The Houston Rockets need to land a young centerpiece if they trade James Harden. Here are three reasons why they should target Tyler Herro of the Miami Heat.
This offseason the Houston Rockets have been the center of attention due to the rumors surrounding their coveted franchise player, James Harden. After citing his frustrations with the organization over their inability to win a championship, Harden expressed his desire to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets to play alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Over the course of the past few weeks, Harden expanded his list to include a multitude of Eastern Conference contenders such as the Philadelphia Sixers, Miami Heat, and Milwaukee Bucks, as the Houston Rockets’ management were uninterested with the trade package the Brooklyn Nets would have to offer.
Rafael Stone, the Houston Rockets General Manager, made it clear that any trade package involving their superstar has to include the combination of a young franchise cornerstone and a bundle of first-round picks and/or talented players on rookie contracts.
Early on the 76ers were viewed as a likely landing spot for James Harden, however, their reluctance to swap their 24-year-old All-NBA player, Ben Simmons, has caused the Houston Rockets to play the waiting game. With Harden under contract for the next two years, the Rockets are in a position to wait for the right deal to materialize.
While Ben Simmons seems to be on the Rockets’ Christmas wishlist in a James Harden trade package, the Miami Heat, if they choose to do so, can entice Rafael Stone with their talented young roster. One of the best trade scenarios, between the Rockets and Heat, would send Tyler Herro to Houston in exchange for James Harden.
Of course, Miami would have to attach multiple players in the package to match salaries but the 20-year-old Milwaukee native would headline the Heat’s offer. The young guard just finished an impressive first-year campaign where he played an integral role in the Heat’s journey to the 2020 NBA Finals.
With the Houston Rockets weighing several options with their disgruntled superstar, Tyler Herro is a player worth considering. These are the three reasons why he would be a great core piece to build around if the Rockets decide to send Harden’s talents to South Beach.
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