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Houston Rockets Ideal Trade Target: Markieff Morris of the Wizards

By Michael Brown
SACRAMENTO, CA - OCTOBER 26: Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards hugs teammate Kelly Oubre Jr. #12 during the game against the Sacramento Kings on October 26, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. 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 Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - OCTOBER 26: Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards hugs teammate Kelly Oubre Jr. #12 during the game against the Sacramento Kings on October 26, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. 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 Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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It is no secret that the Houston Rockets have not had the idea start to the season. Can the Rockets tweak the rotation, and find more success? That is a possibility, but I think there is a better solution available: Make a trade with the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards have started the season 8-12, and there have been numerous stories about the how the roster is imploding from the inside. It appears that the team needs to trade some of their best assets, and the Houston Rockets should be first in line to try and acquire one or two of those assets.

Do the Rockets have the realistic assets to acquire either Bradley Beal or Otto Porter Jr.? They do, but it would cost a heck of a lot (Eric Gordon, Marquese Chriss, and P.J. Tucker) for example. When you look at Gordon and Tucker, those are two of our glue guys, and you only move them if you are acquiring a 3rd superstar to play a long side James Harden and Chris Paul.

Markieff Morris

The one guy that really intrigues me on the Wizards roster is PF Markieff Morris. He is 29 years old, 6 foot 10 inches, and is the perfect version of a small ball center for today’s game. The Rockets could get this deal done by sending Brandon Knight + a 1st round pick to the Wizards in exchange for Morris and shooting guard Tomas Satoransky.

The Wizards would agree to this deal because Morris is in the final year of his current contract, and Knight would make a solid backup for PG John Wall. Plus, they would be getting a first round pick in the deal. The Rockets do this deal because Morris would be an excellent addition to the bench for their title run. Also, Satoransky has sneaky good size, and is a career 40% 3-point shooter.

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The Rockets are not in panic mode, yet, but they do need to make a small deal to help improve their woefully under-manned bench. It is this writer’s opinion that Markief Morris would be the perfect addition, and he would not cause general manager Daryl Morey to break the bank, in order to make it happen.

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