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The Rockets have made some significant changes in the offseason, including trading Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, and a protected 1st-round pick to the Nuggets for Ty Lawson. This provides depth for the Rockets at the point Guard position, something the Rockets dearly required this offseason. The four players the Rockets traded have extreme potential to be great players in the League, but didn’t play a huge role in the Rockets Playoff run last season. In addition, they were not in positions to thrive because of superstars like Dwight Howard and James Harden on the roster. I think this trade was beneficial for both Houston and Denver, with Houston acquiring a guard who averaged third in assists last season and Denver acquiring multiple players with loads of potential. Although Lawson is in rehab for his second DUI in six months, he has expressed that he would not be engaging in such activities and is in good standing with Harden, Corey Brewer and Trevor Ariza. Lawson should be an exciting addition to the Rockets.
Houston has failed to resign Josh Smith, who signed a $6.9 million deal with the Clippers. Although he was Houston’s saving grace in the Playoffs against the Clippers, the Rockets won’t miss his poor free throw shooting percentage. Smith was a great player, and definitely will be missed. However, his absence shouldn’t be a huge hindrance for the Rockets’ playoff and championship chances next season.
Right: Josh Smith has consistently struggled from the free throw line.
The Rockets have also resigned KJ McDaniels, the Forward that the Philadelphia 76ers felt they didn’t need any more. McDaniels is a great young talent who has explosiveness and shot 40% from the field last season. He’ll be a great depth signing.
Finally, the two Draft picks, Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell will be great additions to the Rockets. Dekker has proved to be a great college player, a relatively big man that can make points not only in the post but also from the three point line. Harrell has impressed in the Summer League, showing off his athleticism with huge highlight dunks and has showcased he is big enough to play in this League. They will thrive under leadership from the veteran Rockets this offseason.
The Rockets have lost some players and gained some great players. This next season will definitely be exciting for Rockets fans.