May 24, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forwardLeBron James
(23) blocks the shot of Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) during overtime in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
It’s no secret that we need an additional, consistent inside presence along with Dwight Howard and I think Millsap will fit the bill.
He scores, he rebounds, he blocks shots and you know what’s most important?
He plays defense!
In fact, Millsap was ranked 9th in the league for the 2014-15 season as far as defensive rating at a whopping 99.2.
Wow — he’d certainly fit with the Rockets mantra that had been the blueprint of the season as well into the playoffs.
But he won’t come cheap.
Whether he fits with the Rockets financially is the bigger question.
For starters, the Rox don’t necessarily have the largest of cap space amongst teams in the league but with some salary-clearing moves, something can be done about this.
The club currently has nine players coupled with $54.6 million in guaranteed contracts against an estimated $67.1 million salary cap for the 2015-16 season.
It already has been reported that the Rockets will pick up Kostas Papanikolaou‘s $4.8 million option so that may factor in to how much they have to spend and is also dependent on if the Rockets decide to re-sign Patrick Beverley, a restricted free agent, to which his minimum qualifying offer would be right around $2.7 million.
But we all know Beverley will command more money than that as the Mavericks seem to be seeking his services.
As it stands, there’s no way that we can afford him straight up with anywhere around from $5 to $10 million in the bank as far as cap space.
This deal would have include an additional team to get this done to likely whet the appetite of what the Hawks want and to find a replacement of Millsap’s stature.
But it can be done.
With LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love being the biggest blue chips that are free agents this season, I think the Rockets should not go for guy that just about every team with resources would covet but rather one that shows up for work and does his job well; and, for the most part, barely makes a peep about it.
Just think about it — we’d have a front-line as fierce as ever before and D12 will no longer be pulling out the hairs in his carefully-crafted mohawk in regard to not getting enough help in the paint!
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I honestly think there never has been a deal that Morey hasn’t at least considered and I think we should strongly consider pursuing this exceptional talent.
Millsap, 30, averaged 16.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.1 APG while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 75.7 percent from the charity stripe in 73 games last season.
He is also coming off his second-straight All-Star nod in as many seasons.
It’s going to be a fun off season!
Let’s get it Rockets!