The Houston Rockets are putting together a team that could compete with the best in the Western Conference. Translation: There's a legit NBA title contender forming in H-Town.
The team has agreed to terms on a trade with the Denver Nuggets for troubled but talented point guard Ty Lawson, per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. That deal gives the Rockets one of the best starting units in the NBA. Lawson, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard could play with any starting five in the league.
With starters like that, the only question would be depth. If recent rumors are true, the Rockets are close to securing the services of two potentially valuable veterans. Sharpshooter Jason Terry spent last season in a Rockets uniform, and, per Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com, the two sides are close to agreeing on terms that will bring the soon-to-be 38-year-old back to the Rockets:
Terry isn't the player he once was, but he did average seven points per game last season in a reserve role. He also made 39 percent of his three-point shots. If he can provide similar production in the 2015-16 season, he'll have done his job.
Also, the Rockets are reportedly close to signing veteran big man Chuck Hayes, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
The undersized Hayes stands just 6'6", but his incredible lower-body strength and toughness make him a solid low-post defender. He spent the last two seasons playing for the Toronto Raptors, but Hayes played the first six years of his NBA career with the Rockets.
If he can spell Howard and Jones while playing eight to 10 minutes per contest, he'll be a valuable player in head coach Kevin McHale's rotation.
Houston also brought back defensive-minded pogo stick K.J. McDaniels, per Watkins, and inked scoring guard Marcus Thornton. The Rockets bench is looking formidable and set up to be a balanced group with scorers and lockdown defenders.
Utah Likes Brock Motum
Forward Brock Motum is apparently close to signing a partially guaranteed contract with the Utah Jazz, per NBA.com's Angus Crawford:
Motum averaged 8.2 points per game during the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League. The 6'10" Australian made 35 percent of his threes.
The Jazz also signed him back in August 2014, but he didn't stick with the team. Perhaps this year will create a better opportunity for Motum to remain with Utah for the entire season.
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