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Broussard: Houston Rockets A Top 5 Preferred Destination For LeBron James


The Houston Rockets are one of LeBron James‘ top five preferred destinations for LeBron James according to Chris Broussard (ESPN).

Here’s some of what Broussard had to say about the Rockets:

A lot has been made about the possibility of James teaming up with Anthony, and few teams in the league have a better chance of pulling that off than Houston.

The Rockets are confident they can trade Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to clear the cap room necessary to offer near-max dollars. While they’d like to keep Chandler Parsons, he might have to be sacrificed to move Asik and/or Lin. I’m told Golden State might be interested in trading for Lin if it can land Parsons along with him.

In any event, assuming the Rockets obtain the cap room to sign James or Anthony, the next step will be to give up their star guard James Harden in a sign-and-trade for whichever superstar (James or Anthony) they don’t sign as a free agent. Faced with the prospect of losing their superstars, both New York and Miami would be open to accepting Harden in a sign-and-trade.

A few things to take away from Broussard and his article.

Broussard doesn’t have a great reputation amongst many fans. He’s famous to Rockets fans for saying Dwight Howard was 50/50 on his decision, after Sam Amick already said that Howard chose Houston. Broussard also is known for trying to confirm news or break news hours after it has already been reported by others.

With that said, Broussard was on top of James’ decision four years ago. He seems to have a good relationship with James’ people so we have to take that into account when he talks.

Broussard mentions the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets, and New York Knicks as the other four preferred destinations. I think there is no chance the Knicks or Nets get involved because they have cap problems up the wazoo.

As much as some believe the Cavaliers have a chance at James, I can’t imagine him coming to a dysfunctional organization with an owner that blasted him after leaving just four years ago. Why would James do that to himself?

That leaves Miami or Houston. Why not come to Houston to form a trio that is much younger than the one in Miami? Why not come to Houston that has much better role players around them than in Miami? Why not come to a team that won 54 games without James, whereas the Heat won just 54 games with James?

Seems like an easy choice to me!

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  • TJW

    “Why not come to Houston to form a trio that is much younger than the one
    in Miami? Why not come to Houston that has much better role players
    around them than in Miami? Why not come to a team that won 54 games
    without James, whereas the Heat won just 54 games with James?’
    Conference, coaching, ownership, Riley, family. Not saying it wouldn’t be a smart move, but there are reasons.

    • Yoni Pollak

      Your points…

      Conference – If you’re going to win an NBA championship, you have to be able to beat everyone, beat the best. Rockets won’t lose with that trio and the depth around them.

      Coaching – McHale known as a great player’s coach. Can’t be too hard to coach Harden, LeBron, and Dwight, can it?

      Ownership – Leslie Alexander known as one of the best owners in the NBA. Willing to do anything to win more championships.

      Riley – GM Daryl Morey the most aggressive GM in the NBA. Well respected, and will improve the roster to make it even more championship worthy.

      Family – Not sure I understand this point. They’ll move if he wants too. Houston is a great city to live in. Good schools, lots of former NBA players around, diverse, cultured.

      • TJW

        You ought to be able to beat everyone, but let’s be real, it’s clear that the Eastern Conference as it stands now presents an easier path to the Finals. That is a clear advantage. You can’t unequivocally state that the “Rockets won’t lose,” when you don’t know how they fit on the court. I heard the same thing about the Lakers a couple years ago. McHale might have a good handle on working with players, but it’s widely recognized that he is a poor defensive strategist and a guy who relies on outgunning the other team offensively. It’s why they have sputtered out in the playoffs despite a wealth of talent. Leslie Alexander is great, but so is Micky Arison. Morey is aggressive, but so is Riley. Virtually every player who has signed with the Heat since 2010 has taken a pay cut. When it comes to similarly capable structure, the organization that has supported four Finals appearances gets the nod over the one that hasn’t. LeBron’s family is rooted in Miami right now and are clearly happy about it. That means Miami gets the check in that area. Again, any one of these areas being in Miami’s favor doesn’t mean he’s going to stick with Miami (he moved his family from Cleveland). But you make it sound like Houston has every advantage in a decision that comes down to Miami vs. Houston. That’s clearly not the case.

        • Yoni Pollak

          I agree the East is easier. No doubt about it. And yes, I don’t know “Rockets won’t lose”, though I think it’s a pretty fair assumption, but let’s take that out of my argument. I don’t think you can name a better team for LeBron than Houston?

          I don’t think Houston has every advantage. I agree with you that the situations are comparable. My one argument is about winning. The fact is, Harden and Howard with LJ and the rest of the team give James a better chance than James and Wade with Bosh. They do, it’s hard to argue that…

          If James is about winning championship, Houston is the best place to do it (currently).

          • TJW

            I can’t name one, as far as talent absolutely under contract for next season is concerned, though I don’t know which pieces Houston have to give up to get him. More than Lin/Asik? Would they be able to keep Parsons?

            The thing about Miami is that those three guys have shown that they are willing to take paycuts to play together and they can all opt out of their deals. In the case that they do both, Miami has as much flexibility as anyone to put together a highly competitive roster around James. Add that to the stability/familiarity in ownership and coaching, I just don’t think it’s that clear of a choice. We won’t know until Wade and Bosh make their decisions. Clearly DH/Harden are better than Wade/Bosh, though.

          • Yoni Pollak

            They’d deal both Lin and Asik. Would likely be able to keep Parsons and pay tax which owner says he obviously would.

            Wade shouldn’t opt out. Doesn’t deserve anything more than $5 million a year, but will because he’s a name. Bosh will opt out IMO. He should.

            They may decide to come back together in MIA, just don’t think they can do much more around that roster unless they take pretty significant paycuts.

            We will see.

  • Dt74

    Neither James or Melo have the basketballs to come to the West. Everyone talks about how these guys want to team up and build legacy but at the same time they say how easy the East is. Playing SA, Dal, Mem in your division and seeing Durant and the West Coast teams more than 2 times a year might be a little much for these guys. They like the Hornets, Philly, Cleveland, and the Bucks being on their 4-6 game season schedule.