Could the Rockets make a run at Dwight Howard?credit: redsarmy.com
After being bounced by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, it’s time for the Houston Rockets to focus on how they can improve their roster this summer.
The franchise finally got their star this past offseason when they traded for James Harden, who proved to be worth the wait for Houston. While the Rockets have some solid pieces, it’s obvious that they will probably be pursuing a second star-caliber player to pair with Harden for the foreseeable future.
As far as those efforts go, James Harden is ready to lend a helping hand with the recruiting. Via ESPN:
Through his congestion, Harden tacked on his own optimism about the flashes shown in these six rugged games by the likes of Parsons, Omer Asik and Beverley … and how Houston’s players will actually have “an entire summer together” before the 2013-14 season to “get to know each other.”
On his way out of the building, furthermore, Harden told ESPN.com that he intends to be an active member of the Rockets’ recruiting efforts this summer.
“Hell, yeah,” Harden said. “There’s a lot of good options out there.”
Asked specifically about the Lakers’ Howard, with the Rockets widely regarded as the team with the best shot of stealing him away from L.A., Harden broke into a smile and added: “Maybe. Possibly.”
This has seemed to become a bit of a trend over the past years, where star players take a more proactive role in recruiting players to join their teams. With all of the star players seemingly wanting to join each other, this makes some sense. It’s interesting to see if the Rockets can make a run at players like Chris Paul and Dwight Howard with Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik already tying up significant money.
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