Report: Rockets make Ryan Anderson, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams available for trades to pursue top free agents
The Houston Rockets are going full wholesale mode, making forward Ryan Anderson and guards Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley available for trade conversations in search of landing a star free agent to play alongside talisman James Harden, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Clutch City is reportedly pursuing point guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin from the L.A. Clippers, forward Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks, and point guard Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors.
The Rockets are being aggressive in search of a contending team, shortly falling to their in-state rivals San Antonio Spurs 4-2 in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Sporting one of the best three-point shooting teams, the Rockets seemed poised to make a big splash in the playoffs, but their three-and-D schematics proved futile against a well-oiled machine in the Spurs, that had no problem dispatching them without star forward Kawhi Leonard in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.
According to Stein, GM Daryl Morey likes all the players he’s put up on the trade wire, but insists the organization has “big plans” for the future, with many of these stars being a possible fit with the team.
The Rockets have also previously made a push for the top free agent in this offseason, Paul George, who later pushed teams away from potentially looking to trade with the Indiana Pacers after his camp informed different teams he’d be nothing more than a rental player.