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Report: Rockets to pursue Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge, looking to trade Terrence Jones

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PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 04: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers battles for position with Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter of the game at Moda Center on November 4, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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Kevin Love opted out. LaMarcus Aldridge seems increasingly likely to leave Portland.

So, of course, the Rockets are interested.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

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.