Rockets Going Hard After LeBron James?
The Houston Rockets have done well to add superstar power over the past few seasons, as they’ve brought in stud free agents James Harden and Dwight Howard. They might not be done, just yet.
According to Bleacher Report, LeBron James is very much in their sights. Should the game’s best player opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat (which he is firmly expected to do), the Rockets are fully expected to go “all out” in their pursuit to land him.
James is heavily expected to simply re-sign again with the Heat even if he does opt out, but there is still that flicker of a chance that he decides his best chance at winning more NBA championships resides somewhere other than South Beach. After all, Dwyane Wade isn’t the same player he once was, while the Heat’s once deep roster is now filled with aging role players.
After a disappointing 4-1 domination by the hands of the San Antonio Spurs in this year’s Finals, James might have to seriously consider teaming up with some other stars and forming a new “Big Three”.
Howard and Harden could be the perfect duo to help form that fabulous trio, as the Rockets would then have two of the league’s best scoring wing players, as well as it’s best center.
While landing James is a fun thought, it’s still far from a certainty or even all that realistic of a possibility. For Houston to even begin to get serious about bringing James in, they’ll have to find a way to shed the contracts of Jeremy Lin and Omerk Asik. Not only would they have to receive very little back in return, but they’d also be parting ways with two extremely useful role players in the process.
Beyond making room to bring in a big contract, Houston would probably also have to do something to remain attractive from an overall team perspective. While James surely wouldn’t scoff at playing with Harden and Howard, he might not love going to the Rockets if it’s just those three stars and little else. Houston would probably have to find a way to cheaply shore up the rest of their depth on the bench.
None of that will be easy to accomplish, but the fact that the Rockets have already come a long way suggests writing James off as a Houston employee isn’t smart just yet.
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