With the Houston Rockets reportedly interested in trading for Philadelphia 76ers’ star Joel Embiid, here are three trades that would send Embiid to the Rockets.
The rumor of the Houston Rockets seeking to clean house to trade for Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid was surprising, to say the least. Although we’ve not seen a lot of traction backing up this claim, it is still interesting to analyze what this potential blockbuster deal would look like.
This is especially the case with Daryl Morey stepping down as the Rockets General Manager, which was also untimely. With no head coach as of this writing, the future direction of the Houston Rockets is up in the air.
Ideally, a trade for Embiid would likely benefit a Jeff Van Gundy hiring due to his experience with talented big men like Patrick Ewing and Yao Ming. But with James Harden being cited as the only untouchable asset for the Rockets, Russell Westbrook would likely have to be shipped to make a potential trade more balanced, and it would have to be done from a financial standpoint, as the salaries would have to match.
As exciting as an Embiid and Harden combination would be, the smart move would be to run it back with Harden and Westbrook. But with an aggressive owner like Tilman Fertitta and the unexpected departure of Morey, the realm of possibility may not be as tight as many think.
Let’s take a look at three potential trade packages that could send Embiid to the Houston Rockets.
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