Houston We Have A Problem: A Rockets Trade For A TitleBy Shane R
The Houston Rockets looked primed and ready for an NBA Finals run the last few years, but have run into the Golden State Warriors dropping them down a peg. With the Warriors basement-dwelling this year due to injuries, the Rockets did not stay pat. They traded away premiere center Clint Capela to play more small ball. Additionally, they traded Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook. The trades have had a mixed result and the Rockets are still looking for that boost in the 2020-2021 season.
No matter how the Rockets do to finish up the 2020-2021 season, they are going to need some help in the front line. Why not bring in former all-star Kevin Love. A James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Love would be a sweet big three. But, how could this get done?
Well, to make the money work, the Rockets would have to let some of their depth and starting line-up go. Love is on a pretty big contract, so the Rockets would have to give Robert Covington, P.J. Tucker, Danuel House Jr, and a 1st-round pick. This way, the Rockets could have a premiere shooter and rebounder in Love playing undersized center at the power forward position.
The rest of the lineup could be Westbrook, Harden, Eric Gordon, and small forward Ben McLemore. McLemore has had a breakout season, and the floor would be even more spread for him and his teammates. Since the Rockets constantly look to go up and down the court as quickly as possible, the veteran Love may need some time getting acclimated, but the situation would be a whole lot better for him in Houston than it is currently in Cleveland.