3 wings the Houston Rockets can trade for next season

By Tevin Williams
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 21: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket against James Harden #13 and Nene Hilario #42 of the Houston Rockets in Game Three of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated 121-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 21: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket against James Harden #13 and Nene Hilario #42 of the Houston Rockets in Game Three of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated 121-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Trade rumors surrounding Atlanta’s Kent Bazemore have been swirling for months now. Atlanta is in the middle of rebuilding and they’re looking for promising young players or future draft picks. Kent Bazemore is 29 years old and he has two years and $37 million left on his contract, so it makes sense that Atlanta is looking at moving him.

Bazemore’s contract isn’t the best, but quite frankly, neither is Brandon Knight’s. Knight still has two years and $30 million left on his deal, but Bazemore would be a lot more useful to Houston than Knight. Bazemore can start at forward, defend three positions and he can light it up from downtown. He’s exactly the kind of two-way wing that Houston desperately needs.

At just 21 years old, Marquese Chriss is a raw, but athletic, power forward that could excel in the pick-and-roll with Trae Young. Brandon Knight can play either guard position and would be a great sixth man for the Hawks.

Bazemore is probably slightly overpaid and he’s just 6-foot-5, which is short for a wing. Although, he has a 6-11 wingspan, and his defense and 3-point shooting abilities at small forward makes him worth the risk for Houston. The Rockets received Knight and Chriss in return for Ryan Anderson in what was essentially a salary dump. In this trade, Houston would be essentially flipping Ryan Anderson for Kent Bazemore. Sounds like a win to me.

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