I figure we can use this thread as a general off season thread to get us to October.
While the odds aren't looking good for us to get LBJ or PG-13, there are a lot of other possibilities out there--some good, many bad, all worth discussing.
I'll get to my favorite in a second, but first, it's becoming tradition:
"Steve Kyler: Undrafted Louisville forward Deng Adel will play Summer League with the Houston Rockets, might be one of the best-undrafted defenders in the class."
Apparently, Morey is convinced that if we take every Louisville forward one of them will work out.
I still wish we had Harrell--really liked him. Maybe we can get him back.
Now, let's dive into some off season fun.
Who thinks we'd be better off with....Carmelo Anthony.
You know OKC doesn't want him and they are in desperate need of outside shooting. We could send them Ryno and sign+trade Ariza to make the deal work. We get 1 year of Melo (who then comes off the books in a year with a sterling FA class). He might still have something left and I still think he is a small-ball option at center that, if engaged, would be a nightmare. Imagine Draymond with a sweet shooting stroke. I know, Melo hasn't been Melo in some time, but worst case scenario is we free up $28M in cap space for next season.
Meanwhile, we ditch Ryno who has fallen out of the rotation and you can't pay someone $20M to ride the pine. Odds are we weren't keeping Ariza so the sign+trade works for him.
OKC would be intriguing next year. Picture Westbrook, PG-13 (who seems likely to stay put), Ariza, Anderson, and Steven Adams along with P-Pat, Roberson, Jerami Grant, etc. That's a very strong defensive team and now the 3 pt. shooting is starting to come around.
I'm sure I'll catch a lot of flack for even mentioning Carmelo's name, but it's more for the fun of the conversation. I'd be willing to roll the dice considering the cost/benefit of it all.
Another interesting acquisition could be Eric Bledsoe. I believe Milwaukee wants to move him and I think we could get him straight up for Ariza (sign+trade). Milwaukee loves length and Ariza gives them another lanky defender who can space the floor.
Brogdon, Snell, Ariza, Middleton, and Antetokounmpo is a fascinating line-up. Plus, they've got Maker, Henson, and possibly Jabari Parker (though they might pass due to his injury history). I really think they are the right coach away from giving the East serious competition.
Bledsoe gives us a solid bench captain who can help alleviate the "let-down" when Harden/CP3 aren't on the floor. He's all about getting to the rim, drawing fouls, and can shoot the 3 well enough (when assisted, he is lethal from the corners).
Ignoring the LBJ/PG stuff, the Rockets still have issues to resolve this off season. Namely: Ryno and Ariza...and a little bit CP3. Further, I have little doubt someone doesn't offer Capela a hefty contract just to mess with us.
It's gonna be a long Summer....what's everyone else thinking?