Houston Rockets: 10 Bigs the Rockets could possibly target

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2. Aron Baynes

Aron Baynes would be a great option for the Rockets, as the eight-year center is averaging 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists per 36 minutes this season. On top of that, he’s posting career-highs in points and assists per 36 minutes this season despite only playing 22.9 minutes per game.

Baynes has the size and frame which would benefit the Rockets tremendously, as he’s 6-foot-10 and weighs 260 pounds. On top of that, he has the ability to hit the occasional outside shot, as he’s shooting 33.3 percent from downtown this season and shot 34.4 percent from 3-point range during the 2018-19 season.

Baynes currently has a true shooting percentage of 58.2 percent, which is his best since the 2014-15 season. The Phoenix Suns would be wise to trade him, as he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and could possibly walk. As the 33-year-old is making $5.4 million this season, the Rockets could land him by using Nene’s contract of $2.5 million, in addition to the combined 3.2 million in salaries of Gerald Green and Thabo Sefolosha’s contracts, which would make the salaries work. This would give the Rockets an outgoing trade salary of $5.7 million, which will be more than enough.

Phoenix would certainly request a draft pick as well, but Baynes would be worth it, even if he doesn’t re-sign in Houston at the end of the season. Baynes is averaging 11.5 points per game this season on a Suns team which is several pieces away from being a legitimate contender.

Baynes would also bring championship experience to the Houston Rockets, as the veteran center won a title during the 2013-14 season as a member of the San Antonio Spurs.

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