Isaiah Hartenstein PF
The Rockets are coming off a great season where they finished with a record of 55-27 and lost in the 2nd round to the Spurs. Head Coach Mike D'Antoni won Coach of the Year and seems to be a perfect pairing with James Harden. The Rockets have always been an active team in free agency or trades and this offseason has been no different. In a surprising series of trades, Daryl Morey was able to package together a deal in order to get Chris Paul (full trade listed below). It'll be tough losing the defensive toughness of Patrick Beverly, but if you can acquire Chris Paul then you go for it. However, it will be interesting to see how Paul and Harden mesh together this year, Morey is a believer in acquiring stars and letting them figure it out, which is good, but I'm a bit skeptical on this team clicking from the start. Both Harden and Paul need the ball in their hands and I'm curious to see how D'Antoni keeps both happy and how the team handles adversity. The Rockets also managed to add P.J. Tucker in free agency, he's a good role player and he'll replace some of the toughness that Beverly brought. Lastly, Morey was once again able to pick up talent in the 2nd round of the draft, with the 43rd pick they selected Isaiah Hartenstein. He was more of a 1st round talent to me, but injuries caused him to slip a bit. He's a stretch 4 type who is a fluid athlete, he will likely stay overseas this year, but he's someone who could be a nice piece for the future. With that being said, their 43rd pick from last year, Zhou Qi had a productive summer league and may be ready to contribute soon. Overall the Rockets should once again be a top 3 team in the West and are in a better position to challenge the Warriors (if they meet in the playoffs), it'll be a fun season of basketball in Houston.
Estimated Cap Space
Nene Hilario PF, Troy Williams SF, Bobby Brown PG, Jarrod Uthoff PF, Ryan Kelly PF