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Report: Rockets believe they lack assets to trade for Kevin Love

Jun 13, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT

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While the Celtics and Bulls and several other teams are making their pitches for Kevin Love, the Rockets are fading into the background.

It seemed Houston declining its team option Chandler Parsons might be a way to sign-and-trade for Love, but that was always a longshot.

The Rockets know that.

Sam Amick of USA Today (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball):

The Rockets believe they can trade Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, but that won’t really help here unless Minnesota is willing to take at least one of those two. Otherwise, it would have to be a three-way trade or multiple trades. Houston has no incoming first-round picks other than its own to grease the wheels, either.

Daryl Morey has chased superstars for years. He traded for James Harden before anyone realized how good Harden was and signed Dwight Howard away from the premier Lakers. Morey isn’t afraid of a longshot if a star is on the line.

So, if the Rockets believe they’re out of it, they probably are.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    “He traded for James Harden before anyone realized how good Harden was”

    Umm, no? It was fairly common knowledge what Harden brings to the table.

    On a related note…I hope folks noticed OKC made it back to the WCF without Harden or replacing him. You’ll also note how HOU fared with Harden AND howard.

    In closing: Since he disappears in post-season games, and plays defense in never, is he really that good? If you took away his biggest weapon (el floppo), how good would he be?

    • dinofrank60 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      Umm, no? It was fairly common knowledge what Harden brings to the table.
      You beat me to that!

      Meanwhile, a Love-Harden-Howard deal looks good, but I don’t think McHale can make them fit. Chasing superstars ain’t always the best way to go. But Morey seems to have love to have Houston in the mix.

  2. csbanter - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    The Rockets need an upgrade at point guard, Howard has to improve his post game, Harden well if he could play without the ball a little just a little that would help. Bringing in Love would be good but is it enough to get them past Spurs-Okc

  3. bdachan12 - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    If I would Houston I would consider trading Harden for Love. Then start Beverly and Lin at the guards. Beverly, Lin, Chandler, Love and Howard seems pretty good to me.

  4. whitwarren - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    Harden. Love. Howard.

    • kb2408 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Harden, Love, Asik…?

  5. enigma2742 - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:25 AM


    • sumkat - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      on what planet?

    • johnheisman - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Trading overpaid substitute players for one of the game’s best players will not suffice. Maybe if you throw in Matt Schaub and the rights to Elvin Hayes you might be getting somewhere.

    • jkirby317 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      On a video game if you controlled both teams.
      Why would you want a bag of spare parts for Kevin Love?
      Minnesota sucks bad enough… why make them take Jeremy Lin?

  6. sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    The Rockets were the 4th best offensive team in the NBA last season via points per 100 possessions…

    They need help on D, which wasn’t that bad as the Rockets were 12th in the league in giving up points per 100 possessions…

    They are close to being in the top 10 in both offense and defense and that puts teams in the realm of being a contender…

    Now, Melo won’t help with defense and while Melo scores a lot, he has to shoot a lot to get those points as he’s inefficient so he would hurt their offense.

    To wit, as a TEAM, the Rockets shot .472% from the field last season, that was as a TEAM.

    Melo, on the other hand, only shot .452% from the field last season… so he would pull their team shooting down…

    And of course he’d hurt their defense…

    As a TEAM, the Rockets averaged 1.34 points per shot attempt last season, a very good total, especially for an entire team.

    Melo, on the other hand, only averaged 1.29 points per shot attempt last season… So again, he’d pull the Rockets TEAM average down.

    For being a superstar, he can’t even improve the Rockets entire team AVERAGE…

    Oh, James Harden averaged 1.54 points per shot last season for the Rockets, HELPING HIS TEAM’s average.

    Dwight Howard averaged 1.62 points per shot last season for the Rockets, again helping the team average.

    Why ADD a below average defender and a player who would ALSO bring their team shooting percentage DOWN as well as lower their team average for points per shot?

    • jkirby317 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      They really helped their teams average deep into the playoffs… oh wait.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        And shooting WORSE in those playoff games is going to help them go deeper?

        And letting your man blow by you and score is going to help them go deeper in the playoffs?

        I get that Melo has his fans…

        But he shot X amount of times last year and missed X amount of them too.

        The fact is that he missed a lot more than many. Just because one may not like what I’m saying doesn’t make what I’m saying not true.

        Melo’s shooting is such that it would hurt the Rockets TEAM shooting shooting. He would be with those players helping to drag their field goal percentage down lower as a team.

        Teams want to get better, to improve. Melo won’t help their defense and his shooting will lower their teams shooting percentage which means he would be hurting and lowering their offensive efficiency.

  7. kb2408 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Keep Asik and trade D12 for Love….

    • rohlo - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      asik is weak…guy is worse at free throws than howard and asik cant finish at the basket!!!!

  8. adoombray - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Boston Resident and Celtics fan here: No thanks. If they brought in Kevin Love they’d almost certainly have to trade away Sullinger, who is a huge fan favorite and unlike Kevin Love he actually plays defense.

    What the Celtics need is a defensive center, not a turnstyle power forward : we already have one of those in Kelly Olynyk, who shot a better FG%, a better 3%, and a better FT% than Kevin Love did in his rookie year. Now, I’m not suggesting that Olynyk compares to Love, but what I am saying is that scoring isn’t the issue in Boston, and that’s all Kevin Love brings you.

    Love is one of my favorite players but a poor fit for the C’s.

    • johnheisman - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Celtics fan here also and very well said. Watching the Spurs take apart Miami, I think the Celtics should try to acquire a different version of the big 3 – three picks in this years first round. The Spurs are winning as a team. the individual players have weaknesses but as a team, they have NO weaknesses. More VERY good players that fill a role is the answer

      The Celtics have the #6 and #17 picks. They need to acquire a pick in the #11 to #14 range. the 3rd pick can be later than #17 for Warren, Payne or a foreign big man so they can trade #17 plus more to move up a few spots.. At #11 to #15 they pick one from Saric, Young, Stauskas, Peyton, LaVine plus a pick from Smart, Gordon, Randle, Vonleh at #6 they make a big sustainable jump with a healthy Rondo, Sullinger, Green, Bradley and Oylnek. I like that team.

      • sumkat - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        How are they getting 11-15, but still have Rondo, Sullinger, Green, Bradley and Oylnek?

        Someone is going to give them the pick just because they want the Celtics to be better?

      • j0esixpack - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        sumkat – Ainge has a half dozen valuable picks in future drafts as well as a few players of interest to other teams

        Basically Ainge has the ammunition to do just about whatever he wants to craft a team – it’s just a question of how quickly he wants to do it. Build with Love and Rondo and go for a more immediate rebuild or use some draft picks this year and next and make it a multi-year process

        One thing is for certain – Love has not visited any other cities other than Boston and seems to be making his preference clear by omission

    • pukpokito - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      You gotta be kidding me.IF you can get Kevin Love, get him.I agree you need a center.Get Tim Duncan if he is willing to him with Rondo.You have a great big 3 right there.Whose to say Deng won’t follow?

      • sumkat - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        Yes, after spending his entire career in SA, and (most likely) coming off a championship season, I’m positive you can get Tim Duncan to decide it a better idea to head to Boston and hope they can rebuild than instead of coming back for an 18th season to defend his 5th title.

        Makes perfect sense.

        Hey, why not just take Embiid at 6, and sign LeBron to go along with Love an Rondo?

  9. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Oh baby! Where will K Love end up? Probably Milwaukee. It’s pretty clear. Larry Sanders and the #2 pick. Who wouldn’t do that deal???? That’s a BINGO!

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Would the Bucks NEW owners really do that for a one year rental?

      As Love would vamoose after that one season…

      That #2 pick this year should be a very good player who will be cheap for years due to the rookie salary scale…

      Now, if Love were going to stick around, do it.

      But Love would not remain in Milwaukee (unless he ends up marrying the owners daughter).

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