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@  thejohnnygold : (18 February 2018 - 04:11 AM) Yeah, I have thought the same thing. Everything is going so well there isn't much up for debate.
@  slick shoes : (16 February 2018 - 07:34 PM) As stated before, if you are unhappy with the amount of activity here, you are more than welcome to contribute something yourself. I think many of us are so pleased with the way the season has played out thus far that we don't need to come here to complain or moan or advocate for this trade or signing.
@  rocketrick : (16 February 2018 - 05:20 PM) Wow, so many good stories but 0 articles this season regarding the Rockets on this site.
@  slick shoes : (13 February 2018 - 06:49 PM) Nvm, we are waiving Troy Williams to make room for Joe Johnson.
@  slick shoes : (13 February 2018 - 01:42 AM) I guess that takes us out of the running for Iso Joe?
@  DenverRocket : (10 February 2018 - 02:25 AM) Apparently we're picking up Brandan Wright, who was bought out by the Grizzlies today.
@  Mario Peña : (09 February 2018 - 11:17 AM) That was crazy.
@  slick shoes : (08 February 2018 - 06:45 PM) Wow. What are the Cavs doing???
@  DenverRocket : (05 February 2018 - 11:37 PM) Even Love seems happy to be injured and out of there for a while, based on his recent comments. It's a complete sh!t show!
@  Mario Peña : (05 February 2018 - 07:59 PM) I have friends who are Cavs fans and obviously most of them aren’t interested in burning jerseys. Considering I have was there to see a good game even I was disappointed in the lack of effort. I don’t see how the Cold War between LeBron and Gilbert gets any better.
@  DenverRocket : (05 February 2018 - 06:36 AM) I thought it was hilarious.Don't feel sorry for those clowns, they'll be burning his shirt again come free agency :)
@  Mario Peña : (04 February 2018 - 02:12 PM) I was at that Rockets game last night guys and that Cavs defense wasn’t even professional. I saw a lot of jogging up and down the court. I almost felt bad for Cavs fans.
@  slick shoes : (04 February 2018 - 07:33 AM) Just read that he is also unhappy with his role in Minny. If it was me, I would take the same money for the same role on a championship caliber team vs an up an coming team. Just one man's opinion.
@  DenverRocket : (04 February 2018 - 12:03 AM) Why would they release him? I heard that Shabazz Muhamad has asked out, but nothing about Crawford (his minutes are not going to be much different/better if he comes to us)
@  slick shoes : (03 February 2018 - 11:59 PM) Would be interested to see if we take a look at Jamal Crawford if released by Minnesota. Great extra tool to have for the stretch run. I imagine him winning us a game with a clutch three as well.
@  DenverRocket : (02 February 2018 - 06:31 PM) @RocketRick why don't you write one and submit it for publication? Plenty to write about.
@  rocketrick : (02 February 2018 - 04:36 PM) Our Rockets really do have a chance this year...........and this site is like dead in the water. Last published article was back in November. Good Luck with that........
@  thejohnnygold : (02 February 2018 - 05:12 AM) Yes, I was advocating a Harden trade...I'll admit I was wrong...to a degree. It was based on the premise that he wasn't committed to defense--which he wasn't--and that he needed another player to be the lead dog (such as Chris Paul which I did advocate before Morey brought him in). So, yeah...I was completely wrong...but a little right ;)
@  Mario Peña : (01 February 2018 - 10:00 PM) Oh that’s right I vaguely remember that. I was distracted by my move from Texas to New York around that time and I disagreed so I remember not paying those threads much attention.
@  DenverRocket : (01 February 2018 - 06:48 PM) I'm pretty sure JG was advocating a full rebuild ;-)

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Why LeBron Isn't Headed To Houston


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#1 DenverRocket

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:43 PM

REALLY good analysis of the potential scenarios and the salary implications, and why it is highly unlikely Morey could make it work: https://www.reddit.c...ded_to_houston/

 

Boo :(


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 01:54 PM

REALLY good analysis of the potential scenarios and the salary implications, and why it is highly unlikely Morey could make it work: https://www.reddit.c...ded_to_houston/

 

Boo :(

 

Until we can find a buyer for Ryan Anderson's contract, we aren't signing any big name free agents. I read that we are quietly shopping him, but are having a hard time finding anyone who wants to pay that much for a 3 point specialist with a little bit of rebounding thrown in. 


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 02:33 PM

REALLY good analysis of the potential scenarios and the salary implications, and why it is highly unlikely Morey could make it work: https://www.reddit.c...ded_to_houston/

 

Boo :(

 

Yeah, I saw that too.  It is definitely unlikely; however, we are operating under certain assumptions--mainly that Paul and LeBron will demand max money.  I know that it rarely happens that players leave money on the table, but in this scenario I could see some 1-year deals for Paul and LeBron just to take this thing for a test drive.  If it works (and it should), they could work things out from there.

 

Capela is the biggest problem.  He is rounding into a solid player, but will he be worth the kind of salary he is likely to command in FA or is he the next Bismack Biyombo, Ian Mahinmi, Gorgui Deng, DeAndre Jordan contractual albatross?  If Capela could play 36 mpg, I'd say go for it, but he is still hovering around 27 mpg.  He'll be 24 years old next year and still has room to improve, but a trade may be in the cards if Zhou Qi can develop an NBA body.

 

I know most will not agree with any sort of Capela trade--and I get why.  Would it be worth the possibility of Paul/Harden/James playing together?  I'd have to say, "yes".  No defense could withstand that sort of pressure.

 

I think we all agree that it is highly unlikely James comes here if he and Paul are looking at huge contracts.  You never know...James desperately needs another ring or two.  Paul desperately wants his first.  Time is running out.  The Warriors are set for a little longer and there are few, if any, better options for knocking them off the top of the mountain.  LBJ is set financially and has been savvy enough off the court to not NEED a $30M deal.  He's got to consider the value of his legacy--of dethroning MJ as the greatest to play the game--versus throwing another $30M on his pile of money.

 

Of course, this season could prove that we don't even need LBJ to topple the W's.  How nice would that be?

 

Also, I wouldn't rule out Paul George.  I know everyone believes he is headed to LA, but I don't think that it is set in stone.  There is also DeMarcus Cousins' free agency.  LBJ would be nice, but either of those guys would be nice too.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 06:37 PM

Also, I wouldn't rule out Paul George.  I know everyone believes he is headed to LA, but I don't think that it is set in stone.  There is also DeMarcus Cousins' free agency.  LBJ would be nice, but either of those guys would be nice too.

 

Would love PG13 (obviously he and Harden can't play on the same team;). Did you see the way he torched KD and the W's last night?! I have a feeling he will stick with Russ though and hope they can build a better supporting cast.

 

I guess DMC will depend on what happens with the remainder of the Pels season and whether AD decides to upsticks for Boston. Would love to have him and that would also help solve the Capela conundrum.

 

As you say, there's still very much hope for this season, given the Cavs epic collapse and hoping that the W's current form is more than just a blip!


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:47 PM

Joe Johnson?   :huh:

 

After careful consideration (meaning a few minutes of thought), I think I've got this move figured out.  Morey may be obsessed with 3's and rim shots, but he's not blind to what has happened to us in the post season year after year.  Teams adjust.  They take away those easy looks from deep.  They leave the mid-range open knowing we won't shoot it.  It ends up being our downfall.

 

Now we have the answer.  Chris Paul and Joe Johnson are not only mid-range chuckers---they excel at it.  Even Joe, at 36 and wasting away in Utah, is still hitting solid %'s from mid-range.  This team's most glaring weakness now has a Lamarcus-Aldridge level strength to it.  Leave space for Chris or Joe in the middle and they will knock those down.  We won't really need it until the playoffs, but when it does come up we will be ready.

 

Now, if we can just get Eric Gordon back on track (he's shooting 33% from deep) teams are going to struggle to keep up.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:01 PM

Joe Johnson?   :huh:

 

After careful consideration (meaning a few minutes of thought), I think I've got this move figured out.  Morey may be obsessed with 3's and rim shots, but he's not blind to what has happened to us in the post season year after year.  Teams adjust.  They take away those easy looks from deep.  They leave the mid-range open knowing we won't shoot it.  It ends up being our downfall.

 

Now we have the answer.  Chris Paul and Joe Johnson are not only mid-range chuckers---they excel at it.  Even Joe, at 36 and wasting away in Utah, is still hitting solid %'s from mid-range.  This team's most glaring weakness now has a Lamarcus-Aldridge level strength to it.  Leave space for Chris or Joe in the middle and they will knock those down.  We won't really need it until the playoffs, but when it does come up we will be ready.

 

Now, if we can just get Eric Gordon back on track (he's shooting 33% from deep) teams are going to struggle to keep up.

 

This was my thinking exactly. We can't eliminate the mid-range jumper COMPLETELY. Teams will scheme to take the 3 ball and oop away, but we can counter with CP3 and Iso-Joe on the elbows. Nice play by Morey. 


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:27 PM

This was my thinking exactly. We can't eliminate the mid-range jumper COMPLETELY. Teams will scheme to take the 3 ball and oop away, but we can counter with CP3 and Iso-Joe on the elbows. Nice play by Morey. 

 

Yup, Ryno is also pretty studly from mid-range.  It's like McHale said years ago: "It depends on who's shooting it..."

 

On a side note, we are currently sporting the best point differential in the league (+8.7).  We are .3 ahead of GS and .5 ahead of TOR...no one else is close.


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