The Houston Rockets need to improve drastically in order to compete for a championship in the Western Conference. That likely means general manager Daryl Morey will look long and hard for a strong third wheel to help out James Harden and Dwight Howard.
Now, the case can be made that the team already has a Big Three in Howard, Harden and small forward Chandler Parsons. After all, the Florida product is only 25 years old and continues to get better every season.
However, the Rockets' recent history under Morey has been to respond to disappointment by making a huge splash. For example, the GM didn't let Omer Asik coming off a career year stand in his way of signing Howard last summer.
Parsons is coming off a career year in his own right. He averaged 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds (both career bests) while shooting 47 percent from the field and 37 percent from downtown. In the playoffs he scored 19.3 points and grabbed 6.8 rebounds per game.
All that matters, though, is the Rockets were bounced out in the first round for the second year in a row. With so much potential star power available via either trade or free agency, someone like Parsons can easily go from rising star to trade bait.
The assembling of a talented trio has been the NBA's biggest fad for some time now. The Boston Celtics did it with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. That led to two NBA Finals appearances and a championship.
After disposing of the Indiana Pacers for the third year in a row, the Miami Heat will be making their fourth straight run to the NBA Finals on the strength of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. That trio has already won two titles with a solid chance at bringing a third back to South Beach.
With two members of their own Big Three already in place, who should the Houston Rockets target to be their third man?