Houston Rockets fans should be used to being punched in the gut by now but it still never feels good when it happens.
For a few hours last week after LeBron James decided he was leaving the Miami Heat and returning home to Cleveland, it appeared as if the Rockets were going to sign Chris Bosh and then match Mark Cuban’s offer sheet on Chandler Parsons. This would have instantly made the Rockets the team to beat along with the San Antonio Spurs in the loaded West. However, it wasn’t meant to be as Bosh was using Houston as leverage to get a 5th year and a max deal with the Heat.
Instead of doubling down on the mistake (forced or not) to let Parsons out of his contract a year early, Morey wisely decided against matching and quickly went and signed Trevor Ariza to fill the void at half the price. In addition to Ariza, they have also signed Joey Dorsey and Jeff Adrien to bolster their frontcourt depth.
Other than exploring a trade or signing to improve the power forward position or just adding good bench depth, Morey must turn all resources and attention to upgrading the point guard position. The first call needs to be to Sergio Llull with an offer to compete against incumbent Patrick Beverley for the starting spot.
There are rumors of the Rockets looking at Rajon Rondo or Goran Dragic, but the reality is Boston or Phoenix might not be willing to move these players and if they do, at what cost? Llull is a guy you drafted and someone who has had success in professional basketball not just against college players like the other options not named Beverley.
The time is now to go for it while you have Dwight Howard and James Harden in their primes. The point guard position is the absolute most important on a basketball team. Once that need is filled along with an upgraded defensive rotation and a healthy Howard and Harden, these Rockets will be ready to compete in 2014-2015 not hoping someone will choose to sign next offseason or the one after.
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