A fan favorite is in danger of being traded.
Unfortunately for Rockets fans, point guard Patrick Beverley is on the trading block. This news comes after a season in which Pat was tremendous for Houston. He was an emotional leader for the team and also had some great stats on the year. He averaged 9.5 points, 6 rebounds, and 4.2 rebounds per game and also shot nearly 40% from three. Beverley is a huge part of the Rockets and would be a shame to see him go. The one main reason for the trade would be to acquire a second star to pair with James Harden. Hopefully, Morey can find a way to do that while keeping Patrick Beverley. Sean Deveney of Sporting News says that he would welcome a trade. That would be very unfortunate if that is true, hopefully, that news is not true.
— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) June 20, 2017
What Beverley can help the Rockets get in return.
Even though losing Beverley would be painful for the Rockets, he could get the team some decent return. He would likely be a part of a package for superstar Paul George or someone else. Other star player options in the trade market include Jimmy Butler and Kristaps Porzingis.
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While neither of those options is likely for the Rockets, the package to get them would probably include at least Beverley. Paul George is the only one of those players who is directly linked to trade rumors with Houston. Is it worth giving up one of the team’s leaders for a superstar to pair with Harden?
Another option for the Rockets would be to trade Beverley for a first round pick in this year’s deep draft. With no pick in the first round, the Rockets could look to draft someone who would be cheaper than Beverley. He is owed $6 million next year so a trade could get Houston a decent amount of cap space.
*All stats via Basketball-Reference*