Reporting Paul Gallant
Nobody likes a tease.
And that’s exactly what Rockets fans are dealing with in GM Daryl Morey.
It’s not for lack of effort. We saw Morey stockpile draft picks this off-season in the hopes of acquiring Dwight Howard. We know he begged Chris Bosh to come on down to H-Town. And we heard rumors of potential deals for Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
But it’s never a good sign when you can list the moves a GM almost made. Especially when it takes a moment or two to remember ANYTHING he’s accomplished.
I understand that it’s nearly impossible to land a superstar. And consider – on the off-chance Orlando did deal Howard to Houston – he’d have been gone after a year. Still, to hint at getting Howard and end up with Omer Asik? That’s like booking Pearl Jam for a concert…and ending up with a tribute band for Creed.
And for Morey to ask his twitter followers to beg Asik to come to H-town? Pathetic.
Want Dwight Howard? We tried folks. Here’s Omer Asik! I know he only scored 3 per game, played 15 minutes, and that his hands are “terrible”. But don’t worry, advanced defensive metrics say he’s a top five defensive player! What’s that? He takes away almost as much with his offense as he does with his defense ? Relax bro! $25 Million will change all that!
The Daryl Morey tease-fest has even extended to re-signing Rocket players. There’s no doubt in my mind that Goran Dragic and Marcus Camby were Houston’s two most valuable players in the second half. When the off-season tipped off, Morey said bringing those two back was a priority. But the way things are going, it seems that neither will don the red and white in 2012.
The Rockets are offering Dragic around $8 million a year. And from what Jonathan Feigen reports, he wants more – give or take $10 million a season. He’s more deserving than Asik to earn that kind of dough, but it’s still a bit of a reach. Especially when you have Kyle Lowry on roster – a better all around player with a very cap-friendly deal.
Here’s the problem. Lowry might be a better all-around player with an extremely easy contract to stomach. But it’s clear he and Kevin McHale don’t get along. Just like it’s clear that Kevin Martin – who never got over last season’s nixed trade – hates being in Houston. With Dragic’s imminent departure, you can’t afford to deal Lowry. Nor can you deal Martin, who’s set to make $12.55 million in 2012.
Omer Asik and a malcontent back-court? That’s a disaster waiting to happen.
On to Marcus Camby, a guy who’s never won an NBA title. If you saw the way things are falling into place, would you want to waste another year of your career with a mediocre team in H-Town? Hell no! Especially when you’ve got contenders like Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and Miami interested in your services.
Maybe I’m wrong. Morey still has time to make other moves. He did bring Hornets free agent Eric Gordon for a visit on Sunday. Maybe he can lure him away from Anthony Davis and New Orleans!
I’m kidding. If that’s not a tease, I don’t know what is.
One up that Daryl.