How it would have to work
The Houston Rockets would likely have to sign and trade for LeBron James like did with Paul last year. This would require the Cavaliers to take the salary of Ryan Anderson plus Eric Gordon, and potentially a sign and trade of Ariza.
You won’t see me fretting over the inevitable departure of Anderson. I’m convinced it finally happens this offseason. However, in Ariza and Gordon, you are losing two key pieces to this team.
You lose a starter and defensive ace in Ariza. In Gordon, you lose probably your third best offensive weapons and the primary guy off the bench.
Assuming you can retain Capela and Paul, which is no guarantee, your starting lineup, and bench change drastically. The Houston Rockets starting five would likely go as such:
Guard, James Harden
Guard, Chris Paul
Guard/Forward, PJ Tucker
Forward, LeBron James
Center, Clint Capela
Honestly, that starting lineup looks incredible and absolutely dangerous. However, the bench is slightly terrifying. And not in a good way.
Forward Luc Mbah a Moute
Forward/Center, Zhou Qi
That’s it, that’s all that is on the Houston Rockets bench for next season. Obviously, the team will add others but nothing of the quality we had this season. This is a big part of the reason why the Rockets should not pursue LeBron James.