With stars wanting out, Rockets trade Covington to Portland for Ariza

Soooo.... this offseason isn't going quite as planned.

Mike D'Antoni gone. Daryl Morey gone. Now James Harden and Russell Westbrook want to do the same.

New general manager Rafael Stone is just getting his feet wet and he has a full-blown crisis on his hands. With the 2020 offseason underway, Stone made a move late Monday night, sending Robert Covington to Portland for former Rocket Trevor Ariza and two first-round picks, including the 16th selection in Wednesday's draft.

First reaction, this appears to be the start of a rebuild, but I'm not sure that's certain. Ariza is no Covington at this stage of his career, but he's very familiar with Harden and PJ Tucker, and the two picks could be to add key contributors around Harden or sent out in deals for someone who could be.

BUT... that's just the hope. With Harden wanting out to Brooklyn, the Rockets must be wise here. Try to convince Harden to stay. If that can't be done, get the most significant haul possible for the former MVP.

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