The Houston Rockets are beaten up and dropping games that they should win. It would be great for them to get some outside help on the team as soon as they possibly can to continue climbing the standings.
The Houston Rockets are currently at the No. 5 spot in the heavily-contested Western Conference at this point in the season. They have been floating around the 4-6 spots recently, especially after this recent stretch of losses.
After the injury to Clint Capela, the Rockets had a huge win against the Memphis Grizzlies. They followed that up with a disappointing loss last night against the Brooklyn Nets in which they had all the opportunity in the world to win in both regulation and overtime. It’s apparent that James Harden (averaging 57.5 points per game in the last two!) cannot do it all by himself. Some outside help via a trade would be great and is needed soon.
The big area that is in need of help is on the glass. Capela’s absence is looming large, with the Rockets getting outrebounded in both games, even the win against the Grizzlies. Houston needs someone that can actually defend bigs and finish above the rim. Nene and Marquese Chriss, unfortunately, are not going to cut it.
A coveted name right now in the trade pool is Robin Lopez. He may not be the greatest rebounder these days, but he’s had some years where he was good on the boards. He’s at least a seven-footer that could potentially help out the team on both ends of the court instead of being benched in Chicago.
Dewayne Dedmon would be my first choice if I were the Rockets. Dedmon is also a seven-footer but is younger and a better rebounder than Lopez. He also is shooting the 3 at 36% this season for the Hawks, something he’d be encouraged to do in Houston. Per 36 minutes, Dedmon is averaging 11.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game! When Capela returns, that’s a dangerous weapon to have backing him up.
The Rockets also need one more solid wing to help them out into the playoffs. I think priority No. 1 needs to be signing Danuel House to a deal instead of letting him waste his time in the G League. House has been incredible for the Rockets this year but the two sides are at odds over the whole issue of money. Let’s hope it gets resolved soon.
Kent Bazemore is another Hawks name that has peaked the Rockets interest for quite some time. He is a versatile wing that can guard multiple positions and knock down shots. He shot a career-high 39.4% from deep last season and has a seven-foot wingspan. He could greatly help out this team, but it would require some serious cap space maneuvering in the trade as he’s making $18 million.
The Rockets need some immediate help, preferably by Saturday’s game against the Lakers or Monday’s game against the Sixers. If not, they are going to get torn to shreds on the glass once again, as playing small ball is sometimes not the greatest regular season strategy against big teams.