last season Porter was one of only 11 players in the league to score 1100 points, 300 assists, 300 rebounds, and 140 3-pointers made. And I haven't mentioned anything about his catch-and-shoot 3-point proficiency.
Porter is also versatile enough to play either guard position and even the small forward position, and he's under a super team-friendly contract through 2027. Of course the Lakers would want him, especially for a bag of sweat socks like this.
This "rumor" should be filed in the fake news file. It won't be happening.