June 28, 2017, 4:39 am
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported on Tuesday night that the Rockets have emerged as “increasingly serious threats” to sign point guard Chris Paul in free agency this summer. As it currently stands Houston wouldn’t have enough cap space to sign Paul to a contract he desires, so how can they make it possible?
The Rockets would have to clear cap space and as ESPN reported last week, Houston is “aggressively” trying to trade away veterans Patrick Beverley, Ryan Anderson and Lou Williams in an attempt to make room for a top-tier free agent signing.
The Kings currently own the most cap space in the NBA at around $52 million so they are able to help facilitate such deals by taking on a player with a hefty contract.
Stein mentioned Sacramento as a possible team that could help Houston out:
“Sources said that Houston has been focused on trying to find a team with cap space to take on Anderson — such as the Sacramento Kings — in hopes of potentially creating up to $28.5 million in room under the cap.”
Such a deal would obviously mean the Kings end up with Anderson, but they could also land a future first round draft pick in the process and maybe a young player like Sam Dekker. It purely depends on how desperate the Rockets are to clear cap room.
As for adding a player like Anderson, who is a Sacramento native and has been connected to the team multiple times during his NBA career, his contract is jaw-dropping with three years left at $20 million per season.
A contract like that could tie the organization down for quite some time but we have seen teams like Utah and Portland benefit by gaining valuable assets in the process.
In 72 games with the Rockets last season, Anderson had averages of 13.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 29.4 minutes per game on 41.8 percent shooting from the field (40.3 percent from three).
Sacramento will be rumored in many scenarios like this throughout free agency so don’t be surprised when they pop up. Many teams have limited cap space and when desperate times call for desperate measures, the Kings can jump in and reap the rewards.