Houston enters the 2023 offseason with about $60 million in salary cap flexibility, which leads the NBA. As rumored for months, a reunion with Harden — who previously played eight-plus seasons with the Rockets at an All-Star level — is one of the leading options.
However, it’s not the only option for the Rockets, who do appear to have backup plans in the event that Harden doesn’t return.
Former franchise player and current 76ers guard James Harden is the top target for Houston in free agency, according to league sources, representing the veteran leadership and elite point guard needed to establish structure and offensive cohesion.
They also said acquiring a veteran point guard is Houston’s primary objective, meaning even if a move for Harden didn’t materialize, names like Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Donte DiVincenzo and even former Rockets player Chris Paul could be considered should they become available.
The complete article, which also includes tidbits on Houston’s 2023 NBA draft considerations, can be viewed here.
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— Kelly Iko (@KellyIko) May 23, 2023