Should Houston trade Trevor Ariza for a third star?
If the Houston Rockets want to add a third star this summer, they'll probably first have to move Trevor Ariza's contract to clear up enough cap room.
It's what makes swinging for the fences particularly difficult for GM Daryl Morey this summer. Ariza was a crucial cog on one of the league's best defenses last season, and moving him for a player who, in all likelihood, isn't as dominant on that end could disrupt the team's well-calculated balance.
"Ariza’s length and ability to get in the passing lanes disrupted opposing offenses all season. He has the ability and intangibles to be a significant player on a championship winning team. This is why it might not be so wise to trade him, even if it means landing another star. Ariza understands how the Rockets want to play and fits in very well, and the importance of building continuity among the roster’s core can’t be understated. Just look at the Golden State Warriors, the NBA Champions whose front office elected not to trade for Kevin Love in favor of keeping Klay Thompson and letting its core grow together."
Continuity is definitely important, as is chemistry and defense. But the Rockets need to improve their roster if they're to take down teams like the Warriors, Thunder and Spurs next spring. A star could help.
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