Countdown to trade deadline: Houston Rockets Trade Series

Feb 4, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Rockets center Josh Smith (5) reacts on the court during the game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Rockets center Josh Smith (5) reacts on the court during the game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports /

Count Down to Trade Deadline with numerous Houston Rockets trade scenarios

To launch the beginning of February the writers at Space City Scoop will be offering up a special daily segment on Houston Rockets trade ideas which will run right up until the trade deadline of February 18th .

Specifically the writing team will be looking at 3 areas, which I’ve highlighted below along with links to the articles we’ve run this week:

Existing Houston Rockets:

We’ve broken down the roster into a few critical segments including:

Youth Movement: features the rookies from this past summer Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell (this segment will also include upcoming draft picks in hand). Ben Casey addressed the question in his article: Should Houston Rockets move the new guys.

The Next Generation: Looks at sophomores K.J. McDaniels and Clint Capela who the Rockets have solid contracts with and should theoretically be strong choices to keep on the roster given their reasonable contracts.

The Vets: This segment will look at newly reacquired Josh Smith and the two grey hounds Jason Terry and Corey Brewer.

Free Agents: The two players who’ll be highlighted most frequently in our trade scenarios are Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones. Ironically they play the same position and also will enter the summer as restricted free agents. Though Houston will have the last word in their futures the problem is with the new TV contracts it makes signing them both highly unlikely since other teams will be able to offer them lucrative contracts.

The Misfits: This segment will look at new additions Ty Lawson and Marcus Thornton who have failed to find a consistent role on the team (though Thornton has filled his role more frequently).

The Defenders: This segment looks at the two players known as the Rockets best defenders: Patrick Beverley and Trevor Ariza.

The Franchise Stars: Obviously the two leaders on the squad are Dwight Howard and James Harden. The potential for them to be traded is extremely low, but with Howard likely to opt out of his contract this summer it does leave the possibility open. Anthony Nguyen delved into this potential further in his article: Two Trades That Will Likely Never Happen

Who Houston Rockets Should Trade For:

As it denotes in the title this segment speculates on who would be the ideal trade target for the Houston Rockets. Each writer will look at a specific player from one of the other 29 teams in the Association with a view to how that player(s) could improve the existing roster. We’ll run it through the ESPN trade machine and then evaluate the odds of the trade happening.

More from Space City Scoop

This past week the writers produced several pieces in this segment:

  • Coty Davis launched our Trade Deadline series with his article pondering if the Rockets should trade for Jeff Teague

Team by Team Trade Analysis:

This final segment will summarize the above findings with a view to whether the Rockets should be active in pursuing any of the trade ideas. In addition it will look at the 29 opposing teams in the Association and analyze where they are entering the trade deadline. Specifically it will isolate if the team should be a buyer, seller or holder. In addition these analysis will look at who is entering free agency in the summer of 2016, what draft picks the team has and roster gaps.

So, make sure you visit Space City Scoop daily to see which of the above trade segments is featured and to have your say about the potential trades.

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