The Houston Rockets went into NBA Free Agency with a plan. They were going to get Chris Bosh from the Miami Heat, and find a way to retain Chandler Parsons. What was the end result? They wound up with Trevor Ariza, a mere consolation prize.
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Rockets have come to terms with Ariza on a four-year, $32 million deal after watching Bosh return to Miami and Parsons sign an offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks.
The Houston Rockets have agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with Trevor Ariza, @USATODAYsports has learned.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 12, 2014
Only a few hours after LeBron James made his decision to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Rockets appeared to be in perfect position to take over the Western Conference. Bosh was nearing a deal to sign with Houston after the team traded Jeremy Lin, which would then open a door for them to match the Mavericks’ offer to Parsons. However, Bosh unexpectedly flipped his decision, which began a domino effect the Rockets only believed could happen in their nightmares.
Now they’ve been forced to pull out ‘Plan B,’ which is why Ariza has left the Washington Wizards and is now headed for Houston.
That’s not to say that Ariza isn’t a great signing or fit for the Rockets, but he wasn’t what they originally had their eyes on. He’ll bring quality catch-and-shoot abilities to the floor, which should help open up some space down low for Dwight Howard while taking some of the pressure off of James Harden to be the Houston offense.
Still, Rockets fans can’t help but wonder what could have been. Instead of watching Harden, Howard, Bosh and Parsons light up the West in 2014-15, they’ll be forced to cross their fingers in hopes that Ariza can be the third difference-maker the starting lineup so desperately needs.