By Ron Leyba
The Houston Rockets made it as far as the first round of the postseason in Year 1 after they changed their formation. Now, they are looking to take the next big step and emerge as a legitimate title contender in the Western Conference.
The foundation is there. James Harden and Dwight Howard will be the two superstars the Rockets will build their future around. But now, Houston is also trying to land another superstar, like LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. So, what can we expect out of them next season? Can they really come back stronger and seriously contend for the NBA Championship?
If the Rockets manage to land either Melo or LeBron, there is absolutely no question about their potential for the upcoming season. Houston will instantly become a powerhouse in the West, a team which will rank amongst the elites of the league. In fact, last season the Rockets appeared to be one superstar away from seriously contending for the Larry O’Brien trophy.
Kevin McHale and Daryl Morey have already started their offseason work. After eagerly trying to find a way to get rid of Omer Asik during the 2013 – 2014 season, the Rockets traded him away to the New Orleans Pelicans. Not only Houston did get rid of a player it didn’t need and received a first – round pick in return but it also cleared some cap space. The Rockets will continue their offseason activities and we should expect them to make some significant moves. That’s what they desire, that’s what their target is.
Surprisingly, the Rockets turned down their team option for Chandler Parsons, but sources say this was just another move in towards their effort to land either Melo or LeBron. Houston plans to re-sign Parsons by matching any offer he receives this summer.
In short words, Daryl Morey and the rest of the Rockets’ front office is blazingly working towards building a dynasty. Even if their efforts to land one of the two best free agents now available in the market fail, the Houston Rockets will still have the potential to do well next season. Of course, the potential acquisition of LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony totally changes the scenery. Just don’t expect the Rockets to be staying pat during the free agency period if they fail to land one of the two megastars.
The Houston Rockets will be one of the most powerful title contenders next season. James Harden and Dwight Howard will enter their second year playing along each other. Kevin McHale is gradually finding the pace his team plays best at and he is also fixing his rotations. Patrick Beverly is projected to be the starting point guard of the team and the Rockets also selected two players out of the draft.
Great things will continue happening in H-Town. The landing of Dwight Howard last summer was just the beginning. The Rockets have big plans and up to now they have managed to make them reality. So, sit back and enjoy the next episodes of the formation of a title contender from scratch, during the summer.