Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets have a flair for the dramatic, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they started making waves just minutes into the free-agent negotiating period early Tuesday morning.
According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Houston's general manager has wasted no time pursuing the former Rocket point guard, who most recently suited up for the Toronto Raptors:
Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey has traveled to Philadelphia to meet with free agent guard Kyle Lowry tonight, league source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Additionally, NBA.com's David Aldridge reports that if the Rockets are going to agree to terms with Lowry (no deals can officially be signed until the league's negotiating moratorium comes to a close on July 10), they'd like to do so in a timely fashion:
Rockets want to strike quickly w/Lowry, but Raptors also pushing for a deal. Houston will also talk w/F James Johnson before Melo meeting.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 1, 2014
Aldridge also notes that Rockets head coach Kevin McHale made an appearance at the team's pitch, which could signal just how high a priority the club is making Lowry:
Kevin McHale joining Daryl Morey in making pitch to Lowry, I'm told. Yahoo! reports Morey in Philly to see Lowry in person.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 1, 2014
On the surface, Houston's interest in Lowry may be slightly surprising, but we should have seen this coming, as the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen noted on Monday that the team would have interest in free agency's most coveted floor general:
The Rockets are expected to take a run at their former point guard Kyle Lowry, though the Raptors hope to reach agreement to keep him before the Rockets or other teams would have a chance to know where they stand with their initial targets.
And although they couldn't beat the Rockets to the punch, the Raptors will get their shot.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Toronto's brass has a meeting on the books with Lowry shortly after his session with the Rockets concludes:
I'm told face-to-face meeting between Raptors & prized free agent Kyle Lowry scheduled for later Tuesday ... as in Tuesday in the sunlight— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
It's also worth noting that Lowry made his long-term goals clear to Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy just last week:
I think the right situation is somewhere I’m winning and being happy, and honestly I want to play for a championship, Lowry told Basketball Insiders. I’m happy with making the playoffs and doing that, but the end game for all players should be a championship and that’s what I want to play for. I want to play for a championship.
With those championship aspirations in mind, it's hard not to think that the Rockets could emerge as front-runners in due time.
A potential Lowry reunion would give the Rockets tremendous depth at point guard, particularly when you consider that Patrick Beverley is on the books at an unguaranteed $915,243 for next season, according to ShamSports.
With the Rockets apparently dreaming of a one-two punch capable of hounding opposing ball-handlers for 48 minutes, it's already abundantly clear that Morey intends to keep his foot on the gas as free agency gets underway.