Seems strange to be comparing a guy who has been a star for years to a guy who is an inconsistent bench player until a month or so ago (remember when the Rockets used to blow lead after lead whenever Lowry had to sit early in the season?). However, I think it is a legitimate question now, given that the Rockets will likely have to choose between clearing cap room to chase Deron Williams and keeping their own guys, the best of among whom is Goran Dragic. As explained in Bimathug's salary cap update, getting the cap room for a max player will most likely require the Rockets to let go of several of their own upcoming FAs (Dragic, Lee and Camby) and waiving Dalembert's partically guaranteed contract. (See http://rockets.clutchfans.net/2513/houston-rockets-salary-cap-update-2/). Deron Williams, as far as I know, is really the only unrestricted FA worth the max this offseason. Among the upcoming FA Rockets, Dragic, if he keeps up his current level of play, will likely command a hefty enough salary that it's impossible cap-wise to keep him and have max level cap room. Morever, even if you can do it cap-wise (by, perhaps trading Kevin Martin or using the amnesty on his contract), it would not be practical to have both Deron Williams and Dragic making big money long term at the PG spot-- especially when Lowry is already here. Of course, the preliminary question is whether either one of Dragic or Williasm would even sign with Houston. However, assuming that you have the option of either (a) signing Deron to the max, but letting Dragic (along with other Rockets FAs) go, or (b) keeping Dragic and other Rockets FAs, what would you do? In either of these scenarios, Lowry can either be kept (the team can play a 2 PG lineup since there's the strength and size to match up) or traded, so that's not really an issue. To me, it seems a close call. Sentimentally, I want to get our own guys back, especially if they play well for the remainder of the season. I also have some doubts about Deron Williams since "D-Will" never quite elevated the Nets level of play. On the other hand, Deron Williams has a clear advantage in terms of explosiveness and the ability to score off isos, which the current roster really lacks-- sure the team is pretty good offensively, but they rely on ball/player movement and don't have the individual talent to just blow by guys. I know the Rockets has wanted Williams, but I wonder if circumstances have changed. Lowry is probably already playing just one level below where Williams is and Dragic looks to be where Lowry is, too. Also, the whole "bring Deron and get better chance at Dwight" thing hasn't quite worked out. So maybe we are better off keeping the guys we have for the moment and try and chase some other disgruntled star?