In each of the last two offseasons, the Houston Rockets made the biggest move of the offseason. In 2012, they acquired guard James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a sign-and-trade. The Thunder decided not to pay Harden max money and the Rockets pounced. Last offseason, the Rockets signed former Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers’ center Dwight Howard as an unrestricted free agent.
This offseason, they are trying to once again make a big splash by acquiring Miami Heat forward LeBron James or New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony.
According to Joel Brigham, the Rockets would love to sign Heat big man Chris Bosh if they can’t land Anthony or James, but that seems like a long-shot too, meaning their biggest move could be to keep restricted free agent forward Chandler Parsons.
Most believe, however, that Pat Riley will ultimately corral his own Big Three back together before everything is all said and done. But with LeBron apparently open to hearing other teams’ offers, it would be irresponsible to count out the possibility that Bosh plays somewhere other than South Beach this year.
After Houston has used up whatever cap space they ultimately end up with, their attention will turn to re-signing restricted free agent Chandler Parsons. There is a lot of interest in him league-wide, but the Rockets are likely to match nearly anything reasonable that he’s offered, particularly if they don’t end up with Anthony or Bosh.
Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 47.2% from the field, 37.0% from beyond the arc and 74.2% from the free throw line this season.