Mark Berman (MyFox26) spoke with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander who said the Rockets plan to add a “significant player” to next year’s team.
Alexander told Berman that he expects the team to have a big improvement next season.
“We’re going to have cap room to bring in a terrific free agent and I think next year we’ll be a lot better than we were this year. I think the nucleus is great. I think we have two of the brightest stars in the league. We have players who are going to be much better next year, young guys. We have a very good nucleus.”
This report comes just a few days after Rockets GM Darly Morey told Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) that it’s unnecessary to add a third All-Star to the team.
Q: To be a true championship contender, do you have to get a third All-Star-caliber guy, or do you just need to add a group of strong rotation players?
A: “I would always take a third All-Star guy, either from one of our guys improving or addition. There’s no negative to adding an All-Star-level player. That said, I don’t feel it’s necessary. I do feel it’s my job to explore those things. I think (we’ll be helped by) our group playing more together after only a season together, plus a lot of young players that can take a step forward and improve. Plus we’ve got financial flexibility this year. We’re not limited to minimum-player additions.
“We have all our draft picks going forward to execute trades if necessary. We’ve got a lot of flexibility to improve. It’s my job to get that done and the players’ job to work on their games over the summer. The coaches are taking another look at our strategies and deciding what we’re going to do different next year to improve.”
Any move involving another All-Star coming to Houston would have to involve Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik leaving town. The two are on the books for $8.6 million each, though are owed $15 million each by the Rockets (only the $8.6 million counts towards the cap).
Alexander is clearly frustrated with the Rockets’ first round exit and wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again.