Why it’s time for the Rockets to hit the restart button
Why the Houston Rockets must trade their superstar duo
Rockets fans never could have imagined that a day would come where the idea of trading the Rockets’ franchise superstar James Harden would seem like a good idea. But as of right now, it seems like they should. As well as Russell Westbrook.
The Rockets should be able to get a good package for the former MVP Westbrook. Perhaps a deal to the New York Knicks for R.J Barrett, Julius Randle and a couple of draft picks, including the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft would be a worthy package. Westbrook is box office and would thrive under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden.
Getting Barrett, Randle and draft capital, which the Rockets gave up for Westbrook, puts the Rockets in a better position than what they are currently in as of today. The Rockets could then use the eighth overall pick on someone like Tyrese Hailburton, Obi Toppin or Issac Okoro.
If not the Knicks, maybe the Indiana Pacers would be interested in a Westbrook-for-Malcolm Brogdon trade. Under this proposal, the Pacers would receive Westbrook and P.J. Tucker, while the Houston Rockets would receive Malcom Brogdon and Myles Turner.
When it is time to trade Harden, the perfect place would be the Philadelphia 76ers, who could give the help the Rockets land All-Star Ben Simmons and several first rounders. The 76ers would get a superstar capable of playing alongside superstar center Joel Embiid.
The Rockets would also get a young superstar to build around, which would lead to a win for both sides. Regardless of whether the Rockets trade Westbrook or not, the core for the Rockets would look good as the years go on.
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