Houston Rockets: 3 Trade targets that would shine in small ball system

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Taurean Prince: Small-Forward→ Power Forward/Center

Sometimes good players become available for a pittance because their team has larger plans. The Nets have championship aspirations heading into next season and might be looking to add a third star next to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

If basketball history has told us anything, everyone and anyone become available when a team goes superstar hunting. Taurean Prince could become available at an unexpectedly low price, and if he does, the Rockets should pounce.

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Prince is a 6-foot-7 small forward who spent most of last season playing as a power forward in the absence of Kevin Durant.

The Nets gave him a two-year, $29 million extension in October of 2019, which means he’ll be on the books for the next two seasons if acquired.

He is a career 36.6 percent 3-point shooter and can hold his own on the boards. In an environment like Houston, he could truly flourish.

Prince has hit 39.7 percent of his corner threes, and his 6-11 ½ wingspan would allow him to eat up minutes as a wing, forward, and center for the Rockets.

In many ways, Prince could become the next Robert Covington for the Rockets, except he has been a better 3-point shooter throughout his young career. His athleticism is excellent and would allow him to thrive in Houston’s preferred switch-everything defense.

The only question is, how do you get him? The Nets will likely be active in the trade market this summer. They have two studs, but it can never hurt to add a third. If Bradley Beal were to become available, the Nets would come knocking, and Daryl Morey is a Wizard at squeezing his way into a deal to move assets around to favor Houston.

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Prince is a long shot for many reasons, but Morey and the Rockets should have their phones at the ready to conjure up a deal if the Nets look to move their chips into the middle.