Source: Rockets no longer interested in Timberwolves F Robert Covington, still plan to be aggressive in market before trade deadline. https://t.co/nrJCI7zzpX— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) January 17, 2020
The Rockets will remain aggressive on the trade market, as Iko also reports, with GM Daryl Morey likely to make at least a move or two to add depth to the roster. This isn’t surprising, as Morey is one of the more creative GMs in the NBA. But the Rockets don’t have much wiggle room this time around and really need to do something a bit more significant in order to jump themselves into the legit title contender conversation in the West.
As currently standing, Houston is 26-14 entering Friday, the No. 5 seed in the West. They are 6.5 games off the Lakers for first place in the conference and have a host of teams surrounding them in the standings. This is always the case, but we’ve seen the Rockets put together better seasons — 2017-18 when the team was 65-17 and the No. 1 overall seed. But with the Lakers (AD, LeBron James) and Clippers (PG-13, Kawhi) both boasting more impressive duos, Houston will have a tough time getting out of the West.