The 2017 offseason is upon us and there have already been several trades happen and a surplus load of rumors floating around. Let’s dive in and see what’s in store for the Rockets this offseason.
Among the Cavs, Clippers, Lakers, and Wizards, the Rockets have also emerged suit as a potential place for the forward-guard Paul George approaching his eighth season in the league. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that this bunch of teams have all already had trade talks with Indiana about George.
Having a Harden-George lineup would certainly be a huge bonus for Houston. However, I wouldn’t get any hopes high yet as Paul George has already stated that he would prefer to play with the Lakers in Los Angeles—whether you want to believe this report or not.
But nevertheless, “Paul George to Houston” is a thing.
Nothing much has been said on this one but that the guard Chris Paul plans on meeting with the Rockets and Nuggets in free agency according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Paul has an early-termination option in his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers and is expected to become a free agent this offseason.
Again, don’t get your hopes up too high for this one as there’s nothing really saying he intends on or wants to sign with the Rockets, but just that he plans on meeting with them. Turner is also reporting the Clippers have become “nervous” about reports of mutual interest between Paul and the San Antonio Spurs.
Now, I know this isn’t exactly a trade involving a player from another team (yet), but I’d figure I’d throw it in here since it follows the “rumor scheme.” Per Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Rockets are “actively shopping” guard Patrick Beverley to possibly create salary-cap space to pursue free agents, and he’s helping to consult the team about a potential move.
I personally don’t want Beverley to go as he plays a key role in bringing energy to Rockets team—both on offense and defense. However, I wouldn’t sweat too much on this as Beverley has the subject of trade rumors and speculation for a while now.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported in February 2016 that the Rockets were making calls prior to the trade deadline to gauge teams’ interest in acquiring Beverley, and ESPN’s Calvin Watkins reported last February that the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Cleveland Cavaliers expressed interest in trading for Beverley, though nothing ultimately came of both these discussions.