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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With LeBron James heading west, almost every decent team in the Eastern Conference believes that the Finals is now within reach. The Bucks are one of those teams that are expected to take a step forward this season, and Giannis Antetokounmpo seems to be one of the early favorites for the MVP Award.

However, teams like Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia will almost certainly finish ahead of the Bucks. The Pacers have a good shot at finishing high in the east and now that John Wall is healthy for Washington, the Wizards will be in the mix too. If the Bucks are further down in the standings than they had hoped, Milwaukee might look to trade Middleton before he has a chance to exercise his 2019 player option and leave in free agency next summer.

Losing Eric Gordon would hurt, but Gerald Green, James Ennis and even Carmelo Anthony could help to fill his scoring in the second unit. Last season, Khris Middleton averaged a career high 20.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Middleton is a career 39.1 percent 3-point shooter, so he would fit right in with Houston’s 3-point heavy offense. Middleton has great size at 6-foot-8 and 234 pounds and he’s only 27 years old, so he’s just now entering his prime.

I think Khris Middleton is one of the most underrated wings in the NBA and if Milwaukee said no to this offer, Houston should definitely throw in a 2nd round pick to sweeten the deal. If Houston could somehow land Middleton, Rockets fans would quickly forget about losing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute.

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