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@  slick shoes : (12 December 2018 - 09:32 PM) We are now begging for Lakers scraps. My how the tables have turned.
@  slick shoes : (12 December 2018 - 01:36 PM) I'll be happy for Ariza if LA does end up signing him but it makes me sick that he'll go to a team that will probably end up faring better than us simply because we didn't want to ante up on the contract.
@  slick shoes : (11 December 2018 - 04:18 PM) CP's remark about a 7 game series sounds a little entitled as well at this point. Gotta make the playoffs to have a series, my man.
@  Mario Peña : (11 December 2018 - 03:22 PM) Yeah I wonder how hungry the team was this past summer relative to two summers ago. That Bahamas “workout” photo or wherever it was from looked more like a team thinking it would coast to 60 plus wins again.
@  Losthief : (10 December 2018 - 03:44 AM) p.s. the mirrors to our last run to the western finals is worrisome, we sucked the next year as well, then fired Mchale and jettisoned Howard.
@  Losthief : (10 December 2018 - 03:43 AM) @redfaithful y you gotta say things that hurt me...not that they are not true...just painful haha.
@  redfaithful : (09 December 2018 - 01:33 PM) If the Suns weren't in rebuild mode, the Rockets would be (rightfully) last in the west
@  thejohnnygold : (08 December 2018 - 06:55 PM) Meanwhile, Robert Covington, Marcus Morris, and Montrezl Harrell are out there being the exact players we need...for other teams.
@  slick shoes : (07 December 2018 - 01:44 PM) Who are we as a team any more? I don't think everyone has a firm grasp on their role within the system.
@  Mario Peña : (07 December 2018 - 06:46 AM) These Rockets will be lucky to make the playoffs and if they do getting to the second round would be something. It’s time to consider maintenance for CP3 instead of overplaying him.
@  slick shoes : (04 December 2018 - 03:33 PM) Gotta play Brandon Knight a few games before then.
@  thejohnnygold : (04 December 2018 - 03:28 PM) I have a hunch that Dec. 15th can't get here soon enough for Morey.
@  DenverRocket : (27 November 2018 - 01:22 AM) Jeez, our rotation is screwed without CP3. MCW seems to have forgotten how to play basketball. Hopefully, Brandon Knight can get fit soon.
@  Losthief : (22 November 2018 - 11:42 AM) depends on what we have to give up. He be a good fit in our system tho
@  slick shoes : (20 November 2018 - 06:56 PM) Any of you guys intrigued by Otto Porter Jr.? I know he has a pretty steep price tag but we were going to give up four first rounders and two players anyway....
@  redfaithful : (19 November 2018 - 09:26 AM) Crazy season: the difference in the L column between the first in the west (4 teams with 5 Ls) to #11-13 (3 teams with 8 Ls) is only 3...
@  Mario Peña : (16 November 2018 - 02:36 AM) That’s cool!
@  DenverRocket : (15 November 2018 - 10:46 PM) It was awesome. My boys loved it, got Clint's autograph, and lots of high fives by the tunnel.
@  Mario Peña : (14 November 2018 - 09:48 PM) I’m sure that was a great game to see live!
@  slick shoes : (14 November 2018 - 01:30 PM) I believe Talib took the jersey home. Looks like the ball is starting to finally go in for the boys in red. Couldn't have come soon enough.

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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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