The Houston Rockets came up short once again in the 2018-19 NBA season. As a result, there is plenty of speculation regarding how the roster will look next year. Rumors have surfaced about a potential, major overhaul in Houston. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, center Clint Capela, guard Eric Gordon, and forward PJ Tucker are among the players that could be on their way out.
The Rockets are indeed shopping everyone on the roster not named Harden. The complexities involved in moving Chris Paul, who at age 34 has three years and nearly $125 million left on his contract, have Houston officials actively exploring the trade market for Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker.
As one source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said, they are operating under the belief that at least one of those three mainstays will not be a Rocket next season.
The update should hardly come as any surprise considering the Rockets have indicated that every player but guard James Harden will be available for trade. The aforementioned names are undoubtedly the most intriguing players left on the roster. Meanwhile, point guard Chris Paul has had to deal with his own set of rumors as well.
Houston was seemingly on the verge of challenging the Golden State Warriors of Western Conference supremacy. Unfortunately, they were unable to find a way to beat the shorthanded Warriors and the playoffs this year and are now ready to switch things up this offseason. Capela, Gordon, and Tucker have all established themselves as an integral part of the Rockets' success in recent years. Unfortunately, the team's shortcomings could lead to either one of them parting ways in the summer.