The NBA trade deadline is just under a month away and the Houston Rockets will be mentioned in several rumors until then. We recapped the latest rumors just 10 days ago, but since then we’ve had even more names being linked to the Rockets. As you see in the title, this is our second update, and there’s likely to be a few more until the February 20th deadline.
The Boston Celtics have reemerged as a suitor for Omer Asik according the NESN. The Celtics are looking to trade Jeff Green and the Rockets were rumored to be in pursuit of a stretch- power forward a month ago. The Rockets needs have likely changed a bit with the strong play of Terrence Jones. Green would fit nicely in Houston, but he is signed through the 2015 season with a 2016 player option, and that is not something Daryl Morey would likely target in an Asik trade.
There have also been reports of the Celtics looking to deal Rajon Rondo. Rondo would be an interesting fit in Houston. He’s not a great shooter, though is a near triple-double machine when healthy. The Rockets would sport an All-Star trio of Rondo-Harden-Howard with Chandler Parsons and Jones alongside them. If any of these reports are close, the Rockets would likely send Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik along with at least 2 first round picks in exchange for the 27-year old point guard.
While you’re dreaming about the potential of that (above) All-Star squad, ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh says the Rockets could target C.J. Miles. Miles, 26, is in his final year of his contract, making $2.25 million this season. He’s averaging 10.2 ppg for the Cavaliers and shooting 39.9% from beyond the arc, though he’s just a 34.8% three-point shooter in his career.
Thabo Sefolosha is another name mentioned in the article. Sefolosha is a great defender but shooting just 31.1% from beyond the arc. The 29-year is on the final year of his contract making $3.9 million, and his play seems to be declining. Even if the Rockets were interested in Sefolosha, the Thunder would likely not entertain dealing their starting shooting guard to a conference rival. What seems to be clear is that the Rockets are on the lookout for a SG/SF who is an above average defender and can shoot from long range.
As Sean Devaney (Sporting News) has mentioned, Daryl Morey has never let a trade deadline go by without a deal.
In fact, no general manager has been more active ahead of the trade deadline in the last six years than Morey, who has made a total of nine deadline trades during his tenure, involving 39 players and 10 draft picks.
Rockets fans can expect some sort of deal, but keep in mind that Morey will be making moves to both better the current team and also keep his options open in the future.