Report: Rockets to make 'all out push' for LeBron

Report: Rockets to make 'all out push' for LeBron
June 20, 2014, 5:15 pm
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LeBron James in a Rockets uniform?

Well, according to a report, the Rockets are going to try.

Bleacher Report's Howard Beck says that the Rockets are preparing to make an "all-out push" for the league's best player when free agency starts on July 1 if James opts out of his deal in Miami.

Writes Beck:

"The Rockets already have the league's best guard-center tandem (Harden-Howard), solid young role players (Chandler Parsons, who is set to become a restricted free agent, Patrick Beverley and Terrence Jones) and an owner (Les Alexander) who is willing to spend. Houston also has all of its first-round picks for the next couple of years as well as a knack for finding talent late in the draft.

"Like Florida, Texas has no state income tax, negating Miami's advantage on that front and giving the Rockets a big selling point in their pursuit of Anthony. (A player pays about 10 percent more in taxes in New York than in Texas.)

"What the Rockets don't have is salary-cap room. But they could clear about $19 million by unloading a few players, starting with Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, who are taking up a combined $16.7 million in cap space."

Earlier this week, Bovada set the odds that the Rockets land James at 8/1.