And-Ones: Rockets, Melo, Fisher, Corbin

Rockets owner Les Alexander says he wants to make a “big splash” this summer but wanting to doesn’t make it so, writes Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders.  Carmelo Anthony is clearly target number one for Houston, but he is also the least likely to get Houston beyond the second round.  Scoring was not the Rockets’ problem in 2013/14, so adding Anthony wouldn’t make them substantially better, Ingram argues.  Others possible targets like Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving could make a huge difference, but it’ll be hard to land either one for different reasons. More from around the NBA..

  • Derek Fisher told reporters, including Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman (on Twitter), that it’s too early to determine if he’s going to retire.  Of course, if the Thunder veteran steps away from playing, he’ll find himself among the hottest coaching candidates in the league with vacancies on the Lakers and Knicks benches.
  • Croatian forward Damjan Rudez will workout for the Cavaliers in the coming days, according to a report from Gigantes passed along by Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.  Rudez, who went undrafted in 2008, ended his season with CAI Zaragoza averaging 10.4 points, 2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.  He is under contract with the club but he does have a buyout clause.
  • Former Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin is set to interview for an assistant coaching gig with the Kings, a source tells Jody Genessy of the Deseret News.  Corbin had spent the past ten years with Utah in various capacities.
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4 thoughts on “And-Ones: Rockets, Melo, Fisher, Corbin

  1. alphakira

    “but he is also the least likely to get Houston beyond the second round”
    Completely unfair. Melo hasn’t ever had a teammate even close to the caliber of Howard or Harden. He’s made the playoffs every single year up until 2013/14 season with barely an adequate team behind him.

    And why would Love or Irving be any better than Melo like the article indicates? Neither has ever made the playoffs and neither has proven to be a very good defender. Love is a rich mans David Lee with range and Irving hasn’t exactly proven himself to be a leader in any way. Adding Love or Irving would require much more assets than it would for a s&t for Melo. That means you’d have to give up Parsons, Lin,picks, and most of your bench for Love or Kyrie whereas you could probably get away with just giving up Asik and a 1st for Melo if he tells the Knicks he’s only signing in Houston.

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