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Rockets offering a tempting sign-and-trade

Jul 2, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for rockets_logo.gifThe Rockets want an elite power forward. With one — combined with a healthy Yao Ming at center (the entire city of Houston just knocked on wood) and a back court of Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin — they are a contending team. They could challenge the Lakers and have the length to match them.

They want Chris Bosh or Amar’e Stoudemire.

And their sign-and-trade package might get them one of them — Trevor Ariza, Shane Battier and Luis Scola. That is the offer being floated, according to Yahoo.

There are a lot of moving parts to that. First, Daryl Morey and the Rockets need to convince one of those two guys to come to Houston – it’s a good offer, but those guys are being bombarded with options. Then they have to re-sign Scola, who is a free agent, and convince him to sign a deal as part of being shipped to somewhere. Phoenix may tempt him, Toronto… who knows? But he has to be on board.

Then they have to strike a deal with the other team on the trade. This is why sign-and-trades are often discussed but rarely pulled off — too many moving parts.

But with that good a trio available, Houston may have a better chance than most.

  1. hnirobert - Jul 2, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    nice trade for raptors or suns, not sure how good it’d be for the rockets should yao go down and then bosh or stoudemire has to play center, which neither wants to do.

  2. dave - Jul 2, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Hey Houston:
    We will give you Kenyon Martin or Nene

  3. That 1 Guy - Jul 2, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Yeah…that makes no sense. I know Bryan Colangelo is an idiot and may end up taking it, but why? They don’t get any draft picks or young players. Only Battier would be an expiring contract since Ariza is locked in for 4 more years(I believe), and presumably Scola’s deal would be multi-years. They would just toil away in mediocrity for the foreseeable future. None of them have upside. So how would that benefit Toronto?
    As for Houston, they would end up losing both of their wing defenders and the defense would take a huge hit. Perhaps they’re only offering Battier or Ariza(more likely Battier) along with Scola and other parts.

  4. Niteprophet - Jul 2, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    I don’t think we will get either coveted PF in a sign and trade, Bosh is a BS talker and Amare wants to be in Miami or NY. I expect to see us try and get a 2nd Tier player now to fill in the voids. Maybe we can pull a sign and trade for Carmelo……that would be Niceeeeeee!

  5. dave - Jul 2, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    ummmm… Maybe if we can get in a time machine and get a 10 year younger Steve Nash

  6. Hector Delgado - Jul 3, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Nah! you could keep them, Nene sound good but I rather take Melo!!!!!

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