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5 Players the Houston Rockets should target before the trade deadline

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 11: Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks warms up prior to their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on January 11, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 11: Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks warms up prior to their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on January 11, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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George Hill #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets Trade Target #3: George Hill, backup point guard

The Rockets need a real backup point guard like James Harden needs strip clubs. George Hill is the perfect high-end backup point guard that’ll be capable of closing games with the starting unit if needed.

Hill is under contract for this season and next and the Rockets can add his salary of $9.5 million this year without having to jettison any salary. While Hill will allow John Wall to rest without the Rockets’ offense falling apart, his ability to shoot 3-pointers will also help open up the Rockets’ offense when Wall is on the court.

The Rockets are 22nd in 3-point shooting efficiency but attempt the fourth-highest rate of 3-pointers. George Hill, last season, led the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage and could help awaken the Rockets anemic attack.

The most difficult part of this trade will be ponying up the assets to land Hill. Every contender will have their eyes on securing his services and a bidding war could ensue.

Fortunately for the Rockets, most contenders have exhausted their future assets which means there is a possibility that he will be available for a single first-round pick. Chances are the Rockets will need to sweeten the pot a little but sending out a first and second-pick for the perfect backup point guard is an investment the Rockets need to make.

Next: Trade Target #2

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