The Houston Rockets, behind a reinvented James Harden, have played well to start the 2016-2017 NBA Season. However, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey admitted that they are not yet done with trading for star players saying that they are targeting another big name player to pair with Harden this season. Could the Rockets target someone like DeMarcus Cousins, who is still in NBA rumors as the Sacramento Kings continue to struggle?
Morey in an interview with ESPN’s Zach Lowe said that Harden needs a partner superstar for the Rockets to be successful. It’s not clear if this can be done via free agency, via a trade in this current season or in the next few NBA drafts.
“Teams that win it all generally have two top-10 players. We have one. We will always look for more,” Morey said about taking in another star in Houston opening the NBA rumors that the Rockets are not dealing this season.
However, the Rockets will have a tough time adding another star with their current salary cap situation or their roster flexibility. As Lowe noted, they have spent most of their cap space this year on role players like Ryan Anderson ($80 million for four years) and Eric Gordon ($52.9 million for four years).
If the Rockets are going to add another star to their line-up, it will likely come via a trade. Outside Harden, Houston does not have much to offer in any blockbuster deal. They can attach multiple first round picks in any trade but the value of such is not very high.
However, there is a possibility that other teams might want to give up their stars for salary cap space and future picks. And that’s where Morey and the Rockets are hoping to get Harden and Houston their second star.
Here is improbable trade, among many other NBA rumors, wherein the Rockets acquire Kings star Cousins:
Rockets-Kings blockbuster: DeMarcus Cousins to Houston
Via ESPN Trade Machine, a Cousins for Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer works. The Rockets will have to attach lots of future first round picks in this deal similar to the Brooklyn-Boston deal years ago.
The Kings move on from the Cousins drama and they get lots of assets for their future while the Rockets will be contenders with Harden and Cousins as the core of the franchise for the next few years.
Sacramento is not likely to agree on this deal but time is running out for the Kings to get good value for Cousins, who will become a free agent in 2018. The Kings might eventually settle for a trade like this with the Rockets so they can get multiple future assets for their big man.
The NBA rumors will continue to surround the Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins. The Houston Rockets are hoping they are desperate enough to deal the big man for future picks so they can turn into title contenders this season.
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