Report: Rockets to pursue Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge, looking to trade Terrence Jones
So, of course, the Rockets are interested.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Hearing ever-aggressive Rockets are plotting ways to try to crash this summer's free-agent chases for both Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 25, 2015
To that end also hearing that the Rockets are likely to try to trade Terrence Jones as part of today's draft proceedings— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 25, 2015
Let’s say the Rockets:
- Trade Terrence Jones without taking any salary in return
- Renounce all their free agents, including Patrick Beverley and K.J. McDaniels
- Waive Kostas Papanikolaou (unguaranteed) and Pablo Prigioni (partially guaranteed)
They’d still project to have just $12 million in cap space – well below the $19 million max for Love and Aldridge.
Signing one of those star power forwards would almost certainly mean dealing Trevor Ariza, and it would probably require sacrificing significant depth, too.
And that might be worth it. Either Love or Aldridge would complement James Harden and Dwight Howard well. Then, Houston could recoup depth when the salary cap spikes in 2016, providing more flexibility.
It’s an easy plan to get behind. It’s just much harder to execute, though bank on Daryl Morey trying.