The Houston Rockets have reportedly signed center Tyson Chandler to a one-year minimum deal. Here are 3 thriving things about him that will help this team.
Houston Rockets fans — it’s only July 12th and what we thought was going to be a quiet free agency period for this team has turned into a blockbusting bonanza of impending deals. This team is finally back in the forefront of free agency news — as they should be — and it’s certainly for the better as they provide their answer to the immense amount of movement of players this offseason.
Last night’s news of the Houston Rockets‘ successful trade for Russell Westbrook in exchange for Chris Paul and four future first-round picks is certainly going to get the talking heads to flap their gums of the potential impact to the NBA landscape and how the Houston Rockets fit within that realm.
That’s already happened. Although many of the morning sports cable network talk shows are praising the trade was made, they still feel that the Houston Rockets won’t grab next season’s Larry O’Brien trophy but have certainly been put back into the conversation of being a contender.
That’s fine and to be honest, I expected this. Since when has the national media given the Houston Rockets much respect? They’ll just have to fly under the radar as they usually do and shock the world.
But with landing a player of Westbrook’s magnitude, that’s going to be an awfully tough task to complete because he’s as visible on any radar panel you could think of.
It’s his style. It’s not going to change. The Houston Rockets will benefit from it.
That’s. Why. He’s. Here.
Despite the criticisms of how the chemistry is going to work, I think it will because Westbrook and James Harden are great friends and I’m sure this is something they’ve talked about if something like this were to happen.
Nonetheless, this pairing will be exciting to watch come the start of the 2019-20 season. Daryl Morey needed a WIN this offseason and this trade certainly exudes that notion. It may seem like a Hail Mary pass but it’s what the Houston Rockets needed to thrust themselves back into the competitive realm that is the Association.
But now that Westbrook is signed, the rest of the dominoes will drop to fill out the rest of this roster.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported earlier today that Tyson Chandler has agreed to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal with the Houston Rockets.
This signing ensures that they have a reliable, capable backup center that could spot start if needed.
I wanted to sign him badly back in his earlier years of free agency but I’ll still take this version of Chandler, who is getting ready to wind down and call it a career soon.
He has 18 seasons under his belt in the NBA, not an easy feat for what would be much less than half of the service time for the average NBA player. But it goes to show that Chandler is far from mediocre and can help this team be successful. His presence will pay tremendous dividends and it’s great the team was able to snag him.
Woj reported that he had been targeted for weeks but the Westbrook deal helped make his decision easier to sign with H-Town.
He still will be able to help this team and here are three things about Chandler that will allow him to thrive with this team.