Houston Rockets Not Done Dealing Yet?
During the summer, the Houston Rockets invested $7 million to construct a fabulous new locker room and training room at the Toyota Center. The most striking feature is a large LED screen above each locker that displays the player’s face and a revolving series of advanced statistics the Rockets are known for tracking.
As a side benefit it’s also now much easier to change the nameplates, which will certainly remove a burden from the Rockets’ overworked equipment managers in this area.
General manager Daryl Morey has made 12 trades since the end of the 2011 lockout. There’s a good chance some of the faces on those slick video screens will change again between now and February’s trade deadline.
Much excitement surrounds the Rockets right now with the arrival of Dwight Howard following James Harden’s breakout performance after Harden arrived in a blockbuster deal last October. The heavy lifting on the roster might seem done for now, but in reality, the team is primed to make even more adjustments now that it’s settled on a core.
The next move that Morey makes might end up playing a big role in just how far the Rockets are going this season. Specifically, they have a valuable trade chip in center Omer Asik, and what they end up doing with him could alter the balance of power in the Western Conference this season.
“We’re not all the way there, we’re not a finished team,” Morey said. “We’re going to be experimenting. We want to be a great team by mid-April.”