Morey's Plan for a 'Big Three' Done?

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by wiseguyX, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. wiseguyX

    wiseguyX Member

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    Draft Picks

    2016
    - No first round pick
    - #37 - Chinanu Onuaku - D League
    - #43 - Zhou Qi - will be in China for maybe 1 - 2 more seasons.
    - Undrafted players - D League

    2017
    - Our own first rounder - most likely 12th - 16th
    - Denver's second rounder
    - Portland's second rounder

    2018
    - Our own first rounder
    - Our own second rounder

    Young Players

    Terrence Jones - 24 years old - didn't move him before - now has no value and he walks.
    Donatas Motiejunas - 25 years old - has value and FO wants to keep him apparently - has an important role on the team
    KJ McDaniels - 23 years old - played a total of 268 minutes in 2 seasons with us. We have no idea how the FO feels about him.
    Montrezl Harrell - 22 years old - played 379 minutes in 39 games rookie season. Feel like FO likes him. good defensive potential with some offense.
    Sam Dekkar - 22 years old - played 6 minutes rookie season. have no idea how good/useful he will be. all he's done so far is tweet.
    Andrew Goudelock - 27 years old - just a 12th man - 0 value.
    Michael Beasely - 27 - playing for a contract this season - has value only to specific teams.
    Big Boy Clint Capela - 22 years old - entering his third season - has important role on the team next season - probably our most valuable young player.

    Useful Vets & Role Players

    Corey Brewer - lol
    Trevor Ariza - on a good contract - would be wanted by a lot of teams but also has important role here.
    Patrick Beverley - on a good contract - would be wanted by a lot of teams but also has important role here.
    Ryan Anderson - our second best player - best thing about him is we didn't have to give up anything to get him.

    Star Players

    The Beard - our only reason to stay competitive - maybe one of the 10 most valuable players in the league value-wise - FO declares him untouchable but he would fetch a pretty big haul from some teams.


    In conclusion,

    First off - I am not being pessimistic, trying to be as realistic as possible.
    Morey always believed you need stars to win. That's been his motto since the start.
    So how does he get 2 other stars now?

    He doesn't have a lot to work with in terms of assets like he did a few years ago.

    No high draft picks.

    Our young players are all 22+. We'll be lucky if they even become good rotational players this season.

    There are teams with assets stacked to the ceiling ready to pounce on the next available star player. So trades don't look too feasible.

    Getting Restricted FAs will be near impossible now since teams aren't worried about cap space.

    I don't see any realistic targets for another star player in 2017 Free Agency. Westbrook, Blake Griffin, CP3, Rose, Serge - I don't see any of them coming here to play with James Harden, Ryan Anderson, and Clint Capela.
    There are some decent role players in 2017 but we would have to overpay to convince them to sign. And none would even make us contenders.

    The teams that were better than us got more talent (Spurs, OKC, GS, Clips, Griz)
    The teams that we were/are better than will have young break out players (Blazers, Jazz, Wolves, Suns)
    The horrible teams will draft high again (Kings, Lakers, Nuggets)

    So what I am asking is..
    Is taking the shortcut to build a contender worth it?
    How long will it take to recover from this and re-collect some assets?
    How long will we be in the 8th/9th seed for this time?
     
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  2. RocketsFido

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    I remember after the playoffs ended for us, someone on cf predicted our "big star" signing would be Ryan Anderson and Morey would lose out on all the other "star" FAs. look like he was right.
     
  3. LosPollosHermanos

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    It wasn't just me, a couple of others said it too. Not too surprising when it was clear it was a dumpster fire then.
     
  4. OTMax

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    Yup, didn't take a rocket scientist especially after MDA signing that Ryan Anderson was our guy.
     
  5. Haymitch

    Haymitch Contributing Member

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    Is Ryan Anderson not the 2nd of our eventual Big 3???
     
  6. D-rock

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    Don't even need a 3rd superstar now that An_erson is on team. May as well trade Harden too, don't want him taking touches from Flyin Ryan.
     
  7. chievous minniefield

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    For as long as Les owns the team.

    That's how long we'll be in 8th-9th purgatory.
     
  8. dkoune

    dkoune Rookie

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    Lol we have the most catty fan base its unbelievable lmao
     
  9. photojoe

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    This is so depressing to read.

    I can't remember everyone feeling worse during an off-season than this. First no D Antoni and now no D An_erson?
     
  10. Mr. Clutch

    Mr. Clutch Contributing Member

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    We didn't lose any assets with the signings.

    Actually Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon will probably be tradeable in the future. Both 27/28.

    Only bad one is Brewer and he is on a cheap deal these days.

    Now the team just has to play well so we become an attractive destination for other stars. That means harden needs to stop being fat and playing like a chemistry killer.
     
  11. daywalker02

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    the Small three

    Gordon
    Anderson
    Harden
     
  12. digitallinh

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    Basically guys, chance of winning a championship with Anderson as your second best player = 0/
     
  13. zcarenow

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    so does this mean KJ doesn't get much playing time at all? Or is he basically splitting half time with Ariza?
     
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