The struggling Bulls could be looking to trade some of their players, and the Houston Rockets should consider asking for one guy in particular.
It’s no secret that the Houston Rockets have started off much worse than expected this season. They are currently below .500 and sit at a disappointing 11-12 record around a quarter of the way through the season.
Injuries have been a decent part of that, but inconsistency and lack of depth have also been big factors in the rough beginning. As such, the Rockets are now looking to improve sooner than the trade deadline. In fact, much sooner.
Jonathan Feigen said the Rockets are likely looking to make a “follow-up” move after cutting Danuel House yesterday. They should look to do business with the Chicago Bulls and request a deal for Justin Holiday.
At least the Rockets aren’t the Bulls this year. Chicago is off to a 5-20 record, last in the Eastern Conference. They are looking to lose now that they have fired their coach Fred Hoiberg.
Why Justin Holiday?
The Rockets are looking for versatile wings that can fit right into the rotation and contribute immediately off the bench. Holiday is just that. He is a 6’6 shooting guard that can hit the 3 and defend at a high level.
He can play multiple positions for Houston in a bench role. He has started every game for the Bulls, but would likely backup James Harden/James Ennis, playing the shooting guard and small forward positions.
Holiday is in the midst of his best season yet, despite the poor team record. He is shooting a career-high 39.1% from deep on 7.7 attempts per game. Sounds like a Rocket, right? Offensively, he could provide the spark Houston desperately desires in the second unit.
Defensively, he is also very good. He can defend multiple positions with his solid height and is athletic enough to play well on that end. He also is actually a pretty solid rebounder, at 4.6 boards a game. He had back-to-back games of 10+ rebounds this year. Check out his best game of the year against the Heat earlier this season:
If the Rockets trade for him, they’ll likely need to include Marquese Chriss and possibly some picks. It would be well worth it for the Rockets to have that gives added depth and a guy who can get it down on both ends of the court.
The Rockets are looking for additional help soon. Can a deal get done today or tomorrow?