The Houston Rockets don't necessarily need to bring on a star free agent to add to the core of James Harden and Dwight Howard, but if the right player expresses interest, don't be surprised if Houston pounces on the opportunity.
Once again, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has his team in a good position as the offseason approaches. Houston owns all their future draft picks, and with the expiring deals of Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, the Rockets can get under the cap even more quite easily.
It also doesn't hurt that the 2014-15 projected cap is going to be $5 million more than it was this season, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein. With more space to work with, Houston could land a big fish, should one become available.
That sounds like it might be the plan, based on what Rockets owner Leslie Alexander told Mark Berman of MyFoxHouston.com:
"We're going to have cap room to bring in a terrific free agent and I think next year we'll be a lot better than we were this year," Alexander said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
"I think the nucleus is great. I think we have two of the brightest stars in the league. We have players who are going to be much better next year, young guys. We have a very good nucleus."
While a "terrific" free agent can be defined a few different ways, for the sake of this article, we'll focus solely on the big name players that could be the best potential fits for Houston in the 2014 free agency period.