Rumor: Rockets interested in Andrew Bogut, long shot for Greg Monroe
The Houston Rockets are the second-best team in the Western Conference, and considered to be the biggest threat to unseat the Golden State Warriors in the conference, possibly even getting a good opportunity to win an NBA championship.
But even though the Rockets have a deep roster and an MVP candidate in James Harden, the team is not ready to settle on its personnel. In fact, the Rockets are looking to add a big man to their roster, per Kelly Iko of ESPN Houston.
Sources: Considering his stance last season, #Rockets still have interest in FA big man Andrew Bogut. Houston also a longshot for C Greg Monroe, but Pelicans, Celtics likely to offer him more $$ and playing time.
— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) February 1, 2018
The Rockets already have a good big man in Clint Capela, but no one to really back him up at that position with those skill sets. Capela provides rim protection for the Rockets that doesn’t come from anywhere else on the roster.
That seems like the reason the Rockets are targeting players like Andrew Bogut and Greg Monroe. Both of those players are considered more defensive minded and are big bodies to take up space on the defensive end, causing opposing offenses to think about things before they venture into the paint looking to score.
Bogut seems like the most realistic possibility for the Rockets considering the Los Angeles Lakers waived him earlier in the year. Monroe recently agreed to a contract buyout with the Phoenix Suns, and would have to clear waivers for Houston to have a chance at him.
Either way, it’s interesting to see that the Rockets want to add players even after being so good this season already. It goes to show just how much they are worried about the Warriors and beating them in the playoffs.