NBA Rumors: Why are the Rockets pursuing Matthew Dellavedova in free agency?

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The Houston Rockets are targeting Cavs’ guard Matthew Dellavedova this summer to partner James Harden in the back-court.

Houston’s new head coach Mike D’Antoni will apply his system next season. The Rockets are eyeing to bolster their roster accordingly to match D’Antoni’s new strategy.

The 6-foot-4 Dellavedova is now waiting to play against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals. Dwight Howard is expected to leave the Rockets in free agency. His combination with All-star James Harden didn’t succeed this season, as Houston was eliminated by the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. In 2015 West finals, the Rockets bowed out to the same Warriors team. So, the Rockets are in search of a guy who fits in with James Harden. A recent report published in the Inquisitr claimed the Cavs guard as a better fit to James Harden than Rockets’ starting guard Patrick Beverley as the former is a much more of an off-the-ball player.

After a disastrous season, the Rockets are looking to rebuild. And Cavs’ guard Matthew Dellavedova is going to be their new experiment as James Harden’s mate in the back-court. The Australian doesn’t post staggering numbers, but his utility is apparent during the live games. His gritty and aggressive defensive play highlights his presence on the basketball court.

Dellavedova is also a better outside shooter than Beverley and is capable of waiting for Harden to provide him the opportunity to handle the ball like he does with LeBron James in Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs guard becomes a restricted free agent on July 1 after completing a one-year deal with the franchise.

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