Thanks for the ride, Houston Rockets

  • To begin, it was pretty disappointing to see how many people left the game before the final buzzer sounded.  By the 1 minute mark, 75% of the arena had emptied out.  On a Friday night, on the last game of the season, I thought it would have been a nice gesture to stick around until the end and give a show of appreciation to the team for exceeding all expectations, making the playoffs and almost forcing a Game 7.  But in Houston, it wasn’t to be.
  • From the get-go, it was deafening in Toyota Center.  For maybe the first time I can remember, everyone had already arrived before tipoff and was standing.  When Kendrick Perkins and Francisco Garcia had to be separated on what was pretty much the very first play of the game, it was enough for the capacity crowd to completely lose it.  Things stayed that way until the 4th.
  • Speaking of that incident, it’s amazing to think just how drastically the mental makeup of this team changed with the insertion of Beverley and Garcia into the lineup.  I know many of you will disagree, but I don’t think Houston would have pushed this thing to 6 without the change in attitude provided by these two men.  Talent prevails above everything, but sometimes, the opponent just has to know that you’re not backing down and will be delivering the first blow.
  • Unless he signs for the minimum, this was probably the last game for Francisco Garcia as a Houston Rocket.  Included as a throw-in to the Thomas Robinson trade, ‘Cisco provided one of the more memorable–certainly the most unexpected–playoff performances in Rockets history.  His leadership and gutsiness will sorely be missed.
  • I had to do a double-take when I saw Omer Asik get in Kevin Durant’s face.
  • What makes this loss so difficult to swallow is that it came at the contributions of the two most irritating Thunder players, Kevin Martin and Derek Fisher.
  • The Rockets lost this game because they didn’t have Carlos Delfino.  It’s as simple as that.  Once the wheels started sputtering in the fourth, the lack of that one extra rifle was clearly evident; they just didn’t have the firepower.  It sounds odd, but we really took him for granted this season.  Delfino, too, may have played his last game with the team if his salary slot is needed to bring in a bigger fish.
  • Jeremy Lin, again, was a non-factor, going 1-4 in his 13 minutes for an overall -18 contribution to the team.  Several of you tweeted at me correlating his performance with the loss, but I’m not sure that’s entirely fair.  Greg Smith, too, was a -16 and he shared the court with Lin.  But while Lin may not be solely to blame, he certainly didn’t give the team anything of any positive value tonight or at any point in this series.  Aside from his lack of individual contributions, the team just looked overall out of sync during his time on the floor.  After these playoffs, there will certainly be debate and ample time for it: Lin played pretty well in the regular season, but at $8 million, and with a pretty capable alternative signed at the league minimum, is he really the guy going forward?
  • The other main development of the night was that Chris Paul’s Clippers were also sent home early.  With the season over, the speculation can now begin.  If Paul and Howard want immortality, and their own Big 3, they can have it here in Houston, with James Harden.  But how badly do they want it?

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  • feelingsupersonic says 1 YEAR ago I agree with you johnnygold turnovers were the killer but also you can't just go cold and expect to win in the playoffs. Top and bottom Oklahoma City are the better team and the Rockets really had no realistic chance to defeat the Thunder. It was a great run considering the lack of depth and experience.
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago

    Glad you see it my way.

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  • Steven says 1 YEAR ago

    Well I guess hindsight is 20-20. Certainly D-Mo, Robinson, and Jones would have shut down OKC on defense and lit it up on offense. McHale should have played them so that we would win out and advance to the second round. Come on, man....

    BTW, it was the guard play of Jackson, Martin, and Fisher during that stretch that led to the lead. Smith made 2 of the 7 total points the Rockets got during that stretch--the problem was turnovers and missed shots by everyone else.


    Glad you see it my way.
  • NYerinCalifornia says 1 YEAR ago

    I'm a former NY Knicks fan, caught Linsanity, then left Knicks to become a Rockets fan. It's clear to me that while Lin struggled at times in his first full year in the league/ as a starter, the dude was been a winner at every level. The core of Lin/Parsons/ harden/Asik is incredible and if Morrey gives them time, could be the next OKC and more. Russell Westbrook was awful his first year, and they stuck with him. I don't think Lin has the upside of Westbrook, but he's got huge upside, and he's a hard worker, as are all that core. Lin was the starting pg leading the team to playoffs, an overachievement for the youngest team in the NBA. This was also Asik and Hardens first year as starters. We do NOT need Dwight, he's immature, and not a team player, leave well enough alone and let them develop. Beverley is an awesome energy guy and will be a great 6th man, he doesn't handle the ball well enough to be a starter and fouls way too much. Lotsa upside here. It's time to trust that and pretty much leave well enough alone- there is something to chemistry. Even the Heat, with all their Stars couldn't win it all in year one because of lack of chemistry.
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago

    JG, he had viable backups. McHale chose to not play them. Any of D-Mo, Robinson, or Jones were all better backups then Smith. Maybe if given a chance one of those three would have at least not had a -16 in 7 minutes costing the team a game 7.

    Well I guess hindsight is 20-20. Certainly D-Mo, Robinson, and Jones would have shut down OKC on defense and lit it up on offense. McHale should have played them so that we would win out and advance to the second round. Come on, man....

    BTW, it was the guard play of Jackson, Martin, and Fisher during that stretch that led to the lead. Smith made 2 of the 7 total points the Rockets got during that stretch--the problem was turnovers and missed shots by everyone else.

  • feelingsupersonic says 1 YEAR ago

    So if you think that a player has all-star potential then they're a devotee? Obviously I'm a Rockets fan and I think that the best way for the Rockets to develop into a contender is to have Lin/Parsons/Harden/Asik take huge strides forward. You disagree about Lin having potential to be an all-star. To each his own. I have doubts about whether Asik will ever be an all-star with his struggles to even catch the ball. I have doubts about Harden ever being able to play defense. But I don't dismiss people who think otherwise by calling them fringe fanatics/devotees.

    Take it easy there. Sorry timetodienow but that wasn't directed at you. In fact "Lin devotees" was a phrase Rahat used recently last Thursday on his piece Lin, McHale, and a '95 Memory and I decided it was the most polite way to classify those fans in response to what miketheodio had written which I clearly quoted. I actually had not seen your post as I had only gotten as far as the bottom of page 1 and then responded.

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    @kevingan

    totally disagree............welcome to the forum :rolleyes:d-12 in LA was not the d-12 in Orlando....that's very true. however he was coming off major back surgery. he only began to get healthy after the allstar break. d-12 is hands down the best center in the league when healthy. is he a cry baby?....yeah. does he change his mind like most people change underwear?.....yeah. is he immature......yeah.......all of that stuff is true. however here are a couple of other things that are true also............even in a down year for him he still lead the league in rebounds while averaging 17 points a game. he still commands a double team on the block. when he is on his game he shuts down the paint for the opposing team forcing them to rely on jump shots more often than not. he is 28 and still very much in his prime...........yes I hate the free throw shooting to, but for what he adds to every other part of the game i'll take it without a second thought.

  • kevingan says 1 YEAR ago

    As we go forward, I have to say I hope we don't get Dwight Howard as the missing piece. I live in the LA area, I see a lot of Laker games, and what I see is an enormous physical talent who has a rather bizarre, immature personality, and who, frankly, just doesn't seem terribly bright, since he has trouble reacting to changing strategies teams throw at him; his offensive game is also extremely limited, especially given his physical talent.

    I suppose his arrival is not that likely anyway--but I'm happy about that.

    My preferred scenario would be to trade some of the pileup at PF for an established scoring player with skills; hell, I'd even take the last couple years of Pau Gasol! And have Terence Jones and DMo as his backup, watch them develop, because they could both in their different styles bring a lot to the party in a few years.

    With PF in place that way, and a solid backup to Asik (I wouldn't give up on Greg Smith, but it would be great to have an experienced backup too), then you have a chance to model a team on the new model Miami Heat: Harden growing into the LeBron role on the high block, where he can shoot, drive, pass, and rebound; Lin on the other side dishing and driving like Wade; Parsons in the Battier role of shooting 3s and playing great defense; the new skills PF in the Bosh role (which is crucial for that team); and center basically as a defensive position, the way the heat use Andersen and Haslem. Dominate the paint, get tons of points on the break as well.

    For that to work, Lin needs to upgrade his ball handling and shooting, so this summer and next season will tell a lot; but I think he's capable of it, and court vision like his has a lot of upside, especially if Asik works on catching the ball, which he's shown signs of doing. I think this kind of balance would help Harden too, because he really slipped from tiredness and nagging injuries the last couple of months. But this model seems to me more like what the Rockets were working their way towards in the month after the All-Star break when they played so well.

  • Steven says 1 YEAR ago JG, he had viable backups. McHale chose to not play them. Any of D-Mo, Robinson, or Jones were all better backups then Smith. Maybe if given a chance one of those three would have at least not had a -16 in 7 minutes costing the team a game 7.
  • Richards says 1 YEAR ago

    Did anybody notice that all 3 PG provide total of 1 assist while Harden dish 7 dimes. Only PG like fisher could do well along side Harden. Or like Bev, concentrating more on defense than managing floor and scoring.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago

    I've come around on Mchale. While I don't think he's a quality coach, I no longer think he's a detriment to our team. I wish that we could get Phil because I think running the triangle with Harden/Lin/Parsons and especially if we got Love would be unstoppable. But putting that fantasy aside, Mchale is the best coach available. He's in year 3. If there aren't drastic improvements next year in regards to rotations, etc... then it will be time to make a change. But for now, he's earned another year at least.

  • Cooper says 1 YEAR ago Yeah Johnny makes a very good point it's not mchales fault that smith was in the game. You have to have 5 guys on the court and asik can't play 48min, so we don't have a backup c? Not mchales fault the core of this team was put toghether just last year and there is obviously flaws and depth issues as with any team that is just being constructed. Is mchale a good coach? Idk we made the playoffs which is more than I expected but to fire him based off having to play Greg smith seems silly.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago

    No one is arguing that. The problem is we don't have a viable back up--that is Morey's fault, not McHale's. So, if you want to call for someone's head that is the one to call for. Instead, try to recognize that Smith was the best option and he tried his best. This Summer I envision The Rockets filling these gaps in the roster.

    As for Jeremy Lin--seems a bit reactionary. Jeremy Lin is not why we aren't going to the second round of the playoffs. He is a developing player. To look at him in a static manner is a mistake. As mentioned by others, trading him for value would be extremely difficult at this point. He still has lots of room to improve so let's sit back and watch him do it.

    Some of you guys act like Chandler Parsons didn't post a 4-11, 7-23, and 4-12 in this series with a couple of 5 turnover games. Guess we better send him packing. Patrick Beverley posted a 4-10, 3-10, and 4-11 in three of Houston's losses. Better get rid of him too! James Harden shot 39% from the field for the series. Out you go! Do I sound ridiculous? Exactly....

    We just played the #1 seed (Westbrook or no Westbrook that's a good team) as an incredibly young, first-time playoff team....what exactly were you expecting....? We did awesome. Next year, we'll be even better.

    Exactly. But there's a lot more hatred towards Lin. I can understand that just like there are some crazy fanatics about Lin, there are just as many, if not more, people who hate Lin. Parsons doesn't get as much love, hence not as much hate.

  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago

    And in the 7 minutes he played the Rockets went from up like 5 to down 5 against the Thunder's scrubs. In the first game others were missing shots, but Smith was outmatched. Everytime he stepped on the court it was 4 vs 5. At least Perkins gave the Thunder some grit an toughness. Smith gave them nothing.

    No one is arguing that. The problem is we don't have a viable back up--that is Morey's fault, not McHale's. So, if you want to call for someone's head that is the one to call for. Instead, try to recognize that Smith was the best option and he tried his best. This Summer I envision The Rockets filling these gaps in the roster.

    As for Jeremy Lin--seems a bit reactionary. Jeremy Lin is not why we aren't going to the second round of the playoffs. He is a developing player. To look at him in a static manner is a mistake. As mentioned by others, trading him for value would be extremely difficult at this point. He still has lots of room to improve so let's sit back and watch him do it.

    Some of you guys act like Chandler Parsons didn't post a 4-11, 7-23, and 4-12 in this series with a couple of 5 turnover games. Guess we better send him packing. Patrick Beverley posted a 4-10, 3-10, and 4-11 in three of Houston's losses. Better get rid of him too! James Harden shot 39% from the field for the series. Out you go! Do I sound ridiculous? Exactly....

    We just played the #1 seed (Westbrook or no Westbrook that's a good team) as an incredibly young, first-time playoff team....what exactly were you expecting....? We did awesome. Next year, we'll be even better.

  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago

    So if you think that a player has all-star potential then they're a devotee? Obviously I'm a Rockets fan and I think that the best way for the Rockets to develop into a contender is to have Lin/Parsons/Harden/Asik take huge strides forward. You disagree about Lin having potential to be an all-star. To each his own. I have doubts about whether Asik will ever be an all-star with his struggles to even catch the ball. I have doubts about Harden ever being able to play defense. But I don't dismiss people who think otherwise by calling them fringe fanatics/devotees.

  • feelingsupersonic says 1 YEAR ago

    i dont understand the lin love. people talk about him like he is already an allstar caliber PG. at least 1/3 of his performances are subpar. he seems average. he definitely has pressure on him next season to perform consistently and handle the ball better..



    (The Lin devotees are here to stay and some of them I would not describe as Rocket fans first. Sometime this past season I went to a Lin fan site and it was pretty amazing what passed as basketball conversation there. The Lin fans think he could be an all star and all that, whatever, if that is your cuppa tea then each unto their own.)
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago

    I don't love Lin, but I don't blindly ignore his good points and just point out his flaws. I believe that right now, he's better than Beverley. I believe that he has the better ceiling also. But as to the fact that he preformed subpar this year and in the playoffs, you're absolutely right. Does that mean I'm ready to throw him away for nothing in return? No. And don't delude yourselves into thinking we could get anything in return for Lin. His salary will count a lot against the team that signs him. We might only get a 2nd round pick, if that, or worse be forced to take on additional salary. Think about how hard it would be to get free agents if we traded away guys we just signed? That's my problem with guys talking about signing Smith/Millsap and trading them for a superstar who's contract is ending. Why would that guy re-sign with us if our policy is to trade away guys??? I agree that if a significant upgrade is available like Paul, we go for it, but for a Jose Calderon? No.

    I'm not a Lin lover, but I can clearly recognize when people hate on Lin and don't give viable alternatives. Beverley cannot be a starting point guard in this league. We all saw how fatigued Harden got when he tried to be the point guard this season. He needs someone to spell him and that person is either Lin or not on our roster yet.

  • miketheodio says 1 YEAR ago

    i dont understand the lin love. people talk about him like he is already an allstar caliber PG. at least 1/3 of his performances are subpar. he seems average. he definitely has pressure on him next season to perform consistently and handle the ball better.

    anyways im happy the rockets didn't get swept. the games were close. more room for growth and no longer a boarderline playoff team. this is going to be an interesting off season. hopefully morey continues to make great moves. i actually have hope with this team. haven't had that since hakeem was on the court.

  • feelingsupersonic says 1 YEAR ago Once again 2016 I agree with you on that excitement level. Red Nation has invaded my house lately, between all the basketball I am tuned into and my 3 year old running around screaming "Fear the beard!" it's an exciting time for sure.
  • khyberjones says 1 YEAR ago

    I think drawing conclusions from the OKC series is flawed. They won 2 games because Westbrook was out and it took time for OKC to figure out how to play together without him. Harden also had a bad series except for 1 game. Beverley was ineffective except for 1 game. Garcia was great but will not be on the team next year.

    Rockets should unload Beverley and let Lin run the point for the year. At 5.25 million, he is a relative bargain at the position for the production value he gives and the wins he helped get for the team this year. The only way for the Rockets to know whether they want to build with him long-term is to let him have the PG role next year full time without having to fight for minutes. That's the only way for the Rockets to make a fair evaluation of him long-term and determine whether to keep the third year contract intact, restructure it, or amnesty him.
  • 2016Champions says 1 YEAR ago

    I haven't felt thisexcitedabout being a Rockets fan since I was a kid. Thanks for making me a kid again! All we need to do is grow, the league is ouroyster :)

  • blakecouey says 1 YEAR ago

    Great season. Im bummed about the loss, but it's easier to take knowing we could've just as easily been swept. I must say I lost a lot of respect for the Thunder during this postseason, due to all the BS and hard fouls that were unneccesary(I'm biased though, and I'm sure our guys gave them a few bruises as well). As for the season, we made huge strides. We've got a team now that gels to a point, even though there are still a few cracks to fix, but hopefully that will be fixed in the offseason.

    We've got a lot to do this offseason, although it should be easier now than past years, since we've got our superstar locked up. Hoping that we can make some headlines and be even more of a contender next season.

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    after settling down from last night and reflecting on the season.....I agree with rahat.....thanks for the ride. there is plenty of time to debate moves for next year.......we have a whole summer while the astro's bore us to death :wacko:this team has exceeded anything I had hoped for at the beginning. I'm even starting to have hope McHale can figure it out :rolleyes:watching this young roster grow and mature had it's highs and lows, but never lacked for excitement. the return of the playoffs to Houston and reintroduction of Houston on the national scene was sweet. nice to hear us as part of the conversation for a change. even if we did go fishing last night :lol:I wonder what Charles and Kenny will cook up on that one? :rolleyes:pride is the feeling I most enjoy at this point. I can't wait for next season.........HOUSTON WE GOT THE ROCKETS AND THE TEXANS.........2 OUT OF 3 AIN'T BAD

  • feelingsupersonic says 1 YEAR ago I used to be on the side of giving Lin more time as a Rocket but I am about fifty fifty on him now, I think. I agree with Rahat he was a non factor and to me he is quickly becoming a contract. Lin's contract seems more valuable than his play which Beverley and some other point guard could possibly replace. As far as Les' pocketbook goes trading away Lin and his value as a commodity can be quickly forgotten with the Rockets transformation into an exciting winner. Perhaps you miss some of the Lin leadership/comraderie component but you get enough leadership from Harden and Parsons for it not to really make a difference. Maybe he needs more time here but then again maybe time to cut the cord, Lin's contract is an albatross going forward.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago

    I thought it was funny that you mentioned Lin as being pretty bad. He was. But to say that he made ZERO positive contributions??? He made a great defensive play and set his teammate up for an easy assist, his teammate just missed it. But that was a poor play. If you're saying that overall, he didn't elevate his team, I would agree with you. But you're coming across as a Lin detractor rather than an objective commentator. He struggled and NEEDS to improve, but to say that he didn't have any positive impact is stretching the truth.

  • Steven says 1 YEAR ago

    What would you have him do....Run Asik into the ground. Smith played 7 minutes...the exact amount of time Asik rested. And if you're going to use the first game as a barometer then none of the Rockets are good enough...



    And in the 7 minutes he played the Rockets went from up like 5 to down 5 against the Thunder's scrubs. In the first game others were missing shots, but Smith was outmatched. Everytime he stepped on the court it was 4 vs 5. At least Perkins gave the Thunder some grit an toughness. Smith gave them nothing.
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago

    McHale should be fired. It was clear in the first game that Greg Smith was not athletic or talented enough to play against the Thunder. But there in the second quarter the Thunder make a run because Smith is on the court.

    What would you have him do....Run Asik into the ground. Smith played 7 minutes...the exact amount of time Asik rested. And if you're going to use the first game as a barometer then none of the Rockets are good enough...

  • Steven says 1 YEAR ago McHale should be fired. It was clear in the first game that Greg Smith was not athletic or talented enough to play against the Thunder. But there in the second quarter the Thunder make a run because Smith is on the court.
  • khyberjones says 1 YEAR ago

    I thought Lin played well defensively. He was much better than Beverley. Offensively, he only had 4 shots and didn't really get to run the team. He had a nice block/steal off of Durant, handled Jackson and doubled nicely off of him, a potential assist blocked at the rim by Ibaka and 1 turnover. The Rockets need to learn the right lessons from this series in order to advance as a team. Here is my take:

    PG spot - IMO, Beverley was exposed for his limitations. In 4 full games as a starter, he only played well in 1. He was poor in game 6, average at best in game 5, good in game 4 and poor in game 3. He had barely any assists, did not shoot particularly well and could not really run the offense. He also was outmatched on defense by Jackson and Westbrook. He was outplayed by a role player. He's a good free safety on defense, but is not a good one on one defender and not a great scorer/shooter. Lin has proven that he is much better. But the Rockets now need to commit. Do they want to give Lin the same recognition that they give to Parsons or Asik or do they want to move on? Do they want to allow him to play his game, or are they going to continue to force him to play off the ball and let Harden go Iso? Will he have to compete for minutes and sit on the bench even when he goes through 4 games in a row of 20 pts and 6 assists? They need to make that decision. I think he has improved tremendously as an off the ball player while also improving on his NY stats. If they don't believe in him, then they should trade him.

    SG - Harden was an all-star for the first 3.5 months of the season, but played poorly in the last 2.5 months of the year. He will improve and has earned his place as a #1 guy. He is not an effective ISO player when his 3 pt shot isn't falling. He is not Carmelo Anthony and he is not the athlete that Westbrook and Durant are. He needs help and that's why Lin was so important to the playoff run.

    SF - Parsons really made great strides. He showed an ability to get his own shot towards the end of the season that was impressive and took the leadership role from Harden in Game 4 of the playoffs when Harden was struggling.

    PF - It's a logjam there and no one really stood out. There's talent there to be developed but any trade or free agent they get will need to fill that spot.

    C - Asik had a nice year. He's definitely a good rebounder. Average offensively but he can get his share of points.

    Coaching - McHale did well in the playoff series but overall I think another coach might be better suited to take the team to the next level. I don't think he handled the PF or PG spots well and he allowed Harden to do too much ISO. He also was very mercurial in his use of Asik at times. All in all, the team would've benefitted from a more consistent lineup and approach to the game. I don't ultimately think the Beverley experiment helped the Rockets. He didn't add much value in the playoffs and took minutes from Lin and encouraged more isolation plays. Stan Van Gundy would be a better choice.

  • bob schmidt says 1 YEAR ago


    Wanted to add my voice thanking the Rockets for giving us an exciting and unexpected year of great basketball. The coaches and players should be celebrated for their achievements this season. There will be an appropriate time and place to consider potential changes for next season, right now I hope that everyone enjoys 'being in the moment' of unexpected success.

    In addition, Rahat and his staff of contributors deserve recognition for their dedication to providing a great resource to the Rocket fans. Thanks guys, your time and professionalism is greatly appreciated. Next year should be a lot of fun, and I hope every single contributor returns to feed our hunger for info on the Rockets.

  • wph342711 says 1 YEAR ago

    This has got to be one of the most anticipated and crucial offseasons for the Rockets in recent memory. So many questions left unanswered - who are we going to get to pair with Harden, is Lin a longterm pg solution, what do we do with the role players who had great playoff performances, what do we do with the lack of firepower off the bench, who in the hell is our PF of the future? But isn't it amazing how the tone of this uncertainty is changed by the simple fact that we have a franchise player to build around and a couple of key role pieces in place already (Asik, Parsons, etc)? With Harden in place, these unanswered questions change from an exhausting laundry list of problems to an exciting mental exercise in possibilities and permutations. Looking forward to it.

    Thanks to the editors and writers of Red94.

  • PKM says 1 YEAR ago

    Definitely would like to thank Rahat for taking me on and everyone else for writing - I got lucky in that I got to write about a lot of great games, like the Utah blowout, the Thunder win, the Golden State 3-point game, and clinching the playoffs. Feel like Red94 has grown over the past year, now that Houston's prospects are looking up.

  • Stephen says 1 YEAR ago

    A great season.

    Can't sleep so following on Rahat's CP3 and Howard question.

    Big 3 not happening,but it could almost.

    Clips have to agree to a sign-n-trade of Paul for Lin,Asik(they only count as actual $5.2mil salary to Clips for trade purposes),Robinson and one of Royce/Jones/D-Mo. Howard and Paul agree to "only" sign for $18mil. Garcia,Delfino,Brooks,Anderson,Olbrecht waived. Cap has to rise to $60mil as expected.

    Rockets would end up w/Paul,Harden,Parsons,Howard,Bevery,2 of Royce/Jones/D-Mo and Smith. 8 players,@ $55mil in salary,and another $2mil in less than 12 players on roster Cap Holds.(As players are signed,the roughly $500,000 Cap Hold for that roster spot disappears.) Plus the new MLE. You could sign a player to a $3mil deal,the 2nd Pick and a Vet Min/cheap young FA,use most of the MLE on a player and have $$500 left for a min and a portion of MLE left.

    Doable,but really tough.

    OR...

    Sign-n-Trade Lin,Harden for CP3.

    Move Asik to Portland for TPE and whoever they agree to pick at #10.

    Waive Garcia,Brooks,Albrecht,Anderson.

    Sign Howard.

    Paul,Parsons,Howard,DelFino,Beverly,Robinson,Royce,Jones,D-Mo,Smith,#10,2nd. @ $4mil in Cap room and the MLE to find a SG(assuming one wasn't drafted.)

    Or trade the #10(or one of Robinson/D-Mo/Jones) and TPE generated by Cap space for Courtney Lee(who surprisingly hasn't meshed in Boston.) Let's say Boston likes D-Mo.

    Paul,Lee,Parsons,Smith/Jones/Robinson,Howard and Beverly,Delfino,Smith/Robinson/Jones,Royce,#10,the 2nd,MLE wing and min Vet.

  • Forrest Walker says 1 YEAR ago

    As stultifying as that loss was, it's a good time to be a Rockets fan. This season was tremendous. It was great.
  • Dan G says 1 YEAR ago

    I second supersonic's comment. It was a great season and it's nice to finally have something concrete to debate about after years of mediocrity.
  • feelingsupersonic says 1 YEAR ago

    Thank you to you Rahat for keeping the Rockets conversation interesting this past season and thanks to all the contributing writers at Red94 as well.