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Run it back? What a quieter offseason might look like, led by CP3 and Capela

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What might the 2018 offseason look like for the Rockets and GM Daryl Morey if they’re unable to land another marquee name?

After speculating over high-end scenarios last week (including one show on the LeBron James pursuit and another on possibly pursuing Paul George), our latest two Locked on Rockets podcasts explore smaller-scale options for this summer in the event Morey is unable to land another star player via trade or free agency.

In Tuesday’s show, I reiterate why free agents Chris Paul and Clint Capela should be locks to re-sign in Houston regardless of circumstance — and even if market forces dictate that one or both take “max” contracts in dollars and/or years.

Meanwhile, Monday’s show touches on the potential trade value considerations for guard Eric Gordon and forward Ryan Anderson, as well as Mid-Level Exception (MLE) possibilities and the importance of convincing veteran forward Luc Mbah a Moute to re-sign for the non-Bird tender amount (~$2.8M). By doing so, this could save Houston’s Taxpayer MLE (~$5.3M) for use on external additions. Tune in:

Ben DuBose has covered the Rockets since the 2008-09 season, from the days of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming to the current version led by James Harden and Chris Paul. In the summer of 2016, DuBose began writing about the Rockets for SportsTalk 790 (the team's official flagship radio station) and launched the daily Locked on Rockets podcast. A native of Beaumont, Texas, DuBose is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Houston with his wife and three dogs.

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Why Houston is a better fit for Carmelo Anthony than Oklahoma City

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Bleacher Report‘s Kelly Scaletta joins the show to explain why he believes Carmelo Anthony would be a better fit with the Rockets than the Thunder, led by how Chris Paul and James Harden could be better teammates for Anthony than Russell WestbrookOther topics discussed with Kelly include early reaction to Wednesday’s blockbuster trade sending Kawhi Leonard to Toronto and Demar DeRozan to San Antonio.

The closing segment of the episode examines GM Daryl Morey‘s decision to spurn advances from the Philadelphia 76ers to stay in Houston and why it could speak well to the financial commitment of new owner Tilman J. Fertitta. Tune in:

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On the James Ennis signing and latest Carmelo Anthony rumors

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Wednesday’s show features reaction to Houston’s signing of 28-year-old swingman James Ennis to a minimum contract, along with news of the Rockets remaining in strong position to add Carmelo Anthony.

Karthik Prasad joins me for analysis, including why the defensive-minded Ennis could become one of the steals of 2018 free agency. Tune in:

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On Mbah a Moute’s exit, the likely Melo addition, and Summer League

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Monday’s show explores the departure of forward Luc Mbah a Moute and the sudden need for more perimeter defense; the seemingly imminent addition of Carmelo Anthony; and early Summer League standouts, led by Isaiah Hartenstein. Tune in:

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