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:
Why Houston is a better fit for Carmelo Anthony than Oklahoma City
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 Westbrook. Other 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:
On the James Ennis signing and latest Carmelo Anthony rumors
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:
On Mbah a Moute’s exit, the likely Melo addition, and Summer League
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: