Among the most intriguing teams in the West are the Houston Rockets, who feature two of the best guards in the game in Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Reunited following a stint in Oklahoma City, the two NBA MVP’s are hoping to accomplish what they never could in years past.
But, as Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report humbly pointed out in a recent article, their window of opportunity is closing faster than most think. If they want to truly maximize their chances of winning while they still can, they might be better off making a significant move.
In the same article, Buckley suggests a trade involving Cavs’ star big man, Kevin Love.
“With James Harden and Russell Westbrook reunited in an offense overseen by head coach Mike D’Antoni, the Houston Rockets might be the proverbial unstoppable force come to life. Now, just imagine adding a floor-spacing, playmaking, post-scoring big man to the mix. Give the Rockets Kevin Love, and they might set a new standard for offensive efficiency. Houston is running short on time to make this work. Westbrook turns 31 in November. Harden celebrated his 30th birthday in August. Father Time will close the Rockets’ window faster than you’d think. Anything that raises the ceiling should be explored.”
At 31-years-old, Love is closing in on the end of his prime. Until then, he has the potential to impact the Rockets in a significant way. While he is unlikely to ever match the production of his Minnesota days, his shooting, rebounding, and veteran Championship experience would be a perfect fit next to Harden and Westbrook.
Last season, he averaged 17 points and 10.9 rebounds on 38% shooting.