Report: Rockets plan to pursue George

Ashish Mathur

The Houston Rockets are widely expected to pursue LeBron James this summer in free agency, but they also have interest in another high-prized free-agent.

According to a report from Rockets Wire, Houston general manager Daryl Morey plans to pursue Paul George, a player he's targeted in the past.

George, who played this past season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, will be an unrestricted free-agent once July 1 hits. The Thunder have maintained their primary focus this summer is to re-sign George, but the small forward will surely meet with other teams, most notably his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.

The Rockets have to take care of their own point guard first before signing other stars, as Chris Paul will be a free-agent this summer.

Per the report, the Rockets are slated to have $85.1 million on the books for next season, with the NBA salary cap projected to be around $101 million for the 2018-19 season.

During the regular season, George averaged 21.9 points for the Thunder while shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from beyond the arc. He underwent a scope procedure on his left knee on May 9 and will likely return to offseason basketball activities at some point between June 20 and July 4.