It hasn’t even been a week since the Houston Rockets were knocked out of the NBA playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers, yet their offseason is already off to an interesting start — or so it seems.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Rockets are expected to pursue a few roster upgrades this season, and what better way to jumpstart that with a little Rajon Rondo trade rumor? Yes, in May.
“It’s inevitable” that the Houston Rockets will call “just to make sure Rajon Rondo isn’t suddenly available.” After a first-round exit, the Rockets will be looking to upgrade their roster.
Earlier this season, Stein also reported that the Rockets and Celtics were talking about this very trade just before the deadline, however, as the ESPN insider reported, one of the main stumbling blocks in reaching a deal was Houston’s unwillingness to surrender Chandler Parsons in a potential deal.
In a hypothetical situation, there’s no way that the Rockets would be able to trade Parsons + picks for Rondo straight up. The contracts don’t match. Though, Houston does have Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin and a number of intriguing young players such as Patrick Beverley, Terrence Jones and perhaps Troy Daniels, who gained quite a reputation in this year’s playoffs.
Even though a potential trade is unlikely, a Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo “Big Three” in Houston does sound quite intriguing.