NBA Rumors: Rockets Eyeing Chris Paul, Three Other Big-Name Free Agents

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Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, Houston Rockets point guard James Harden

The Houston Rockets evidently have big summer plans.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Wednesday, citing league sources, that Houston is aggressively pursuing trades leading up to Thursday’s NBA draft in order to create the financial flexibility necessary to go after a marquee free agent this offseason. The Rockets’ list of potential free-agent targets is impressive, especially with Houston coming off a 55-win season led by James Harden’s stellar play.

Sources told Stein the Rockets have at least four top-tier free agents in their sights: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry and Paul Millsap.

The order in which Houston intends to pursue those players is unclear, but one source close to the situation told ESPN on Wednesday to expect the Rockets to go “hard” after Paul, a nine-time All-Star coming off his sixth season with the Los Angeles Clippers after spending his first six seasons with the New Orleans Hornets.

These rumblings come amid reports that Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has been given a four-year contract extension that’ll take him through the 2021-22 season. Clearly, the Rockets have faith in his ability to build an NBA Finals contender.

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