7 players the Houston Rockets can land through trade exceptions

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5. Glenn Robinson III

Glenn Robinson is an intriguing name, as he’s been viewed as a developmental player in the eyes of many. Robinson entered the league with large shoes to fill as his dad, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson was a two-time All-Star before being forced to retire due to injuries. Not only that, the elder Robinson has a career 20.7 scoring average, which also naturally placed high expectations on the younger Robinson.

Although it’s taken him six years, this season has been a great one for the younger Robinson, as he’s averaging a career-high 12.3 points per game. Not only that, the 26-year-old forward is shooting 39 percent from 3-point range, which would instantly make him the best 3-point shooter on the Houston Rockets.

The 6-foot-6 forward also brings an element of size that the Rockets don’t necessarily have, which is yet another area in which Robinson would help the Rockets. Robinson has a salary of $1.8 million and his contract is set to expire at the end of the season, which makes it smart for the Golden State Warriors to flip him for a draft pick.

You’d have to think the Warriors won’t be giving him a new deal, as he’s only playing because of the injury to Klay Thompson, who will be back next season. On top of that, the Warriors are obviously non-contenders and Robinson isn’t going to change that. Robinson could very well be the key to the Warriors landing draft capital, which could come in handy if they try to land another star, which many believe they will do by trading D’Angelo Russell.

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