James Harden trade: 8 players the Houston Rockets could get

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Houston Rockets players to target in James Harden trade: 8. Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro has drawn the admiration of many Houston Rockets fans, as many within the fanbase have been clamoring for the franchise to deal Harden to the Miami Heat for a deal centered around the young prospect. At 20-years-old, the Kentucky product hasn’t reached his ceiling and was a key component of Miami’s title run in 2019-20.

Herro averaged 13.5 points as a rookie reserve and made 38.9 percent of his triples during the season. Herro played even better during the postseason, as he averaged 16 points per game on 37.5 percent from long-range.

Herro emerged as a starter for the Heat during the NBA Finals, and averaged 14.7 points on 36.7 percent from deep, proving that he was beyond ready for the big stage and the bright lights in just his first season. Herro became one of Miami’s most reliable scorers in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics, as he averaged 19.2 points per game and was Miami’s second-best 3-point shooter, behind only Duncan Robinson.

Herro led all players in scoring in Game 4 of that series, with 37 points on 50 percent from long-range, despite coming off the bench. The Heat have reportedly made Herro available in trade talks with the Rockets for Harden, so the ball is in Rockets general manager Rafael Stone’s court on whether a deal will get done.

But Herro’s sharpshooting would be a boost to a Rockets team that ranks 24th in 3-point percentage this season, with 34.3 percent from deep.

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