The Houston Rockets improved by 14 wins last season, but that doesn't mean it's time to settle.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Rockets are exploring trade options for Ryan Anderson, Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley in order to create flexibility to pursue four All-Star free agents: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap and Kyle Lowry.
Free Agency Scuttle: Houston is making Ryan Anderson/Lou Williams/Patrick Beverley available via trade to create summer spending flexibility— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 21, 2017
Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap and Kyle Lowry ... four free agents Houston, according to league sources, plans to pursue in July,— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 21, 2017
Houston reportedly likes Anderson, Williams and Beverley, but also see them as the team's most valuable trade assets.
The addition of another All-Star level player would seem like a win for the Rockets, but the real question is how James Harden would play with another superstar, particularly a primary ball-handler like Paul or Lowry. Harden ran the show on offense last season with a lineup of role players, so it would be interesting to see how he would respond.
Griffin and Millsap are mobile, versatile bigs capable of knocking down a jumper, so either of them would likely fit well into Mike D'Antoni's system.