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Harden to Help Rockets Recruit Durant in Future?



The Rockets are widely expected to take a step back this season, thanks to all the depth they squandered on the Bosh dice roll, but they expect to have significant salary-cap room next summer — when they can chase point guards as accomplished as Goran Dragic and Rajon Rondo if they choose — as well as in the summer of 2016.

Which is when, sources say, they’d like to give (James) Harden an opportunity to serve as Houston’s lead recruiter in the pursuit of a free agent named Kevin Wayne Durant.

Morey is naturally unwilling (and not allowed by league rules) to discuss any specifics on those fronts. But he likewise won’t budge from his oft-recited claims that the Rockets — no matter what you think of their July dealings or how his critics in rival front offices see it — remain a top-five destination in the league that is home to two of the NBA’s top 10 players.

“We are always going to be swinging big,” Morey said. “We’re only about trying to win championships and how to make that happen. We take big swings at things. Obviously, it worked out the last two summers, but the only way you can land a James Harden or a Dwight Howard is by taking big swings. Sometimes, you hit. Sometimes, you miss. Bosh chose to stay in Miami, but that’s not always going to be the case.

via Marc Stein of ESPN

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