RUMOR: Rockets willing to sell farm for Joel Embiid trade
The Houston Rockets aren’t afraid of shaking things up to make sure they compete for a championship in the upcoming NBA season. The Rockets seem to be a piece away for a few seasons now as they approach James Harden’s ninth season in H-Town, they might have to throw everything including the kitchen sink to help them build a championship team.
And, now that everything seems to be wide open for the Rockets organization, a recent rumor suggests that Houston is looking to catch a big fish this offseason. A recent rumor suggests that the Rockets are basically willing to offer their entire roster (except for Harden of that is) as they aim high in trying to acquire Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid.
Houston Rockets are interested in trading for Philadelphia 76ers big man, Joel Embiid.
Hearing that everything is available except James Harden.
Will monitor. pic.twitter.com/szllhrjlEk
— 👑📍Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson, M.A. (@ScoopB) October 15, 2020
Let’s be real – this year’s experiment blew up on their faces.
First, they brought in former MVP Russell Westbrook to hopefully form an unstoppable backcourt duo with Harden. In February of this year, the team then decided to go all-in with their ultra-small ball line-up and let go of up and coming big man Clint Capela. Although they did get a key piece in Robert Covington in exchange for Capela, the Rockets eventually ran into big (both literally and figuratively) problems as the season went on. Having two former MVPs in the roster only took the Rockets as far as a second-round match-up against the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers which eliminated the Rockets in five games.
It’s clear that James Harden needs better complementary talent around him and having a versatile big man like Embiid on the block should definitely put the Rockets in a position to win a ton of ball games, even if it means that he’ll need to part ways with his buddy Westbrook.
After letting go of four-year head coach Mike D’Antoni and with the recent announcement that Daryl Morey will be stepping down as the Rockets’ GM, Houston’s rebuild continues and look for the front office to swing for the fences as the window of the James Harden era in Houston is slowly closing.