Not the sense I have gotten. Rockets were the ones I heard were most interested. https://t.co/aTWYe1X25U
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) July 26, 2016
" target="_blank">Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, one of the players the Rockets are considering is Rudy Gay, who remains available in the trade market.
He averaged 17.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 70 games for the Kings last season, and he is still one of the best PF/SF player in the league. Ten years ago, Gay was selected by the Rockets, but on July 12, they traded him to the Grizzlies.
According to Yoni Pollak of Sports Illustrated's Fansided, one of the pieces the Rockets could send to Sacramento is Corey Brewer.
"Trading for Gay shouldn't be difficult with his value so low. Teams know Gay wants out of Sacramento so it shouldn't be hard for the Rockets to pry him away. Corey Brewer would likely be one of a few pieces headed to Sacramento in such a deal," Pollak wrote.
Houston Rockets could offer Corey Brewer, KJ McDaniels and Patrick Beverly for Rudy Gay, and that could be enough for Sacramento Kings, because Rudy Gay has a player option next season.
After the last season, the Rockets lost Dwight Howard, but they signed Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon.
Mike D'Antoni could use a small-ball lineup with Clint Capela, Ryan Anderson, Rudy Gay, Trevor Ariza and James Harden.
If D'Antoni make James Harden the point guard of the Rockets, so he can use pick and pop with Ryan Anderson or pick and roll with Clint Capela. Both wings, Ariza and Rudy Gay are good defenders, and Ariza could help James Harden (DPOY) when they play against Golden State Warriors or Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Western Conference is still strong enough and that could be a problem for Houston Rockets. Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers have a better roster than
Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers have a better roster than the Rockets. Memphis with Chandler Parsons and Dallas with Harrison Barnes could be a surprise next season. I didn't even mention Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City, and they could also become the part of the NBA Playoffs.
Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets will probably play for the 7th or 8th seed next season.
James Harden can't play without another All-Star player on the roster. He will have 28.0 - 30.0 points, but that wouldn't be enough for the best team in the Western Conference.
Mike D'Antoni had great seasons with Phoenix Suns, but he also disappointed with Los Angeles Lakers, when they had Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.
I think that D'Antoni will figure out how Rockets could play better, but only if he uses a small-ball lineup.