Rockets To Make Play For Love, Aldridge

9:24am: Both Jones and the No. 18 pick are very available as the Rockets look to shed salary, Stein tweets.

8:27am: The Rockets will try to get in the mix for Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge this summer, according to Marc Stein of (Twitter links). The Rockets do not have a whole lot of cap space to work with this summer, but they are working to change that.  Stein adds that Houston is likely to try to trade Terrence Jones at some point today (link).

Yesterday, we learned that Love will opt out of his contract with the Cavs to become a free agent.  By opting out, the forward can make as much as the max, an estimated $18.96MM.  Some executives have been predicting that the Cavs will sign-and-trade him to one of his many suitors, given the success Cleveland had without him while he was out with a shoulder injury during the playoffs, though Griffin insists he wants to keep the core of his team together, as Grantland’s Zach Lowe wrote earlier this week. There’s little doubt the Cavs will put a max offer of their own on the table for him, as Brian Windhorst of wrote in late April, several weeks after ESPN colleague Chris Broussard had heard from rival executives who’d begun to question that prospect.

Aldridge, meanwhile, is said to be coming increasingly fond of the Lakers.  The big man will have tons of suitors this summer and the Blazers are reportedly concerned about him bolting.

Jones is scheduled to earn $2,489,530 during the 2015/16 season after having his fourth-year option exercised by Houston.  He was selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft.

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