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2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 14, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Report: Rockets Will Go After Rondo & Love

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)

The Houston Rockets whiffed on Chris Bosh after he decided to go back to Miami for a longer max deal with larger yearly raises; they chose not to match Dallas’ sweetheart offer for Chandler Parsons, instead signing Trevor Ariza. Now comes word they’re still looking to make a splash by acquiring either Rajon Rondo or Kevin Love this summer.

By way of Marc Stein at ESPN comes the news the Rox are looking for more, and that’s the reason they didn’t match for Parsons:

We also found out the Rockets told Chris Bosh they’d match for Parsons if he signed, but ended up taking a pass and signing the cheaper Ariza specifically to go after “starry” names in free agency:

The Celtics have an abundance of room to take on contracts, a ton of picks — potentially up to 10 first rounders over the next four years, a superstar, Rondo, who plays the same position as their first-round pick this season, Marcus Smart. Basically, Daryl Morey isn’t stupid and knows Rondo is tentatively available, even if it looks like Morey botched keeping Parsons for an extra year on a sub-million dollar contract.

The ‘Wolves have had on-and-off conversations with the Cavs about Kevin Love after the LeBron James announcement, but appear unlikely to deal Andrew Wiggins as part of the deal, effectively ending that possibility.

After missing on Bosh, if the Rockets somehow managed to trade for Love without giving up James Harden or Dwight Howard, they’ll get even stronger on the offensive end of the ball; unfortunately, if Patrick Beverley is involved in the swap, they’ll get worse on the defensive end. Love is part of the reason why the stretch four has become as hot a commodity on the free agency market as the 3&D wing, so the Rockets would hit a bonanza if they had anything to really deal for him.

We’re just spitballin’ here, but the C’s, ‘Wolves and Rockets might include free agent Evan Turner in a three-team deal (we’ll let Trade Machine aficionados work out the particular players who could make it work — we don’t have the time) that sends Love to Houston, but we doubt there’s anything that would convince Minney — barring a Turner/Rondo package deal, and we doubt Danny Ainge would pull the trigger even if he owes Kevin McHale for the KG swindle in 2007.

Most of the big names are signed, but there are a lot of players up for grabs as the dominoes continue to fall since LeBron’s — lower-case– decision 2.0. NBA free agency is close to replacing the actual games for some fans, but we’re already nostalgic for San Antonio’s blistering offense, and we’re a tad tired of refreshing Twitter instead of watching games. Thank goodness for summer league.

Any way the Rox get either Love or Rondo?

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  • Onaje

    If Boston is that eager to dump Rondo and don’t see a table setting playmaker (maybe the best in the NBA) as an asset. I think his best landing spot would be somewhere like…New York with all the shooters and versatile offensive players, but Calderon contract would have to be moved as they couldn’t co-exist and make sense…

    Another team that could use the solid upgrade would be Dallas. I’m not a fan Ray Fatton…Devin Harris 7 years ago (was it that long ago?) was dynamic now he is a backup…Adding a Rondo to their starting line up would make their already formidable sets that cause mismatches that much harder to handle as now they have a even better playmaker to get guys better shots…

    Rockets would…more so Dwight would benefit greatly from his presence…He would also be a great alternative to Harden’s (now routine) playoff troubles where he has found it difficult to adjust the lamest part of his game (drawing contact)…Harden also turns into a black hole…he is a guy that when he is drowning he pulls others around him down rather than channel his energy to staying afloat or allow others to save him…Rondo takes the ball out of his hand…which is a good thing

  • Arizona Jim

    Rockets don’t have the assets to go after Love and can’t see then landing any to work themselves into contention. And if you are a player the Rockets show interests in you have to be concerned about being re-packaged and sent to Minnesota.

  • Lee in Oregon

    Celtics are still in the Kevin Love hunt themselves, don’t count-out Danny Ainge. Eventually Flip will realize his best route is a complete rebuild, which will also give him and the Wolves a license to continue sucking for a few more years. If Wiggins or Klay Thompson aren’t on the table, Ainge has a chance.