Should we worry about the Houston Rockets?
Forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute are no longer there. Ariza is now in Phoenix while Mbah a Moute is joining the Los Angeles Clippers. Just like that, two forwards from the NBA’s best regular season team are gone. But let’s not count the Rockets out just yet. After all, Chris Paul wants to team up with his friend Carmelo Anthony. And according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets are willing to make that happen.
“Rockets lose two forwards now — including Ariza — from NBA’s best regular season team. Houston is determined to sign Carmelo Anthony once he becomes free in OKC, sources tell ESPN.”
Melo didn’t appreciate having a lesser role in Oklahoma City last season, but that’s exactly what he’s going to get if he joins the Rockets. Coming off the bench is the most likely scenario here. However, he did set career marks with 169 three-point makes on 474 attempts. That’s a success rate of 35.7 percent. In that regard, Anthony fits with the Rockets just fine. And while Ariza did burn out near the end of the Western Conference Finals, Anthony is nowhere near the player on defense that Mbah a Moute is. That said, Luc couldn’t even suit up against the Warriors due to injury.
The only thing you worry about in Houston is the relationship between Anthony and head coach Mike D’Antoni. Sources say he’s ‘fine’ with bringing Carmelo aboard, but we haven’t heard it from him yet. Things could go wrong very quickly if this happens. Sure Anthony gives the Rockets another shooter, but at what cost? Will he be enough to push them over the top? Does he put them in the NBA Finals?
If nothing else, it’s shaping up to be one heck of an offseason.