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[Watkins] The Rockets free agency roller coaster

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by J.R., Jul 19, 2016.

  1. asianballa23

    asianballa23 Member

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    don't think Baz was ever truly thinking about coming here, we were just a backup option. Usually when FA get an offer after meeting a team and don't accept the offer right away, more than likely they're frying for a bigger fish.
     
  2. kjayp

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    Great breakdown on the timetables with everything! I only hope there were some more failed attempts... I'd hate to think these were the ONLY guys we even TRIED to get....
     
  3. dram1

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    yeah...we're just not sure in what way.
     
  4. count_dough-ku

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    I'm glad to hear that. They didn't sit around wasting their time on Durant and have a repeat of the Melo over Lowry debacle 2 years ago. And props to KD for being upfront with Harden about his intentions.
     
  5. theDude

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    I think it's a bit premature to call Anderson overpaid. I have a feeling that if he stays healthy, he lives up to that contract. I know that's a big IF, but to state flatly that he is overpaid would indicate that it's impossible for him to live up to his salary. I disagree for now, though it could turn out that way.
     
  6. TheresTheDagger

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    I REALLY, REALLY hope they didn't just run into Bazemore's agent and say...Hey...wait a minute. What about Bazemore? Oh yeah....forgot about him. Lets offer him a 72 million dollar contract.

    Good idea!!!
     
  7. J.R.

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    ESPN/Watkins gonna ESPN/Watkins.

    Turbulent? SMH. . .

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A chronicle of the Rockets' turbulent summer in free agency. <a href="https://t.co/ZlgNEEY3Yx">https://t.co/ZlgNEEY3Yx</a></p>&mdash; NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNNBA/status/755487397383581696">July 19, 2016</a></blockquote>
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  8. D-rock

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    That's EXACTLY what the article said they did, not implying they did but what actually occurred. Crazy I know.
     
  9. KlutchQT

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    Interesting re Bazemore. Glad KD had the courtesy to give James the real (and REALLY glad they didn't waste time spinning their wheels anyway).
     
  10. RocketsJumer

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    On the Gordon vs. Courtney Lee thing, part of me thinks that Lee didn't want to return here. Remember when the rumors Bass and Lee to Houston for Asik in 2014? I remember some reporter asking Lee what he would think of a trade to send him back to the Rockets would be like and he seemed kind of against it. I think he said something about how much it bothered him to always be named in trade rumors while under Morey.

    That could be a big reason why Morey went to Gordon instead. Lee was not interested in any type of return.
     
  11. Vivi

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    Sorry but i just cannot agree with this.

    If they were horribly overpaid what are exactly Anderson and Gordon?

    Horford is an all star caliber player who's able to do well everything on both ends of the court playing two spots. Anderson is a good offensive 4 and nothing else.

    Gordon is certainly more talented than Bazemore, but he's also a way worse defender and the most injured player in the last ten years in the league.

    So yeah, you can't really compare these guys, and the fact that the Rockets were after Horford and Baze first should tell you enough.

    Horford and Baze at 42 million > Anderson and Gordon at 32.

    You may like it or not but that's the reality.
     
  12. Vivi

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    At least we (those who were dreaming about Durant here) were right about this :grin:
     
  13. digitallinh

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    Just a tier? Must be a joke.

    Horford is

    great rim protector
    elite pick and roll big defender
    one of the best passing big men in the league
    has enough range to draw defender on the pop
    can legit play center

    Anderson is none of these things. The only thing he can do better is shoot the 3, and even that. Anderson is only a 1% or 2 better than Horford.
     
  14. digitallinh

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    Ryan Anderson not only needs to stay healthy. He needs to improve his defense to justify his contract. This is on par with paying Mozgov and Enes Kanter whatever they're paying him, actually I'd rather have Enes Kanter.
     
  15. D-rock

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    If I said 2 tiers below would that have placated you? I already admitted that Horford is the better player, that is not in dispute. That extra $10M went towards re-signing Harden. There is a value there, especially since Horford was not going to sign with the Rockets. Not even close.

    Horford to Houston is a fantasy, no matter how much better he is than Anderson. I am seeking positives, you should try it for a change.
     
  16. MONON

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    Thanks for the recap J. R.! Good to see a synopsis of free agency. I feel a lot better about free agency now. Interesting how Anderson called Gordon right after his meeting. Guess those 2 wanted to play for the Rockets! WWhaat!! :eek::grin:
     
  17. vlaurelio

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    from the beginning like even before them meeting Bazemore?
     
  18. SkareKrow

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    The moment the agreed to terms with MDA is one. Deciding that making the playoffs and losing their 1st round pick only to get, predictably, embarrassed by the Warriors is one.
     
  19. PeppermintCandy

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    Hmm, well, I guess we'll see.

    Good read, though.
     
  20. Aruba77

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    I'm just gonna have to get over the fact that Gordon and a $20 mil Ryan Anderson are it. That's it. That's the grand plan.

    It's just hard to come to grips with; and it's hard not to think we're gonna spend the next few years satisfied just making the playoffs.
     
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