2013 NBA Free Agency: Grading the offseason for the Southwest Division

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Houston Rockets

Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) during the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Players Added

Rookies: G Isaiah Canaan, F Kostas Papanikolaou, C Marko Todorovic

Free Agents: G Aaron Brooks (re-signed), C Marcus Camby, F Omri Casspi, C Dwight Howard, G/F Reggie Williams, Francisco Garcia (re-signed)

Trades: None

Players Lost

Free Agents: None

Trades: F Thomas Robinson, F Royce White

Waived: G/F James Anderson, G/F Carlos Delfino, F Tim Ohlbrecht

You have to hand it to the Rockets as they hit the jackpot.

First let’s look back to last year when Darryl Morey landed James Harden in a trade and while he may have been questioned a bit for handing out large deals to Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, it paid off.

Now Morey lands Howard and instantly the Rockets are contenders.

There are still holes as I’m not sold as Lin being a championship caliber point guard and there are still question marks at the 4.

But Morey turned players like Jeremy Lamb and Kevin Martin into Harden and Howard. Throw an emerging Chandler Parsons into the mix and you have the makings of a contender.

In addition the Rockets get a steal on draft day by landing Canaan in the second round and add a couple of snipers in Williams and Garcia. It’s hard to complain about anything the Rockets did.

Grade: A

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