Years of being obsessed with beating the greatest team on the planet, and after years of failing in that pursuit, Rockets GM Daryl Morey is ready to mix things up. His Rockets have hit a wall, and the only way to get through it is to trade some of their major pieces.
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has made his entire roster and future draft picks available in trade talks, a dramatic initiative with hopes of reshaping the team into a championship contender, league sources told ESPN.
With the exception of 2018 NBA MVP James Harden, nobody is off the table.
The possibility of trading All-NBA guard James Harden is believed to be extremely limited, but the rest of the roster — including even Chris Paul and Clint Capela — could be more realistic trade targets, sources said.
The Rockets were never a very deep team to begin with. They rely heavily on Harden and Paul to carry the offense, with at least one of them being on the floor at all times. According to Woj, however, the pair had trouble co-existing on the court this season, with their strained relationship coming to a head in a Game 6 confrontation between the stars.
James Harden and Chris Paul reportedly had challenges coexisting this season, per Woj.
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Chris Paul is the biggest name Houston is dangling, but his value is stale as a 34-year-old point guard in decline set to make more than $100 million over the next three seasons. For opposing GM’s, their interest will likely be in Clint Capela, a defensive young rim stopper who still has room to grow.
If Morey can find a decent enough deal for Capela or anyone else on the roster, he will likely pull the trigger. The Houston GM has a reputation for making the bold moves. We can expect him to do whatever it takes to clean up a messy roster situation this summer.