Houston Rockets chasing third star for Harden and Howard

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In the past two free agency periods, the Houston Rockets have tried to bring in another player of star calibre to play alongside All-Star's James Harden and Dwight Howard.

Last year they made big pitches to woo stars like Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks and the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh and LeBron James, yet failed to seal a deal for any of their prime targets despite putting big offers on the table.

Weaker Now

Those pursuits and infatuation with the big names ended up costing them dearly in the talent department as the Rockets ended up leaving it too late to keep Chandler Parsons away from the Dallas Mavericks, and letting Jeremy Lin and Omar Asik go in an effort to reduce their salary cap for a player like Melo or Bosh to come in,

That may prove to be a blessing in disguise though if general manager Daryl Morey is able to add the much desired third star thanks to the new NBA salary cap.

Sweet, Sweet Salary

From Basketball Insiders:

"Yes, the new deal absolutely does help the Rockets get themselves into contention for a third superstar, though a lot of that depends on how the new money makes its way into the salary cap. It might be more gradual that we originally thought, but either way there’s going to be more than enough cash to get another big name paid."

While that’s good news for the Houston Rockets, keep in mind they aren’t going to be the only team with extra money to spend.

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Spending Sprees

The Miami Heat are already said to be prepared to unleash their cash flow come 2016 and the Los Angeles Lakers could have enough money to offer three maximum level contracts under the new salary cap.

All that said, plenty can happen between now and then so nothing is set in concrete. Still, it’s clear the Houston Rockets are going to have a significant amount of cap space if things stay on the same path and few destinations will be more attractive than teaming up with Dwight Howard and James Harden.

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