After getting knocked out in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs, the Houston Rockets have understandably been the epicenter of a whirlwind of NBA trade rumors. What wasn't expected, however, were the countless stories about the franchise considering blowing it all up by potentially trading away James Harden and Russell Westbrook this off-season.
While many may think that the team needs to be disassembled due to its inability to compete with the best, this might not be the best of ideas going forward. On that note, here is a look at why the Houston Rockets must not dismantle their squad despite the NBA Trade Rumors:
The Houston Rockets are closer to winning an NBA Championship than most would think
Yes, the series between the LA Lakers and Houston Rockets wasn't as close as it should have been. But that can be fixed if the Rockets add to their current roster.
The franchise has two former MVPs in their primes, while many teams don't even have one. And while the franchise effectively traded away its future to obtain Russell Westbrook in the last off-season, that's all the more reason to keep him and Harden together so that they have another chance to compete for the title.
The main reason behind Houston Rockets 4-1 defeat to the LA Lakers, was due to Russell Westbrook's disappointing performances after coming back from an injury. And unless the 31-year-old is injured once again next year, the team has a much higher chance to go further in the post-season. And hence, trading their core away would make absolutely no sense.
A different system could yield better results
Under Mike D'Antoni, the Houston Rockets had a system that raised many eyebrows.
It was an isolation-style system, where if James Harden didn't have the ball, the team's best scorer would essentially be a spectator standing on the half-court line.
But with D'Antoni leaving, the system the team plays under is sure to change. Any system where Harden isn't standing on the half-court line, but actually runs around screens and tries to get open shots, could yield much higher success in the postseason for the franchise.
The Houston Rockets can learn from their failures
While the concept of a total small-ball lineup may look exciting in the regular season, this post-season proved why it just doesn't work in the playoffs.
The Rockets need to bring in a center who can defend and provide some much-needed size to the lineup. Fortunately for the franchise, Montrezl Harrell is a free agent this off-season and would be a perfect fit for the team.
Adding a much needed defensive anchor to the starting lineup could not only work wonders but also make sure the Houston Rockets can go even further in future NBA Playoffs.
We look forward to bringing you more NBA trade rumors about the Houston Rockets in this off-season.
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