So, the rumor mill is currently connecting the Houston Rockets in a three-way trade that would send Chris Paul to the Lakers and possibly move Pau Gasol to Houston.â†µ
This is exactly the kind of move Morey likes to make. Not only is he picking up an asset already under a long-term contract (Gasol is signed for three years for $57 million). It fixes Houston's problem in the middle and adds a legitimate superstar to the roster.
Gasol has averaged 18-10 over the past two seasons, but last year was the first time since his second season in the league that he played in 82 games. He's a bit of a risk, but would be the cornerstone piece Houston has lacked.â†µ
Yes, they'd give up Kevin Martin and Luis Scola, but have guys like Patrick Patterson to step in. Plus, there's word that Houston could go after DeAndre Jordan or Nene to make a very solid front court.â†µ
If the Rockets can make this deal without giving up Budinger, Patterson, Lowery or Marcus Morris, it's a slam dunk.