In each of the last two offseason, the Houston Rockets made a huge splash.
In 2012, they pulled off a trade to acquire James Harden and in 2013, they signed Dwight Howard as a free agent. They’d like to make another big move this year and both Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony are on their radar.
Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders isn’t sure if the Rockets have enough assets to land Love in a trade.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey is not only hoping, but planning to add another All-Star to his roster in order to help Dwight Howard and James Harden get out of the first round of the playoffs next season. Kevin Love is very much on Houston’s radar, and if they could find a way to get him in town they would jump at it. Love is the perfect frontcourt complement to Howard because he stretches the defense out to the three-point line and he is an even better rebounder. With Howard and Love together the opposition would have little hope of getting an edge on the boards, and many games are won and lost on the glass. The rub, of course, is that Houston really doesn’t have much to offer beyond the ending deals of Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, and with both owed a $13.5 million balloon payment it’s a hard sell. The Timberwolves don’t need either player, so a third team would almost certainly have to be involved for Houston to get in the mix for Love.
Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season while shooting 45.7% from the field, 37.6% from three and 82.1% from the charity stripe.