Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has reportedly given general manager Daryl Morey full rights to improve the team at the trade deadline with no financial restrictions, according to Jabari Young of CNBC.
Fertitta is not happy with the Rockets’ current standing. Houston is 31-18 on the season. They are in fifth place in the Western Conference standings:
And despite what some #NBA execs believe, I’m told #Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has given GM Daryl Morey full rights to improve team at deadline with no financial restrictions. Feritta not happy with team’s current standing and wants to win now. #NBATradeDeadline
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) February 4, 2020
The Rockets are actively trying to move center Clint Capela. They are said to be interested in Memphis Grizzlies forward Andre Iguodala and Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Robert Covington.
With James Harden and Russell Westbrook leading the way, the Rockets have a good shot of getting to the Western Conference Finals and possibly winning it all. Getting Iguodala or Covington could make the Rockets the overwhelming favorite to win the title since each player impacts the game on both sides of the ball and would fit in the Rockets’ system of shooting layups and 3s.
Last season for the Golden State Warriors, Iguodala averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He shot 50.0 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 58.2 percent from the free-throw line.
The Grizzlies remain confident they will find a trade partner for Iguodala before the NBA trade deadline passes and won’t buy him out. Iguodala has career NBA averages of 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
The Timberwolves are expected to drive a hard bargain for Covington, who is a sound two-way player. In fact, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, Minnesota wants two first-round picks for RoCo.
The Timberwolves acquired Covington from the Sixers in the Jimmy Butler trade last season. He’s averaging 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists this season in 48 games while shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free-throw line.