Well, Daryl Morey seems to have heard our wishes for another big man. First, the Rockets secured a meeting with top-line free agent center/forward Al Horford. And now they're being linked to Cavaliers center and unrestricted free agent Timofey Mozgov, along with the Heat, Warriors, Spurs and the Cavs.
The 7'1", 275-lb Mozgov is coming off perhaps his worst year in the pros, as he struggled to rebound back into form after offseason knee surgery. He averaged only 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just over 17 minutes per game and lost time down the stretch and in the postseason to Channing Frye.
Despite his struggles this past season, Mozgov actually looked like a possible late breakout candidate the year before, averaging 10.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 59.0 percent shooting for the Cavs and seemed primed for a big season before the setback with his knee.
If Mozzy can return to his 2014-2015 form (not totally a sure thing for the soon-to-be 30-year-old) , he'd be a fine contributor off the bench for the Rockets, with the capability to step in as a spot starter if necessary. And if the Rockets were to somehow add both Horford and Mozgov, it'd be quite a big man haul for a team looking extremely light on the front line as it currently stands.
If the Rockets could also add a re-sign of Donatas Motiejunas to that group (along with holdovers Clint Capela and Montrezl Harrell), they'd have the flexibility, versatility, size and depth to match frontcourts with just about anyone in the league, and suddenly, a former weakness becomes a strength. It would also give newbies Chinanu Onuaku and Zhou Qi time to develop in the D-League (or overseas in Zhou's case) instead of trial by fire on a team looking to compete in the West.
Plus, there's the likelihood of seeing Mozzy acting in local commercials, and who wouldn't want some of that?