Texas team looking to do whatever it takes to sign one of the NBA superstars this off-season.
It seems the Houston Rockets are pushing all of their chips into the pot ahead of the next few NBA seasons.
Seizing on the growing uncertainty of a certain player who took his talents to Long Beach, the Rockets are making moves in a bid to try and sign either LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony.
To do so the Rockets will need to get rid of several large chunks of their cap that are currently standing in between them and creating a truly fearsome “Big Three” of their own alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard.
Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin would be the first two players to go if the Rockets were serious about trying to land Melo or LBJ and supposedly, Houston isn’t worried about being able to trade them without taking any salary back in return.
So trade Asik and Lin – who are each owed nearly $15 million in actual salary next season – without returning salary is step one.
Trade Donatas Motiejunas and Isaiah Canaan without returning salary while also waiving a few players with non-guaranteed deals would be step two.
Finally they would need to decline team option Chandler Parsons and re-sign him as a restricted free agent after LeBron signs
All of which is a lot of moving pieces to snare LeBron, with Anthony a much more likely player to land with the Rockets given his lack of success since landing with the Knicks, despite all of the positive talk resulting from his meetings with new coach Derek Fisher and boss Phil Jackson.