The Rockets’ championship window is wide open no matter what happens against the Warriors

James Harden’s Houston Rockets have never been in better position to win an NBA championship. That is not to say the Rockets are actually in position to win a championship: the epic Golden State Warriors, at the very least, stand in the way. But after Houston’s masterful regular season and a convincing opening two rounds of the NBA playoffs, this is as close as the Rockets have come to the promised land since Harden arrived.

The question is whether, if the Rockets fall short, they’ll be back for more.

The offseason presents a number of major quandaries for Houston. Chris Paul, age 33, will be an unrestricted free agent. Clint Capela will be a restricted free agent, meaning that Houston can match any offer sheet he signs. One expects another team will float a very large contract his way. Trevor Ariza will hit the market.

Meanwhile, Ryan Anderson will still be on the books for $41 million over two years. Eric Gordon is still due $27 million over two years. Bringing the 2017-18 squad back would be pricey and risky, especially given CP3’s age and injury history. But you never walk away from a 65-win team.

That said, Houston’s front office has shown a remarkable ability to remake the

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/5/14/17351508/houston-rockets-future-championship-window-james-harden-warriors

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