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Rockets' Daryl Morey happy with roster after Covington-Capela trade

LOS ANGELES — As he surveyed the NBA landscape, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey holds two opinions that he does not consider to be mutually exclusive.

When it comes to predicting the next NBA champion, Morey argued that the Los Angeles Lakers “deserved to be called the favorites.” When it comes to sizing up teams that have a good shot at stopping that from happening? Morey contended, “we feel very comfortable we can beat the Lakers.”

With the Rockets dealing center Clint Capela to Atlanta in a four-team, 12-player trade that yielded Minnesota wing Robert Covington, Morey believes the Rockets have enough 3-point shooters in James Harden, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers, Danuel House Jr. and Covington to compensate for the size that LeBron James and Anthony Davis bring. Houston also has Russell Westbrook, who has accelerated the team’s pace with his rebounding, speed and play-making.

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“It presents some challenges for us with our size,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel conceded. “But we also feel our size presents some challenges for them as well.”

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