Option 3: Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton, Wayne Ellington, and one first-round pick
This final option serves as a combination of the philosophies behind the previous two, which entails a combination of players and several first-round picks if the Rockets were lucky.
In the final trade scenario, the Rockets acquire assets in the form of a young big man in Randle, a serviceable point guard in Payton, and a shooting guard the Rockets have previously expressed interest in, with Wayne Ellington. Additionally, they receive a pick to use as they please.
This is arguably the least attractive trade, as the Houston Rockets forfeit receiving a big return in either category of on-court production or in draft compensation. Additionally, this trade likely benefits the Knicks the most of the three trades, making it the most realistic on New York’s end.
In this case, this trade should be considered by the Rockets as a bare minimum as opposed to a goal. Accepting this trade would be very debatable as it stands, but accepting any less than this would be impermissible, especially considering what was given up to bring in Westbrook.
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