Houston has always been a top destination for big time nba players. Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Steve Francis, Tracy McGrady, Ron Artest, etc have all requested and gotten trades to houston.
“Today, we rip the hearts out of these ****in' haters!!!” - Demeco Ryans pregame speech vs ATL
They absolutely are. The next step is getting a power forward.
Why is nobody mentioning the no state income tax thing? That's the dirty little secret behind Miami pairing up all three of those guys, they didn't really take less money, it's just a smaller cap hit. You save a ton without state income tax, Assuming Miami and Orlando are out of the market for top FA's Houston can offer more total money than anyone other than a player's original team (and I don't know the math behind this, but maybe even more than them). For that reason they're a major player now with any big free agent.
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