The Red94 Podcast – Trade Deadline Edition

In today’s episode, I break down some of the possibilities for the Rockets at the trade deadline and the expected rationale behind those moves.

 

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The Daily Blast – February 19, 2013

Tradewatch – The bidding war for Josh Smith is about to get real:

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In his PER Diem (ESPN Insider), Kevin Pelton summed up the position the Rockets are in:

Several of the seven teams noted above must be very careful to weigh the desire to reach the playoffs and make an impact this season against their long-term goals. That’s especially true of young teams like the Rockets and Blazers, which don’t want to sacrifice their future for a small upgrade now. So if they make a trade, it will have to be something that also makes sense going forward.

In other words, they’re looking at draft picks, expiring contracts or a star. Also, if you missed Rahat’s post on why the Rockets might pursue Josh Smith right now, go get caught up.

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Since the season’s start, I’ve maintained that at the trade deadline, the Rockets should stay away from Hawks forward Josh Smith.  I never thought he was worth the money he wanted long-term nor worth the cost of saving money for better opportunities.  I thought though that even if they did want him, they’d be wise to just sign him outright in the summer rather than spending assets during the year.  The thinking was, in my mind, if Houston wanted him as a free agent, he’d surely come.

With some recent developments, my thinking has changed.  As I wrote earlier this morning, there now seems to at least be a plausible chance for the Rockets to lure Dwight Howard this summer.  The Lakers are in a freefall and Howard has voiced his displeasure; meanwhile Houston continues its ascent.

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How Real is Chemisty?

The Rockets have a better record than the Lakers. If anyone had suggested, even after the James Harden trade, that the Rockets would be three and a half games above the Lakers at the All-Star break, they would have rightly been laughed at. Everyone expected the Lakers to make a championship push and the Rockets to fight for a playoff seed at all. The Lakers have as huge a collection of talent as any team in memory, while the Rockets, outside of Harden, are wanting in the star category. The explanation for these teams defying expectations could be many things (such as injury, which has plagued Los Angeles this season), but that intangible thing called chemistry must play a part.

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Huq’s Pen: All-Star weekend, Jordan, Dwight

You saw my videos with former Rockets Robert Horry and Sam Cassell from earlier today in the post before this.  Great, great stuff from those guys and always surreal hearing them talk about those glory days.  I remember being an 11 year old kid and having my world shattered when that ’96 team got swept by the Sonics to end the title run.  I still hate Gary Payton.

Horry and Cassell’s disbelief regarding the move is natural and to be expected.  But to this day, I still think the Barkley trade was the right move.  It did what it was designed to do – it got us past Seattle.  Without Barkley, we don’t get past Seattle.  Charles was a man possessed in that series.  And my contention has always been that after Brent Price went down, had Houston picked up either Kevin Johnson or Tim Hardaway–guys alleged to have been waiting by their phones–they would have advanced to the Finals.  Neither KJ nor Hardaway were defensive stoppers.  But either legend would have been wily enough to at least not be completely torched by John Stockton in the 4th quarter of Game 6, as Matt Maloney was.

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