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Houston Rockets: Five Realistic Options To Improve Immediately

By Andre Cantalogo
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Oct 21, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (11) stretches prior to a game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Phoenix won 99-87. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

4 – Pursue Trade Options

The time for half measures is almost at an end. In a wildly competitive Western Conference you either engage right from the beginning or you start prepping for the next season. The Rockets are almost reaching a point of no return.

Daryl Morey and the rest of the staff must recognize that fact especially when Kevin McHale was promptly fired. Nevertheless, things are still progressing at a slow pace and it may be essential to make personnel changes to the roster.

There is absolutely no need for a team like the Rockets to wait for the trade deadline and as a matter of fact, February could be too late for the team.

So here’s two realistic options that could elevate the team’s overall ability and performance:

Markieff Morris

Markieff Morris is attainable, that much we know. What the Rockets would have to give up for him might make this move debatable. Certainly Morris wouldn’t come cheap, so someone with upside like Terrence Jones would probably need to be included as a viable trade option. Not ideal, however Morris would offer more production presumably.

Due to TJ’s bad season start and his susceptibility toinjury, this trade is a seductive alternative. Markieff can offer the Rockets more stability in the power forward position, he is an option to spread the floor and a much more durable player than TJ (Markieff has not lost a single game in the last 3 seasons).

However by no means should this trade be considered a game changer, although it definitely provides the Rockets with a more reliable options off the bench. This would be even more true once Donatas Motiejunas returns to on court action as he’s someone that can score create his own shots and grab a few rebounds.

Brandon Jennings

It’s getting late for Ty Lawson in Houston, perhaps too late. The staff still has confidence in him, but the fans are losing patience. Perhaps the Rockets could cut their losses sending the troubled point guard to Detroit for Brandon Jennings in a couple of weeks when Jennings return. Of note the December deadline is approaching when newly acquired players can be traded, making the Ty Lawson trade option feasible.

It’s evident that Reggie Jackson is the player that Stan Van Gundy has chosen to build around Andre Drummond, and upon return Jennings could see a drastic decrease in his minutes. A solution could be the Rockets, where he could act as an Isaiah Thomas kind of player, coming from the bench and scoring in bunches.

It’s unlikely the Pistons would want another point guard for Jennings however, so in order for this trade to happen a third team would likely have to be involved.

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