- Created on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 19:52
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Jeff Noital
The Houston Rockets have made noise with their recent trades. One of the deals they made was to send Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a future second round pick, which isn't too bad since that pick will be a good one with a less than impressive Phoenix team in the near future. The other deal that was made by Houston is probably the best one they could have made for their future.
The Rockets will send Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, and Toney Douglas to Sacramento for Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia, and a second round pick. The organization has not just recieved two very high future second round picks, but have also opened up the possibility of contending for an NBA title next season. Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich were going to be off the payroll, but the Rockets were looking to take off an extra $4 million off the payroll next season while leaving the possibility of dumping another deal before free agency begins.
Their biggest coup was acquiring Garcia's $6.4 million contract which has a team option for next season. The team will most likely let him go and open up cap room of round $7 million or so to work with this offseason, depending on their other moves that involve their current players like Carlos Delfino's $3 non-guaranteed deal. That would widen the gap of the salary cap and the payroll, which would give the Rockets a real possibility of becoming contenders for an NBA championship next season. The team may also have the option of dumping Omer Asik's $8 million a year deal to another team looking for rebounding help (Miami Heat maybe?). Whether they can get rid of Omer's deal or not, this will leave the Rockets in a great position this free agency.
The Houston Rockets may ink a great deal this offseason, but they also got a young athletic player in Thomas Robinson. He's a young athletic power forward who will be perfect in the schemes that Jeremy Lin and James Harden enjoy to play in offensively. In limited minutes, he's shot well from the restricted area with 47% (76-163), a part of the court that Houston desperately needs a factor in with their perimeter stars. He'll be under contract until 2016 with a few team options along the way, which will give the Rockets options in case the experiment doesn't work out.
The Houston Rockets have made noise this week with these trades, even if they don't look significant right now. With the All-Star Game being in Houston this year, it gave James Harden some time to make his pitch for players to come play alongside him and Lin. With a little bit more money available to sway players' minds to go to Houston, it will definitely be an exciting time to be a Houston Rockets fan.
The sale is still pending approval of the NBA Board of Governors.