1. Rockets upgrade roster, 76ers save $16.9 million
The Rockets have just $59.8 million on their books for next season. Assuming they keep their two first-round picks, Houston needs to save $11.8 million for their cap holds, which leaves them with $62.3 million to play with to build their roster into a contender.
If James Harden decides to head to Houston on a max contract, he would make $46.9 million next season, which still leaves Houston with $15.4 million in cap space. If Harden is willing to take a bit less, the Rockets could pull off this trade.
The 76ers may not have a ton of interest in KPJ or Tate, but it gives them two tradeable contracts to move if a deal arises. Few teams are going to be willing to take Harris’ $39.2 million, but Porter Jr. is making just $15.8 million, and it could be the perfect deal to trade for a key role at the deadline.
The Sixers would have about $25 million in cap space following this move, which may be just enough to sign Fred VanVleet to replace Harden. Would Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, and FVV keep Philadelphia in title contention? They would have to explore trading KPJ and their 2029 1st round pick for an impactful wing, but Daryl Morey has gotten more out of less.
The Philadelphia 76ers could face some difficult decisions this summer, especially if James Harden leaves. Will Tobias Harris be traded? Fans should stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.