Houston Rockets Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay Teaming Up With James Harden To Compete Against Warriors?

Houston Rockets Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay Teaming Up With James Harden To Compete Against Warriors?
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The Houston Rockets could do well to beef up their frontline as long as the target players can find a way to jive with system new head coach Mike D’Antoni has planned. Two names could come from a conference rival – DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.


Cousins and Gay are two names in the trade rumor mill though nothing close to a deal has cropped up. The Rockets could be in play as the squad tries to come up with right players to redeem themselves following a disappointing 2015-16 NBA season.

Dwight Howard has left and such leaves a big hole in the middle. Nene was taken in to fill the slack but the talent-level is miles apart. Clint Capella is around but is considered more of a work in progress.

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In all, the Rockets may not improve immensely though a focused James Harden could prove otherwise. But the fact remains that the team could fare better with the right manpower.

Cousins A Problem Or Solver For Houston Rockets?

Cousins has been a prime target ever since last season. Varying takes on his welcome have come out with the Boston Celtics at the front of interested teams tied up to his services.

For Cousins to land in Houston, it would take multiple players plus cash considerations to get it done. With a massive contract worth approximately $16 million this year and $18 million next year, the Rockets will have a hard time covering it by offering players alone.

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Rudy Gay Too?

If not Cousins, Rudy Gay could be a good fit to the run-and-gun style D’Antoni is expected to employ. But he also carries a hefty contract to absorb, approximately $13 million.

Money aside, the players the Rockets could give up may hardly convince the Sacramento Kings to consider a deal. It could end up in a massive overhaul that includes Capella, Nene plus Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer or some of the young guns like K. J. McDaniels and more.

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