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Houston's not done trading yet

Posted on: August 13, 2010 12:24 pm
 
"" Posted by Royce Young

When the Rockets traded Trevor Ariza in a four-team deal that brought Courtney Lee to Houston, most saw it as a salary dump with one decent player replacing another decent player. The Rockets saved some $10 million this season , snagged a valuable $6.3 million trade exception and also cleared a logjam at small forward while upgrading its backcourt depth.

But it doesn't sound like they're done.

"Obviously one of our stated goals is that at some point -- and who knows when the opportunity will arise -- we want to make a move for a star, who comes loose like Boston did in trading for Kevin Garnett a few years ago," general manager Daryl Morey told the Houston Chronicle. "Those opportunities don't come along often, but if something comes along like that, it's something we have to look at. And we feel like we're in a similar or better situation to get those kinds of things done after this trade than before."

By freeing up some money in the Ariza deal, Houston now has that ability. The trade exception is huge in trying to make a blockbuster deal, plus the extra money saved because the Rockets won't bust into the luxury tax area will please owner Leslie Alexander.

As Morey said, landing that marquee star isn't easy. He made a strong run at Chris Bosh this offseason before the star power forward turned him down to go to Miami instead. The market is a little thin on tradeable stars right now, but eventually you'll find some team in financial distress looking to dump a contract. Or just a team ready to cut ties and start over with cap space and assets.

Ariza was never a perfect fit for Rick Adelman's system in Houston and wasn't ever going to blossom into that star the Rockets are looking for. So Morey cut his losses, took back a player that's not quite equal to Ariza's talent but that is someone that will help the team, plus grabbed some flexibility and the trade exception. It's what good general managers do. And an example why Morey is one of the best.

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Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:27 pm
 

Houston's not done trading yet

Yao is back! Yao Ming can't win the game by himself. The team need to play as a team. I hope the Rocket will improved this season.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2010 7:08 am
 

Houston's not done trading yet

Rudy Fernandez and a bucket of chicken for Aaron Brooks....let's get it done!



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2010 3:25 am
 

Houston's not done trading yet

You're overating Yao. If it was almost any other player he would be criticized for being injured and still receiving that large contract.  As I remembered it was his choice to rush back from an injury to play in the Olympics, not only did he jepordize his future but he put Houston (his employer) at a disadvantage to compete.  Everyone likes to criticize McGrady but Yao is also to blame for their failures.  Yao was drafted in 2002 and yet the Rockets didn't win a playoff series until the 2009 playoffs.  Yao. is 7ft 6 inches and plays like ice cream on a summer day-'soft'!  George Mikan=Dominant big Man of his Time, Wilt Chamberlain=Dominant Big Man of his Time (Exception of Bill Russell), Shaq=Most Dominanting Big Man ever!  Yao? He's not in that category, he has the size but not the heart.  He's the cowardly Lion from the Wizard of OZ!  He's never made the All-Defensive team and his career averages are 19.1 points; 9.3 rebounds not the 20-10 as you mentioned earlier.  At 7"6 he should lead the league in rebounding and in blocked shots!   Like most people you'll blame Tracy McGrady and injuries for Houston's failures but take a good look at Yao Ming and you'll see he was part of the problem not the solution.  There are a lot of players in the league that are polite, never in trouble and loyal to their country but none of them are 7"6 and make $17-18 million dollars per year and constantly lose in the playoffs.



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2010 6:04 pm
 

Houston's not done trading yet

@balrog01

I think that the reason Ariza's contract was so long and so big is because the Yao situation was so unclear. Morey liked/likes Ariza for a team that is Yao-less because has a better ability to get to the basket than Battier or Budinger.

However, putting Yao in the lineup with Scola, Martin, and Brooks means the team needs a shooter, not a slasher. So, it seams that Battier was likely to start (he is a spot up shooter and a decent defender) and since Budinger is also a better shooter than Ariza, he had to go. He fit in the system, in my opinion, for last year, but with the roster where it was pre the Lee trade he no longer fit and got moved. It is doubtful that this move gets made if Yao's injury was thought to be career ending.



Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2010 10:21 am
 

Houston's not done trading yet

Ariza had flashes last year and was decent enough averaged 15 points a game last year. The whole fisrt half of the season rockets had a good record and looked like it was possible to make the playoffs. Then Lowry and Ariza went down with injuries and the lack of depth showed. Morey liked him but Adelman didn't like his shot selection so off he goes.
Yao has been a force in the paint i have seen him make Dwight Howard look silly in the paint with his offensive repertoire. However he is forced to play year round because of China he can not pick and choose like the American stars. Still, Adelman never manages his minutes well like Van Gundy did and they ride him like a horse.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2010 11:50 pm
 

Houston's not done trading yet

Ariza was never a perfect fit for Rick Adelman's system in Houston and wasn't ever going to blossom into that star the Rockets are looking for. So Morey cut his losses, took back a player that's not quite equal to Ariza's talent but that is someone that will help the team, plus grabbed some flexibility and the trade exception. It's what good general managers do. And an example why Morey is one of the best.


If Morey is "one of the best" then why did he give Ariza a 5 year $30+ million deal in the first place, if he "never was a perfect" fit for the Rocket's system and"wasn't ever going to blossom into that star the Rockets are looking for" (and can you tell either of these things from 1 whole season in Houston.  If so, shouldn't "one of the best" GMs have been able to tell that from Ariza's previous NBA seasons?




Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2010 10:01 pm
 

Houston's not done trading yet

I like your outrage.  I don't wish career ending injuries on anyone and I am glad Lebron proved to be so classless.  Reason, I am really tired of always reading all the hate posts towards Kobe.  Thank you Lebron.  As for what they have done for the competitive balance in the NBA, I would rather take a look and see approach.  Yeah, it might be that I am falling into trap of all the sports writers who say they are going to have "team play" problems but I think the Celts and magic and perhaps one or two dark horses may surprise Miami.  I do think the Lakers will handle them but I am biased in the area.




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2010 6:56 pm
 

Houston's not done trading yet

Made a strong run at Chris Bosh? Ha, ha. He was NEVER going to Houston. Never. Houston thought they might have been in the mix, but they weren't and the writer is spewing crap to pump up Houston because that's the theme of his article. Complete d-baggery.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2010 4:26 pm
 

Mis-stated all the way.........

Daryl Morey did NOT make a strong run at Chris Bush during free agency.  Bush merely wasted Morey's and everyone else's time, as he and the rest of the Sad Triad had already conspired to sign with Miami.  No one had a fair chance of signing those three, because they had their minds made up for months before they actually announced it.  I hope that LeLoser and Bush both have career ending injuries for what they have done to the NBA's competitive balance.  They were afraid that they couldn't win a ring alone, so they had to gang up altogether on one team.  What fracking losers these wimps are!!!



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2010 3:14 pm
 

Houston's not done trading yet

Everyone keeps mentioning Chris Paul but I don't think he is or will be on the market anytime soon. The Hornets would not have dealt away Collison if they thought Paul would be continue to want a trade.

The Rockets have 3 guys "stars" on their radar right now and they are:
AI : Iggy, Danny Granger, and Carmelo Anthony.

AI and Granger are both in bad economic and talent crippled cities. Indiana might be less interested in unloading Granger since they got Murphy out of town. Philly wants someone to take Brand's contract with AI.
And Carmelo is a pipe dream.

If a team is looking to unload a star who is under long term deal then Houston can help that city more than anyone in the league.
Houston has expiring cotracts this season for Battier and Jared Jeffries along with the 6.3M trade exception.
In a world of tough economic times and free agency as the best way to rebuild quick then expiring contracts are worth as much or more than actual talent.


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