Due to a trade this week between the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks, which involved too-many-players-to-name and Josh Harrellson, yet another former Kentucky player has joined the Rockets Roster. “Jorts”, as he’s so affectionately known, now joins Patrick Patterson and Terrence Jones as the third Wildcat in Houston. It shouldn’t be long until the team is officially renamed the “Houston Wildcats”.
There must be something about former Kentucky big men that the Houston organization just loves. Not only are there three Kentucky players there now, but they’ve also employed Chuck Hayes for a number of years in the past. That means four Kentucky post players have now made their way through the city in the last few years. One has to wonder if they’ll be trading for DeMarcus Cousins in the near future.
Joking aside, in all reality it’s unlikely that Houston will be able to keep all three Kentucky players. They selected an excessive number of forwards in this year’s draft, and their roster is currently loaded down in the 6’9″ to 6’10″ range. They’ve made it clear they’re still seeking a prized post player like Dwight Howard, and it’s unlikely they’ll settle for Josh Harrellson in his place.
But there is a small chance Patterson, Jones, and Harrellson will all be playing together, making Houston a second home for Kentucky fans. Just in case the Rockets do manage to keep all three former Cats, it might be a good time for Big Blue Texans to look into season tickets for next year.
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