The Rockets have officially entered the double MVP era.
Westbrook talked eloquently at the press conference that he wanted to fight for the championship, and Morey was also very happy, thinking that the double MVP combination in his playing year must be successful.
But there are still loopholes in the Rockets’ lineup.
On July 27th, , American media ClutchFans broke the news that the Rockets are willing to pay the luxury tax for Iguodala.
The double MVP combination between Dangda is very strong.
The Russell-Bob Cousy double-MVP duo of the 1960s created a great Celtics dynasty, the Kareem-Jabbar-Magic Johnson double-MVP duo of the 1980s created showtime moments, and most recently the Warriors
The double MVP combination has reached the finals for 3 consecutive seasons and won the championship twice, but it is a pity that they broke up this summer.
The Rockets’ current lineup has obvious flaws. The striker position is short of people. The Rockets need to introduce a striker, and Iguodala is the target candidate for the Rockets.
US media ClutchFans broke the news: “The source revealed that the Rockets’ salary will remain below the luxury tax line unless there is a significant signing, and Andre Iguodala meets this condition.”
Iguodala was traded to the Grizzlies by the Warriors this summer. There are many teams that want to get Iguodala. In addition to the Rockets, there are the Lakers, Clippers, Nuggets and Mavericks.
The 35-year-old Iguodala still has good abilities.
In the playoffs last season, Iguodala made the Rockets suffer, scoring in double figures 5 times in 6 games, and he defended Harden very well.
In the playoffs last season, Iguodala averaged 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, and his three-point shooting percentage was 35.0%. He is completely an all-around fighter.
Iguodala is good at fighting tough battles and is the perfect jigsaw puzzle for the championship.
The Grizzlies currently hope to get a return by trading Iguodala, and will not consider cutting Iguodala for the time being.
The Rockets are trying to get Iguodala through a trade. One of the plans is to sign first and then trade, using Shumpert as one of the chips.
The Athletic reporter Kelly Iko reported on July 26 that the Rockets are still exploring the possibility of signing first and then trading Shumpert.
To use Shumpert to sign first and then trade, the target is of course Iguodala, and the Rockets have to pay the draft pick as a bargaining chip.
The Grizzlies are now asking for a relatively high price, and the offers from other teams cannot meet the requirements of the Grizzlies. It is rumored that the Lone Ranger’s offer of Courtney Lee and a second-round pick were rejected.
If the Rockets adopt Shumpert’s sign-and-trade deal, it will inevitably lead to a huge increase in salary and a high luxury tax.
Rockets owner Fertitta specifically explained whether he is willing to pay the luxury tax during the offseason: “As a successful businessman, I can say responsibly that I would rather spend several times the money to get the team better.
Results. To put it bluntly, with results, sponsorships and various incomes will come in a steady stream. Paying taxes is not the goal, but winning is the goal, but if paying taxes can make us win, I agree with it.”
Fertitta’s assets have now reached 5.2 billion US dollars. His words are very clear. If the Rockets really have a great chance to win the championship, he is willing to pay a luxury tax.
As far as the current situation is concerned, Iguodala is a puzzle that can greatly improve the Rockets’ chances of winning the championship. According to the US media ClutchFans, the Rockets are willing to pay a luxury tax for Iguodala.
But if the Rockets have no chance to get Iguodala, then the Rockets’ total salary next season is still likely to be controlled below the luxury tax line.