Report: Rockets plan to add another star during free agency

Wednesday June 18th, 2014

(AP Photo/Don Ryan) Dwight Howard and James Harden helped the Houston Rockets win 54 games last season. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The Houston Rockets plan to be aggressive this offseason in free agency, and could possibly add another star to play alongside All-NBA performers James Harden and Dwight Howard.

This year's free agent class could potentially feature the Miami Heat trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, plus New York Knicks high-scoring forward Carmelo Anthony if they all opt-out of their contracts in the next few weeks.

"We're always aggressive," Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said to USA Today. "That's just in our owner's makeup, whether it's adding Clyde (Drexler in 1995) to an already-championship team to adding (Charles) Barkley on a team (in 1996) that might have been just as good as their championship teams but came up short, to obviously doing moves for Tracy McGrady and then James Harden. Our owner has got aggressiveness in his DNA, and obviously I'm at the tip of his spear."

Last season, the Rockets perhaps made the biggest free agency splash, convincing Howard to sign a four-year, $87.59 million deal after he spent one season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

NBA free agents can negotiate with teams starting July 1, but can't sign until the mandatory moratorium ends July 10, after which time the league and the NBPA help structure the salary cap for the upcoming season.

MAHONEY: NBA teams poised for pivotal offseasons

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.