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After waiving forward Danuel House Jr., it appears as if the Houston Rockets’ roster transactions are far from over. First reported by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Cronicle, the opening of that roster spot is an indication of “the Rockets seeking a trade this week, a person with knowledge of the team’s plans said.”
Winning 65 games and running away with the Western Conference last season, the Rockets may have been a healthy Chris Paul away from getting to the finals. Finishing among the top 10 teams in the league in both offense (1st) and defense (7th), James Harden and Chris Paul had multiple reasons to hold their heads high heading into the offseason.
It wasn’t the most eventful summer for Houston, but the front office did allow two of the team’s best defenders in Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza depart via free agency. Though the repercussions haven’t been quite as extreme on offense (7th in OFFRTG), Houston has plummeted to 24th in the league defensively.
The acquisition of Carmelo Anthony was initially met with mixed reviews. Lasting just 10 games with the team and shooting 40.5% from the field, the former All-Star failed to provide the type of impact Houston wanted. When combined with lackluster effort on the defensive end, the Rockets decided it was best let Anthony go back in November.
Amidst an 11-12 start to the season, depseration is starting to creep up in H-Town. General Manager Daryl Morey has been “primarily focused on acquiring wing talent” according to a report from The Athletic mentioned by Sporting News.
With an active roster cap of over $132 million and only a few minor contracts coming off the books at the end of the season, it will take some financial maneuvering in order for Houston to make any significant moves. Squaring off against conference foes such as Utah (twice), Dallas, Portland, Los Angeles, Memphis, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and New Orleans the rest of this month, those in charge of roster moves have their work cut out for them.
Stay tuned for updates as/if needed.