The Houston Rockets are like to making big moves these days.
Over the last two years, they’ve added two all-stars in guard James Harden and center Dwight Howard. Although they have improved greatly in each of the last two years, they were still defeated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Rockets now hope to add another big name this offseason. New York Knicks’ small forward Carmelo Anthony tops their list while they would also love to add Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving.
Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders believes Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love would be a fantastic fit for the Rockets.
Kevin Love would absolutely help the Rockets at arguably their most needed position. Love would perfectly complement Howard because he has shooting range all the way out to three-point land and he is an even better rebounder. Between the two of them they would vacuum up the vast majority of available rebounds. It’s difficult to see Love landing in Houston because he knows as well as anyone that the Lakers have their sights set on him and signing with them would allow him to return home. It’s also extremely likely that the Timberwolves could get more then Houston could offer if they elected to trade him. Nonetheless, there is no question Love would make the Rockets exponentially better.
Playing next to Dwight would be fantastic for a capable three-point shooter like Love. Love shot 37.6% from beyond the arc last season. Howard could also continue to make up for any lapses the Rockets have on defense and the move could quite possibly give the Rockets the two best rebounders in the league.
Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season.