Re-Grading Every Houston Rockets Offseason Acquisition

Vinny Hardy@ IDecember 14, 2012

Re-Grading Every Houston Rockets Offseason Acquisition

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    During the summer months it seemed as if the Houston Rockets season would never arrive. When the NBA season ends, executives roll up their sleeves in earnest and dive right into constructing their rosters for the upcoming campaign.

    Rockets general manager Daryl Morey had a busy summer to say the least. He's compiled a nice young roster that has the ability to grow together into something special.

    Let's take a few minutes and look at some of his acquisitions.

Traded Kyle Lowry

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    The focus of this article is on the acquisitions, but in this case the trade of Kyle Lowry led to an acquisition.

    In this case, a future acquisition. Moving Lowry was more like addition by subtraction. There was no need to see him and Kevin McHale butt heads any longer.

    He was traded to the Toronto Raptors on July 11.

    The player the Houston Rockets received in return was Gary Forbes. He didn't make the 15-man roster. Houston will also receive a future first-round pick.

    Grade: C

Traded Marcus Camby

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    Like the Kyle Lowry trade, the Marcus Camby trade also took place on July 11.

    Quite a bit was sent back to the Rockets in return. Josh Harrelson and Jerome Jordan didn't stick.

    Houston also received two second-round picks. Toney Douglas also became a Rocket and has started playing quite a bit better of late.

    Grade: B-

Signed Jeremy Lin

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    On July 17 the Houston Rockets made their biggest splash when they signed Jeremy Lin to a three-year $25.1 million contract.

    The Houston Rockets found themselves in need of a point guard and Lin was in need of a place to play after Linsanity had faded.

    Lin hasn't hit his stride yet, but this was still a nice move.

    Grade: B-

Traded Courtney Lee

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    On July 20 the Houston Rockets took part in a three team trade. Courtney Lee was sent to the Boston Celtics.

    The Rockets received JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore and Sean Williams as well as a second-round pick and the rights to John Diebler from the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Lots of players involved but not much to show for it. It will be interesting to see how the pick is used.

    Grade: C-

Signed Omer Asik

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    The Houston Rockets knocked it out of the park with the acquisition of Omer Asik.

    He's a legit big man who works hard on both ends of the court. Can't ask for much more than that.

    Grade: A

Signed Carlos Delfino

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    A nice veteran presence is never a bad thing. As young as the Houston Rockets are, it is a must have.

    On August 20, Carlos Delfino signed with Houston as a free agent. His 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and one steal a game are much needed.

    The experience and leadership he provides are even more important.

    Grade: B+

Signed Scott Machado

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    The Houston Rockets signed point guard Scott Machado on September 18. He hasn't contributed much and has been back forth between Houston and Rio Grande Valley with the D-League affiliate.

    The move provided depth at the point guard spot. When you look back and see how thin they were at point guard in the offseason, this wasn't exactly a bad thing.

    Grade: C

Drafted Jeremy Lamb

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    Jeremy Lamb was a silky smooth shooting guard while at Connecticut. He would have fit right in with the Houston Rockets' youth movement.

    He played well in the Summer League and would've developed into a nice player.

    Grade: B

Drafted Royce White

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    The standoff between Royce White and the Houston Rockets continues. White still feels dissatisfied with way the Rockets have handled his anxiety disorder. 

    Grade: F

Drafted Terrence Jones

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    Terrence Jones is the only holdover from the Houston Rockets 2012 NBA Draft. He's played well when he gets to play.

    He needs to see more minutes come his way. Staying ready is the key, as it's been hard to know when his number will get called.

    Grade: B

Traded for James Harden

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    On October 27, the Houston Rockets pulled off the massive trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and picks were sent to OKC.

    The Rockets got James Harden, Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward in return. 

    Hayward has since been waived.

    Harden's debut was unforgettable, and he's been solid overall since then. Cook and Aldrich have played occasionally.

    No matter which direction the Rockets go from here on out, this trade will be one that is always remembered.

    Grade: A