The Houston Rockets are rumored to be on ‘ short list places he’s willing to play next season. According to an article from Kurt Helin – NBC the Rockets GM Daryl Morey is aggressive, wants badly to bring a title to Houston, has an owner willing to spend to chase goal, and around the league expect he’ll take a swing landing LeBron summer in free agency.

will they really? It would take a radical shakeup the current roster to make it happen and, according to the impeccably sourced Lee Jenkins on the Open Court Podcast, the Rockets may not be up for .

The Rockets won a league-best 65 games, have the future MVP in James Harden, a top-10 NBA defense, and are one two teams likely to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy come despite their recent Game 2 loss.

They are title contenders now, they should ask, “do we need to do ?” Bringing in the force of nature is LeBron means three guys who are best with the ball in their hands and need to learn how to it. Plus, off the court, LeBron brings his culture and style to the team. He’s one of the all- greats and still performing his peak, it’s fair to ask if really works for Houston. How and when their season ends could have a big say in how hard they push to LeBron. Just the logistics of signing him are complicated.

Signing LeBron outright a free agent would require a lot remember, the Rockets have to re- Chris Paul this summer, too. That’s two max contracts next to Harden’s new deal. To make this work, the Rockets would need to trade Ryan Anderson and no team is on his $42 million over two years without multiple sweeteners of first round picks and young , P.J. Tucker and Nene, all without any salary back, plus let Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Tarik Black just walk free agents. Even that might not be , there would need to be other to clear cap or LeBron and Paul need to agree to discounts. Good luck with that.  that point, the roster is gutted, and does LeBron want to come to a team devoid of quality role ? That dance would seem far too familiar for him.

The it would work best is to LeBron to the path CP3 did a summer ago — tell the Cavaliers he’s gone, he wants to opt into the final year of his contract and be traded to the Rockets. That the Cavaliers will back — probably Anderson’s deal, but they likely demand Eric Gordon, other , and multiple picks or akin to that deal. Plus the Rockets may not have the money after that to bring back Mbah a Moute or others. For the Cavaliers, they at least get back rather than having LeBron walk out the door for nothing.

o make this option work the Rockets need to convince LeBron to take a discount ( he said he would not do), then work out a deal the Cavaliers will accept, and then be good with losing all the depth that comes with this. If LeBron wants to go to the Rockets, Morey and Houston will out how to make it work. But it’s understandable if some within the organization don’t think it’s a good idea.