Ty Lawson makes the Rockets better, but it might not matter in the West
By Tim Cato
Houston had a quiet summer punctuated with a trade for Lawson that makes them better, but so is the West.
After three offseasons of constant roster upheaval and the public pursuit big name free agents, Daryl Morey took a different approach to the offseason this summer: the Rockets actually showed patience. There was no chase for Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard or Chris Bosh. No restricted free agents were allowed to walk away to a division rival. Instead, Houston brought back their rotation players and sprung an 11th hour trade for troubled point guard Ty Lawson.
It was a quieter offseason but no doubt an effective one for a team that made it to the Western Conference Finals last year. Lawson isn’t a perfect fit for the roster even if he can corral his addiction issues, but he’s talented enough that it won’t matter. James Harden is still the craftiest scorer in the NBA. Dwight Howard is sure to miss some time, but he looked as healthy as ever in his 17-game postseason run throughout April and May.
The Rockets are better. Their biggest problem, of course, is that the rest of the Western Conference is, too. After winning 56 …read more
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