The Houston Rockets are clearly looking to land a big fish this off season we know already that they will meet with Carmelo Anthony and it’s believed they will also speak with LeBron James representatives, although not James himself initially. Daryl Morey has already reported flown to speak to Kyle Lowry as well.
I have made the contention in previous articles that the Rockets will seek to sign and trade if they can with Melo or any other big free agent. By not drifting under the cap, this will allow them to use the mid-level exception ($5.3 million) this off-season to add another relatively significant role player to the mix after the signing. This exception can be split between two players as well.
The major question mark, besides will the Rockets land another star player, is will they be able to also retain Chandler Parsons in the process. Parsons may have to be included in a trade for Love or Rondo but not likely to be included in a free agent signing of others.
By declining Parsons’ option year and making him a restricted free agent this off season, the Rockets have given themselves the right to match any offer he gets, which I believe they will do, almost no matter the dollars are, preferably following a major move.
For the purposes of this article we are going to concentrate on players below star level that the Rockets should be looking at. We will classify these shopping lists into three categories; Mid-Level Exception, Split Mid-Level and Veteran Minimum. Click NEXT to see the lists.