Report: Rockets focused on acquiring wing talent
It appears that the Houston Rockets are focused on acquiring a wing talent to shore up their depleted roster. The Rockets let go of forward Carmelo Anthony after just 10 games played, and other wing acquisitions haven’t panned out as hoped.
Kelly Iko of The Athletic wrote about the Rockets’ 9-10 start to the season and the front office’s current mindset:
Houston is primarily focused on acquiring wing talent, sources said. Their trade market intensity last week, in the midst of their winning streak, was described by one source as “not in emergency mode, but not sitting back either.”
Iko mentioned Markieff Morris, Jeff Green and Kelly Oubre Jr. as Washington Wizards options if they look to deal, as well as these suggestions:
Justin Holiday is an intriguing option here. The Bulls’ young guard could carve out minutes in D’Antoni’s rotation, especially given the uncertainty of Brandon Knight’s readiness and Chris Paul’s health. Holiday is shooting an eye-opening 41% from distance on over seven attempts per game, music to Morey’s ears. Holiday makes just over $4 million this season, which makes a deal feasible. Other candidates include Joe Harris, Iman Shumpert and C.J. Miles.
The Rockets are reportedly also monitoring the Cleveland Cavaliers’ situation. Veterans J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver and George Hill may all be available.
Houston could still look into the free-agent pool as well. Arron Afflalo and Nick Young are still looking for teams to sign them. Young even said a few months ago he was hoping to reunite with Mike D’Antoni.
The Rockets already signed 6-foot-7 shooting guard Danuel House, and he played 28 minutes in Monday’s loss to the Wizards. It’s safe to say Houston is still set on finding more wing talents to help out with a playoff push.