Daryl Morey doesn’t expect to make a significant trade before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
The Rockets have expressed interest in adding another star to pair with James Harden.
"Most likely, it's not going to be through trade," Morey said. "Most likely, it's going to be through the use of our cap room where we have max room this summer.
"I think (the time between now and the deadline) is going to be quiet. Of course a year ago, if you would've said, 'James Harden – what about him?' I would've said, 'No way. They won't trade him.' You never know. You stay opportunistic. But I would guess that this trade deadline is going to be quiet.”
Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Andrew Bynum will headline this summer’s free-agent class.
In a recent interview, Harden was asked which player he would most like to have as a teammate. Harden -- who doesn't have off-court relationships with any of the players mentioned -- says he's not sure just yet.
"I don't, and if I did have a guy I'd be texting him every single day," he said. "Dwight, Chris Paul, Bynum, all of them. I haven't come across them. I'm more low-key."