The Houston Rockets are rumored be LeBron James‘ short list of places he’s willing next season. According an article from Kurt Helin 1; the Rockets GM Daryl Morey is aggressive, wants badly bring a title to Houston, has an owner willing to spend to chase that goal, and most people around the league expect he’ll take a swing at landing LeBron summer agency.

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

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

They are title contenders now, they should , “do we to do ?” Bringing the force of that is LeBron means three guys who are best with the ball their hands and to how to share it. Plus, off the court, LeBron brings his own and to the team. He’s one of the all-time greats and still performing at his peak, but it’s fair to if really works for Houston. How and 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 as a agent would require remember, the Rockets have to re-sign Chris Paul this summer, too. That’s two max contracts next to Harden’s deal. To make this work, the Rockets would to trade Ryan Anderson and no team is taking his $42 million over two years without multiple sweeteners of first round picks and young players, P.J. Tucker and Nene, all without taking any salary back, plus Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Tarik just walk as . Even that might not be enough, there would to be other deals to clear cap space or both LeBron and Paul to agree to discounts. Good luck with that. At that point, the roster is gutted, and does LeBron want to come to a team devoid of quality role players? That dance would seem far too familiar for him.

The it would work best is to LeBron to follow the path CP3 did a summer ago — tell the he’s gone, but he wants to opt the final year of his contract and be traded to the Rockets. That the will back — probably Anderson’s deal, but they likely demand Eric Gordon, other players, and multiple picks or akin to that deal. Plus the Rockets may not have the after that to bring back Mbah a Moute or others. For the , 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 he would not do), work out a deal the will accept, and be good with losing all the depth that comes with this. If LeBron wants to go to the Rockets, Morey and Houston will figure out how to make it work. But it’s understandable if some within the organization don’t think it’s a .