On the heels of an impressive playoff run that ended when they fell to the eventual champions in seven games, the Houston Rockets are looking to shake up their roster. Despite taking the Los Angeles Lakers to the brink of elimination due to determination, grit and solid defense, Houston’s brass apparently doesn’t like the makeup of its roster.
Word coming out of several camps is that in the last 24 hours the Rockets have contacted the Grizzlies, Thunder, Kings and Timberwolves about trying to get into the lottery. No one knows who they want to snag if they do move up, but several key names on their roster are being dangled.
The Rockets are apparently danging Tracy McGrady – with his big expiring contract – and Aaron Brooks, the exciting young point guard who broke out in the playoffs. They’d like to turn McGrady and Brooks into one of the Timberwolves’ top picks (No. 5 or No. 6).
They’ve also discussed moving Shane Battier and Carl Landry as possible trade piece.
Houston is also rumored to be one of the teams trying to make a run at Amare Soudemire.
The question is why? The Rockets looked great in the playoffs. Landry, Battier and Brooks were what kept them in the series against the Lakers. Those three guys were workmanlike, hard-nosed, tough guys who complimented Ron Artest’s style perfectly. It’s pretty shocking that after establishing that team identity in the playoffs, they’d turn around and try to blow that up.
It may all just be pre-draft babble, but the reports are coming from so many different sources that there has to be some level of truth to them.