Thursday, July 15th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  18 responses

Rockets to Match Kyle Lowry’s Offer from Cavs

Houston wasted little time in securing the fifth-year point guard. The Houston Chronicle explains: “The Rockets might have indulged in a moment of sticker shock. They should not, however, have been at all surprised with the offer sheet Kyle Lowry received, worth roughly $24 million over four years. But if they wish, they could spend a moment mildly taken aback with the deal. Then they matched it … They always said they would, starting March 9 when Lowry came back from his injury. GM Daryl Morey gave his reasons, and they were good reasons then, and they are good reasons now. Failing to match would have been announcing that they were just posturing, and it would be remembered the next time a restricted free agent is shopping for a deal, with next time scheduled for roughly 10 minutes later when the phone in Luis Scola’s agent’s pocket starts ringing. That, however, is not even close to the only reason to match. The Rockets’ season went south when Lowry went out. When teams spoke of all that Rockets grit and toughness, they were describing Lowry. He was not the only one that showed it, but he helped give the Rockets the quality that defined them through the first months of the season.”

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  • hobbes

    Remember one time Lakers wanna sign Lowry? But Cavs? Although Rockets overpaid him, they just dont wanna Cavs get shit, its karma Dan and it already starts! hahaha…

  • hobbes

    Remember one time Lakers wanna sign Lowry? But Cavs? Although Rockets overpaid him, they aint give Cavs nothing, its karma Dan and it already started! hahaha…

  • WangChung

    Ouch. Cavs can’t catch a break.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    This doesnt bother me that much though he should be a great pick up for our team if it wasnt matched by houston.. but with the cap, every million is needed.. 24 mil is a bit too much, if he had been offered 20 mil for 4 years then i’d say we REALLY lost what could be a great pick up. On to the next one Cavs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    guys.. do you think that even if Dan Gilbert didnt make the letter-gate, it would be any easier for our team to get who we wanted? this is free agency right?

  • hobbes

    Positive thinking.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Good move for the Rockets. Kyle Lowry is underrated.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ^so it is karma? GTFOH..

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    I’m sure the Cavs expected houston to match. They just figured let’s try and see what happens. I don’t think Lowry offers a ton more than the other pg’s the Cavs have so this isn’t a huge disapointment. I don’t think players really want to avoid Cleveland because of Dan’s letter. They would go if the money was right and if they thought they would get a chance to play for another deal down the line. Nobody believes the Cavs have a chance of winning and it’s not considered a ‘great’ city/location so just like before LeBron, it’s going to be difficult to attract players there.

  • T-Money

    Can someone remind me again what shrewd moves Morey pulled off to be considered one of the best GMs in the league besides holding a conference at his alma mater? Of course, all the sports journalists will rave about him because he gives them access, makes them feel smarter and less complexed in front of executives who have actually played the game. The Rockets were a middle of the pack team when he got the position and they’re in the middle of the pack now. You need advanced stats to tell you that Lowry is a marginal player not worthy of 6 mil per?

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    The Cavs have 4 PG’s on the roster that they don’t trust to run their new ‘up-tempo’ offense. Although I think this really suits Telfair’s style well, doesn’t seem as though he’s going to get a shot. It seems that Stephon Marbury may be a good pick for the Cavs. He has issues but is trying to prove himself NBA worthy again so would likely be on his best behaviour and may be a possitive influence on his little cousin’s game as well as could help boobie. Also, since LBJ is gone the Cavs need someone who can fill seats and create his own shots – from this standpoint AI seems to fit the bill. Even as a shell of his former self, he’s clearly a better option than anyone else on the roster and still fills seats. Both of these guys have baggage but the Cavs really may be a good place for them.

  • http://Yahoo Shanoooooooo

    Yea, he’s over paid but who isn’t in the NBA. But he’s a strong back up point and finished alot of games for the Rockets while Brooks was at the two or on the pine.

  • LA Huey

    Damn, there goes those championship hopes….

  • jojo

    cavaliers should take a closer look again either ALLEN IVERSON or T-MAC seriously if they badly need a leader at this point

  • http://www.hufsf.com Waylonakolipse

    Lowry is a baller. I like his game better than what’s his face yeah Brooks….Playground ball Lowry would smash most NBA PGs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Nupe, NO STEPH, NO IVERSON! no crazy signings!

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    jojo.. iverson leader? GTFOH! again no crazy signings!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    T-Money: You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about–Lowry is well worth the 6 mil/year, and MORE. You obviously need stats to judge his game because you clearly haven’t watched him play nearly enough, but his value to the Rockets transcends the stat sheet. Not to mention he is one of the best defensive point guards in the league.
    And I don’t get your distaste for Morey. The Rockets have been 12-deep for several years now under Morey–and I would even say they’ve had the deepest roster. The reason they haven’t won is due to injury, NOT poor management. That the Rockets were able to push LA to 7 games last year, and then compete this year after losing Artest, is testament to Morey’s deft management.