7 players the Houston Rockets can land through trade exceptions

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7. Kyle Korver

Kyle Korver is unequivocally one of the greatest 3-point shooters of all-time, as he ranks fourth in NBA history in made 3-point field goals. Korver is a career 42.9 percent shooter from downtown, which is yet another example of his elite 3-point shooting ability.

Heading into the 2019-20 season, there were questions regarding whether Korver had anything left in the tank, which makes sense for a number of reasons. For starters, the 38 year-old was heading into his 17th season and we know father time is undefeated.

On top of that, Korver was coming off a 2018-19 season in which he shot below 40 percent from deep for the first time since the 2015-16 season which further raised questions.

Korver has responded with a true shooting percentage of 60.8 percent and a 42.6 percent 3-point clip, which are both improvements over his 2018-19 campaign. As Korver is on a veteran’s minimum deal, the Rockets could use their $3.2 million dollar exception which they were granted in the Marquese Chriss trade last season to land the 3-point sniper.

The Milwaukee Bucks haven’t really turned to Korver for substantial minutes this season, as he’s only played in 16.6 minutes per night, which are his fewest minutes since his rookie season. This has unsurprisingly led to Korver’s lowest scoring outputs since his rookie season.

It wouldn’t necessarily be surprising for the Bucks to trade the veteran shooter for a late round draft pick, considering the fact that they haven’t really needed him much this season and he’ll be a free agent at the end of the season. The downside to Korver is that he doesn’t necessarily move the needle on the defensive end of the floor, but his fit on the Rockets is perfect considering their 3-point heavy offensive system.

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