Rockets trade for Tim Quarterman, Ryan Kelly, DeAndre Liggins
In the aftermath of the trade-in-agreement for L.A. Clippers point guard Chris Paul, the Houston Rockets have bought the contracts of Tim Quarterman of the Portland Trail Blazers (via Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical), Ryan Kelly of the Atlanta Hawks (via Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Consititution), and DeAndre Liggins from the Dallas Mavericks (Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated), all through cash considerations.
The Rockets shipped out two point guards in Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, as well as two versatile forwards in Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell, holes which they immediately attempted to patch by acquiring these players through cash considerations.
Quarterman provides a combo guard-style of play that can defend either position while Liggins is a defensive specialist that could cover some holes in the second unit. Kelly could play as a power forward or a center, giving some of the size that Harrell offers at power forward and the perimeter-stretching capabilities of a Dekker on the wing.
The Rockets will apparently stick to a three-and-D archetype as they have the last season, this time with a bolstered back court featuring Paul and James Harden, reportedly still looking for another All-Star to add to the roster.