Houston Rockets Must Re-Ignite Pau Gasol Trade Interest

January 8th, 2013 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
Had it not been for some divine intervention from commissioner David Stern, Pau Gasol would be basking in the lowlights of Houston with Jeremy Lin.

Instead, the struggling Gasol is wilting under the unrelenting L.A. glare.

And the Houston Rockets are searching for consistent frontcourt production.

The Rockets have the requisite superstar dreams and gambling nature to renew these trade talks. Their offseason additions of the unproven combo of Lin and Omer Asik show the franchise's willingness to shoot for the moon and foot the bill for doing so. Their role of the dice on rookie Royce White (whose struggles with anxiety disorder have been well documented) simply further these notions.

The fact that Lin (12.1 points and 6.4 assists per game) and Asik (11.4 rebounds and 10.6 points per game) have both given the club early returns on their investments has only teased the appetite of Rockets GM Daryl Morey.

Houston's game plan for 2012-13 was quite simple. Coach Kevin McHale was tasked with simply developing the plethora of young talent on the roster (Carlos Delfino is the only Rocket with more than three years of NBA experience) in ...

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