Houston Rockets playing with fire offering Battier and Brooks for Rubio
Rubio has some upside and his presence would improve the team’s profile in Europe. And perhaps, Houston is comfortable with Ron Artest (if they re-sign him) and Luis Scola at the forward spots. Also, Kyle Lowry, who was acquired at the trade deadline,
Could conceivably replace Brooks as the starter, while Rubio takes his time to develop …
Breaking NBA news mixed with analysis …
Their news: "Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News reported that the Wolves turned down a deal with the Houston Rockets that would have resulted in Aaron Brooks and Shane Battier headed to Minnesota for Ricky Rubio." (Mitch Lawrence of The New York Daily News via Real GM)
Our Very Quick Analysis: After winning a playoff round with effort, hustle, and chemistry, the Houston Rockets were reportedly willing to sacrifice that momentum by entering the Ricky Rubio sweepstakes.
Recent reports had ‘H-Town’ offering the Minnesota Timberwolves a package of glue-guy Shane Battier and lightning-quick table-setter Aaron Brooks. Well, if you’re Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey why would you risk breaking up a developing team for an eighteen-year old kid’s potential?
Rubio has upside and his presence would have improved the team’s profile in Europe. And perhaps, Houston would’ve survived with Ron Artest (if they re-sign him) and Luis Scola manning the forward spots. Also, Kyle Lowry, who was acquired at the trade deadline, could’ve replaced Brooks as the starter and provided Rubio with time to develop.
Still, the conservative, money-ball Rockets pushed the world champion Lakers to seven games in the second round of the playoffs. Why risk the good feeling among players by chasing a shaggy-haired, skinny teenager?