The Houston Rockets have experienced a massive amount of roster turnover this offseason. Don’t expect that to change once the season tips-off, these are the three Rockets who could see themselves traded.
The Houston Rockets are no strangers to the trade market. During Daryl Morey’s 13-year long reign, the Rockets engaged in the second most trades in the entire league that routinely uplifted their roster towards their ultimate goal of a championship.
Unfortunately, the Rockets have found themselves the subject of the wrong type of trade rumors this offseason. First, Russell Westbrook was traded to the Washington Wizards and now James Harden is angling for a way out as well.
Trades are the lifeblood of any NBA team. A fantastic trade, let’s say where you get James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder for next to nothing, can set a franchise up for contention for years. While a poor trade, let’s say where you trade Chris Paul and two first-round picks plus pick swaps for a declining Russell Westbrook, can steer your franchise towards oblivion.
Trading the right player at the right time for the right reasons is one of the most important jobs of any front office. The Rockets are headed towards a transition period and the trades they make this season will help define whether their transition will be swift and fruitful or drawn out and ugly.
The Rockets will almost certainly trade James Harden and receive a treasure trove of players. However, non-superstar players can also yield a handsome return when flipped at the NBA trade deadline to a team that fancies themselves a contender.
Last season the Rockets had one of the oldest rosters in the league and will look to flip veterans for prospects. These are the three Rockets most likely to be traded this season.
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