NBA Trades and Rumors: Houston Rockets Seeking for Cheap Deals

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 07/05/17 04:43AM EDT

More NBA trades and signings could be accomplished by the Houston Rockets this 2017 offseason. It seems Houston is open to part ways with some of its players to further improve the talent on the roster. However, they are searching for cheap options. 

The Rockets already made headlines this summer when they completed the NBA trade that saw them snag All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers. That deal is unlikely the last for them, although the next ones might have less hype. 

ESPN suggested that Houston might soon be part of another NBA trade. The report mentioned that once the Rockets sign Nene Hilario, P.J. Tucker, and Zhou Qi, they will have 15 players who are under contract. Five of them do not have protected salaries for the 2017-18 season. These are the guys who may be trade assets in the future. 

Houston is not looking to splurge though. As much as possible, the Rockets want to save money. It means if they are adding another player either via an NBA trade or free agency, what they will give him is a minimum contract. The organization is aiming to hold on to its bi-annual exception and non-guaranteed contracts which are worth more. Team general manager Daryl Morey spoke about this in a report by the Houston Chronicle

"Both of them, hold them, unless something amazing happens," Morey said according to the report. "We would save them. If something really good breaks, we'll look at it." 

Morey believes it is advantageous for Houston to keep its bi-annual exception and non-guaranteed contracts, especially "later" in the offseason. As of this moment, the Rockets are not targeting anyone, but they got linked recently to Carmelo Anthony who is likely waiving the no-trade clause in his contract with the New York Knicks. 

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