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||[Jul. 12th, 2005|05:04 pm]
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So, the Rockets' most lacking position right now appears to be the power forward. Juwon Howard is good and all, but injuries and lack of a proper reserve leave something to be desired at the spot.
Houston seems to be courting three forwards as of late to try and curb this issue:
- Memphis' Stromile Swift (he's looking for a winner right now)
- L.A. Clippers' Bobby Simmons (quite improved, but he seems a little content in L.A.)
- Boston's Antoine Walker (the biggest surprise)
While Simmons would help, and Swift would be a great addition, Walker seems to be shopping around for a contender right now. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, seems to think he can find that in Houston. While one of the other two would probably be picked up mid-level, a sign-and-trade seems the most likely course of action is the Rockets wanted to take on 'Toine. I'm not even sure he'd be that nice a fit for Van Gundy. Then again, he did work and help mold McGrady this last season, so I guess it can be done.
"We talked in the middle of the night about Antoine," Bartelstein told the Houston Chronicle. "They could do a sign-and-trade. But I will say this, the Rockets are a great organization. They have a lot of great pieces. He sees Houston as a terrific young team with two great players. Antoine sees them as a championship-contending team, and he is looking for a chance to contend for championships."