The Houston Rockets are Making Moves During NBA Free Agency

The NBA is changing and resistance is futile. The elite ball club that is the Golden State Warriors, also known as real competition, is the team to beat. After nearly a year of fans who’ve romanticized the game of basketball, whining and complaining about Kevin Durant’s boss moves; it’s nice to see the rest of the league getting their houses in order, specifically in the West. It’s no longer good enough to rest on the merits of the potential that a player may have had some years ago because the game has changed.  The days of waiting around for the next big basketball phenomenon to show up and carry a team to a title are over. A new era has begun that echoes the spirit of the 2004 NBA Championship team: The Detroit Pistons. Point being that role players, successfully and unselfishly playing their roles, means success. Every time. There is individual play and there is team play; the league is being forced to lean towards the latter.

The NBA appeared to be at an impasse but if the moves that are being made during free agency are any indication of what’s to come, it looks like the rest of the league is coming for the Warriors’ crown. Change is tough and you never really know how these moves are going to pan out in the long run but teams are doing what they need to do to position themselves for a successful season. One of the toughest and most shocking changes happened in Houston during the acquisition of nine-time all-star Chris Paul. Days after being named NBA All-Defensive First Team, Patrick Beverley was traded to the LA Clippers, along with Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a first-round pick for 2018 and future cash considerations. While it’s too early to tell what a Chris Paul, James Harden season looks like, it’s fair to say Beverley and his defensive efforts will be sorely missed in Houston. Nene Hilario has agreed to a re-worked three-year, $11 million contract following complications with the NBA’s new Over-38 rule. Per the Vertical, free agent P.J. Tucker came to a 4-year $32 million deal with the Rockets.  The rumor mill is buzzing that the Rockets may also be in pursuit of Carmelo Anthony who, according to ESPN, is willing to waive his no trade clause for the Rockets (or Cavaliers). All in all, the moves being made during free agency in the west are shaping up to be more exciting than the Western Conference post-season. It’s hard to say what will come of the Rockets curious off-season moves. But what is clear is that the Rockets plan to compete for the title.