When LeBron James decided to the join the Cleveland Cavaliers today, the Houston Rockets became big winners. With the move, the Rockets became the clear-cut front-runner to land Chris Bosh. Immediately after James chose the Cavaliers, Houston began working the phone lines to clear up cap space. Most likely, the Rockets will land Bosh, and with his addition, they will have a team capable of halting the chances of a San Antonio Spurs repeat.
Within the hour, various sources such as ESPN’s Marc Stein and Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski have reported that a deal which sends Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers is rapidly approaching. This will give the Rockets ample room to give Bosh the contract he deserves.
After that move, Houston will re-sign Chandler Parsons, who was given an offer sheet from the Dallas Mavericks yesterday.
With Parsons and Bosh on board, the Rockets will boast an extremely formidable starting lineup. In the backcourt, James Harden has a unique ability to score and distribute. At small forward, Parsons can stretch the floor and defend the perimeter. In the frontcourt, Dwight Howard will have even more room to operate this season because of Bosh’s skill set. With Bosh on the outside, it will be very difficult for teams to double Howard down low. Additionally, Bosh will no longer have to defend the opposing center as he did with the Miami Heat, leaving that responsibility to a capable Howard.
The Rockets, who had a chance to miss out on both Parsons and Bosh depending on the timing of James’ free agency decision, will finish this period as one of the biggest winners. When Bosh joins the Rockets, Houston will possess the greatest opportunity to beat the Spurs in attempts of winning the 2015 NBA Finals, even greater than James and the Cavaliers.