Rockets Biggest Loser in Failed Paul Trade?
First, hide the sharp objects in Daryl Morey’s office. After that, the Rockets have a few alternatives. For one, they can turn around and try to get (Chris) Paul directly, using many of the same players they were angling to use to get Pau Gasol from New Orleans in the defunct three-way deal. Also, Houston is likely out of the running for Nene minus the cap space the three-way deal would have created, but the Rockets might decide to jump in on the Chauncey Billups amnesty bidding, allowing them to dangle Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic as trade bait. The Rockets also might sign Marc Gasol to an offer sheet.
One thing is clear — the Rockets had been building assets to set up a trade exactly like this one, a home run that left them with a Gasol-Nene front line and a three- to four-year window to win a title. More than anybody, they got absolutely screwed by how this all went down.