Let's see, Rockets are 18-14 right now. With the Stern deal, Rockets would have had Lowry/Flynn/Lin Lee/Williams Parsons/Budinger Gasol/Patterson Nene/Hill Some things to keep in mind. -Nene would have been hurt, he has already missed 9 games this season, and is still out with an injury. -Gasol did not want to play here and might have sulked and played bad. -Lin is tough, he might have gotten a shot to be backup PG, but he only embraced his role when he became a starter. There is no way Lin would have started instead of Lowry, in fact I am sure that Lin would not have blown up even if he was getting backup PG minutes here. Basically, the Rockets would have been worse with that roster, here is why: -Samuel Dalembert is having a better year than Nene, has a higher PER than Nene, and he has not missed a game this season (not sure if PER takes into account games missed though). Not to mention, Nene's contract is crippling, Morey would have massively overpaid him for his production. Dally's contract is way better. -Horrible wing-production, if you thought that the Clippers wings are bad, look at what the Rockets would have had. Parsons can't shoot, Lee is marginal starter, Williams can't even earn a starting spot, and Budinger is wildly inconsistent. They would have been the worst wing rotation in the league. -Our depth is what wins us games, in this shortened season, our depth has been key to our success so far. If you look at the roster, our bench is the best in the NBA and has won us games by themselves, this deal would have killed that. Say what you want about Kevin, but every GM in the league would rank him as a top 10 SG. SUMMARY Trade would not have made us any better, would have crippled the franchise for the next 3 years with bloated contracts, Gasol is declining, so is Nene. We'd have no depth at all. Thank you David Stern for saving Morey and the Rockets.