I am happy to eat a bit of humble pie on this one especially if the Rockets keep winning. I was thinking Dragic and losing Jones might not be the end of the world as Smith does a lot that TJones does. That was until Dragic didn't want us then I lost interest. I still can not believe how well Jones and Smith play together. It makes very little sense to me. I know Greg Monroe is quite a different type of player but why is the two power forward thing working for us when it was a disaster for Detroit.
See, there are some reasonable people willing to re-think the trade deadline 10 days later.
To answer the question as to why the 2 power forward things working better for the Rockets now while it was a disaster in Detroit, my opinion is that you can't really compare apples to oranges. Detroit was requiring Josh Smith to play SF minutes while on the court with Drummond and Greg Monroe. I can't remember where I read it, perhaps over at DreamShake, but there was excellent analysis there pointing out Josh Smith has played a grand total of 0 minutes at SF since arriving to Houston. Due to D12's injury, Josh has actually played some minutes at the 5.
OK, so think about this for a minute, what if the Rockets had traded away one of Motiejunas and T Jones as part of the deal to bring Dragic back to Houston? Wouldn't that have severely weakened Houston's frontcourt for the remainder of this season with the uncertainty of D12's injury and the unknown of how much longer he will be out? And who knows if D12 will be back to 100% until after the season and playoffs? And further, with the uncertainty of whether Josh Smith will be back with the Rockets next season, by trading a valuable frontcourt player for Dragic, the repurcussions could have even been greater next season with only D12 and one of Motiejunas and Terrance Jones returning.
Did anybody notice how many minutes Dorsey played in the Cleveland game? 0.
I believe the Rockets frontcourt rotation of D12 (when healthy), Motiejunas, T Jones and Josh Smith is as good as any in the league. Certainly the combos of Blake Griffin and D Jordan, Marc Gasol and Zack Randolph, Pau Gasol and J Noah, Aldridge and Lopez and others I am sure I missed, are no doubt "better" or "as good as" than the Rockets. However, none of those teams can go 4-deep with their frontcourt with as much consistency and production than the Rockets in my opinion.
Finally, why gamble by trading for Dragic who made it quite clear that he only wanted to play for Miami, Knicks or Lakers going forward? Dragic was clearly unhappy in Phoenix this season playing off the ball, in fact playing some minutes at SF. Think about that for a second, Dragic playing SF when he is at his best with the ball in his hands? The Rockets don't need a ball dominant PG playing alongside James Harden, that is just a disaster waiting to happen. And to trade away one of our young frontcourt players and the lottery pick (assuming New Orleans misses the playoffs this season), for likely a 3-month rental of a player like Dragic that is just not suited for our team makes absolutely no sense.
I understand the desire to "go for it, push all your chips and win a title now". Or at least, give our team the best opportunity to succeed. It made total sense for Morey to gamble and let Parsons test free agency last summer knowing there was a solid chance one of Bosh or Carmelo could join the Rockets in free agency then the Rockets could have matched any offer, no matter how ridiculous, to have the core of Harden, D12, Bosh/Carmelo and Parsons.
In my opinion, just totally the opposite with trading for Dragic and hoping somehow to re-sign him.
Edited by rocketrick, 02 March 2015 - 10:30 PM.