The NBA world was abuzz Wednesday morning with news that the Los Angeles Lakers were trading All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.
It’s a move that definitely shakes up the dynamic of the Western Conference behind the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
But even with Paul’s presence on the Rockets, we’re not anywhere near ready to indicate that they’re close to competing with Golden State out west.
Instead, general manager Daryl Morey and Co. must add another piece or two to the mix in order to compete for a conference title in 2017-18.
The good news here is that Houston is seemingly confident it will be able to land either Paul George or Carmelo Anthony to the mix during the summer.
Source on Rockets: "They think they are getting Carmelo or Paul George."
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 28, 2017
With Paul opting into his $26.1 million deal following the trade and Harden set to earn $28.3 million next season, it’s going to be a tight fit for Houston. The team already has to move another contract to fit Paul in under NBA cap rules.
That doesn’t even take into account the bounty it might take to acquire George from the Indiana Pacers. This would likely include Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson and a couple first-round picks.
As it relates to Anthony, there’s definitely a chance the Knicks will just buy him out. If so, the future Hall of Famer could take a less-than-market deal to form an elite trio in Houston.
This is most definitely something to watch over the coming days.