7 players the Houston Rockets can land through trade exceptions

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4. Wilson Chandler

Wilson Chandler is a proven veteran who has shown the ability to shoot the 3-pointer over the course of his twelve years in the league. Although Chandler is shooting a measly 27.9 percent from downtown, he has a career average of 34.2 percent from 3-point range.

Beyond just that, Chandler has shot at least 35.8 percent from distance during each of the past two seasons, which is further proof of his ability to shoot. Chandler is also a career 12.7 point scorer and is currently averaging 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per 36 minutes, which are each improvements from his 2018-19 campaign.

The 6-foot-8 forward brings an element of size that the Rockets lack, as he would instantly become the tallest forward on the Houston Rockets, which would be a welcome addition.

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On top of that, Chandler is the only player on this list who has prior experience with Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, as he spent his first three seasons with the New York Knicks while MDA was the coach, prior to getting traded during his fourth season for Carmelo Anthony.

Chandler averaged his highest-scoring totals while playing for D’Antoni, as he averaged 14 points per game during his tenure with the Knicks. Although he doesn’t bring much on the defensive end of the floor, his size and scoring would be great for a Rockets bench that essentially doesn’t have either.

As Chandler is making $2.56 million this season, the Rockets would be able to use the trade exception they netted during the Marquese Chriss trade, which allows them to ship out up to $3.2 million. The question is whether the Brooklyn Nets would part with Chandler for a draft pick. Chandler is having one of the worst seasons of his twelve-year career, as he’s averaging 6.4 points per game on 27.9 percent from downtown, which would seem to at least get the Nets’ interest in a trade offer.

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