The Houston Rockets re-signed Chris Paul to a 4-year/$160 million deal. This was not such a surprise as this scenario has been considered most likely as soon as CP3 was traded to the Rockets a year ago.
News of the day for Rockets' fans (when it comes to a level of surprise) are reports that Trevor Ariza is leaving Houston and signed a one-year $15 million to go to Phoenix and play for the Suns. Harden and CP3 are obvious stars in Houston but Ariza’s contribution, specifically against the Warriors, will be difficult to substitute on the free agency market. Productive wings are rare, very important, and difficult to trade for and the Rockets will be capped out, and signing one is not a likely scenario.
That being said, the reigning GM of the year Daryl Morey always has a trick up his sleeve and we should never sleep on the Rockets. They were a hamstring away from going to the Finals and being favorites in the Finals, so running back your core makes perfect sense. It is a win-now move as that hamstring will be 37 and making 40ish million dollars in ‘21-’22 season.
If they don’t have it already, the Rockets should have ‘’In Daryl, we trust’’ t-shirts. They will need it in a few years.