After bowing out prematurely in the first round of the playoffs, there was little doubt that the Rockets would make some changes this offseason. Perhaps it would be a wing player signed for the mid-level exception, or a trade to acquire a higher draft pick and give Omer Asik opportunities elsewhere. One move that might not have been on many people's radar was a pursuit of Kevin Love, which is now reportedly one of the Rockets' biggest priorities.
Adrian Wojnarowski had this to say in his article discussing the trade possibilities:
The Houston Rockets also plan to make a run at a trade for Love, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Officials believe Love's close relationship and respect for coach Kevin McHale could give the Rockets an edge.
Houston doesn't have the draft picks to offer Minnesota, but does have appealing young players in Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik to include in packages. McHale acquired Love for the T'wolves with a draft-night trade and coached him. Beyond McHale, Houston could offer Love an immediate chance to be part of a contender.
Well, that would certainly be a shakeup. Unfortunately, it's not really news that the Rockets are interested in Kevin Love. If you have a pulse and a PER above 20, the Rockets are probably interested in you. The only question is how the hell can Daryl Morey get Kevin Love to Houston?
Any trade would obviously start with Chandler Parsons and likely include Terrence Jones, but where the Rockets would go from there in trade talks would be a bit of a struggle. Omer Asik is perhaps the Rockets' next best trade chip after Parsons, but his fit in Minnesota is more than a little big problematic with Nikola Pekovic holding down the middle already. A third team could get involved, but conversations get tricky at that point.
Things are still early, and I'm sure this won't be the last we hear of it, but this summer is shaping up to be mighty interesting.