Houston Rockets: 3 things to love about signing Michael Carter-Williams
1. Carter-Williams can be used as a trade piece
Finally, perhaps the best way that Michael Carter-Williams can contribute to the team is as an asset in a trade for a star player. Since Houston signed Carter-Williams as a free agent, they won’t be able to trade him until after Dec 15.
Recently, reports surfaced that Jimmy Butler is ‘fed up’ with his younger teammates in Minnesota and that he doesn’t plan on signing an extension with the team. Butler can become an unrestricted free agent if he opts out of his contract next summer, so Minnesota might look to move him before the trade deadline in February.
According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, the Cavs are shopping Kevin Love on the trade market after LeBron’s departure. The Cavs are entering the rebuilding stage, so they’ll move Love for the right offer.
Over the course of the season, any star could become available. With the right assets, the Rockets could make a qualifying offer and pull off a big trade. Houston won’t center a package around Carter-Williams, but he is a good throw-in piece, especially since he’s just 26 years old.
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In the end, Michael Carter-Williams’ biggest contribution to Houston might not be what he does on the court, but the extra leverage he gives Daryl Morey in trade negotiations.