After an excruciating, buzzer-beating exit in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, the Houston Rockets are justifiably reeling a bit. However, Leslie Alexander (the team’s majority owner) is already focused on next season, and the prospects of adding a “terrific free agent” to pair with Houston’s duo of superstars.
Fox 26 in Houston brings the report of Alexander’s comments:
“We’re going to have cap room to bring in a terrific free agent and I think next year we’ll be a lot better than we were this year,” Alexander said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “I think the nucleus is great. I think we have two of the brightest stars in the league. We have players who are going to be much better next year, young guys. We have a very good nucleus….
“We won 54 games,” Alexander said. “It’s tough to win 54 games in the NBA and the West is so stacked, it’s hard. We were the youngest team in the league in the playoffs. Just that alone will get us much better. I thought the team played hard. They did what they could and when you lose the other team was better.”
In a vacuum, Alexander’s comments make some sense, as any team would love to add a third star to pair with their big guns. However, the Rockets already have a big decision coming on their 3rd-best player in Chandler Parsons, they have two virtually immovable contracts in Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, and any big move would block some of their young guys like Terrence Jones or Patrick Beverley.
Carmelo Anthony would seemingly be the biggest target for Houston if they choose to go the high-profile route, but there is a lot of work to be done before Daryl Morey and company can jump in to that pursuit.