When Rafael Stone accepted the general manager role of the Houston Rockets, one thing was clear: he had a lot of work to do. This was especially the case as it pertained to the roster, as the Rockets had two All-NBA players on the team that both wanted nothing to do with the Rockets’ franchise in Russell Westbrook and James Harden, who were subsequently dealt to their preferred destinations.
The Rockets made a litany of new acquisitions, including John Wall, Sterling Brown, Christian Wood, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Porter Jr., Victor Oladipo, and rookies Mason Jones and Jae’Sean Tate. On the court the results have been so-so, as the Rockets lost four of their first six games, but are currently riding a three-game winning streak.
4 players the Houston Rockets should move before the trade deadline
Many are wondering whether the Rockets’ best option is simply to tank, rather than compete for one of the bottom seeds in the Western Conference, which would seemingly result in a first round exit. Stone and the Rockets’ front office have been gearing up for the future, as they loaded up on first-round draft picks in the James Harden trade, while also adding four pick swaps in the deal.
The Rockets’ roster is comprised of a mixture of several players on expiring deals in addition to other players that would presumably be highly-valued around the league, which creates the perfect opportunity for the front office to acquire more pieces for the future. With that being the case, let’s take a look at four players the Rockets should look to deal ahead of the NBA’s March 25th trade deadline.
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