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Houston Rockets trade target #3: Tomas Satoransky

Although Tomas Satoransky isn’t exactly getting much playing time with the Chicago Bulls, he holds immense value on the court.

Tomas Satoransky was key to last night's win over the Cavs, scoring 19 points (on 8-11 shooting), grabbing 6 boards and dishing out 6 dimes: pic.twitter.com/QG4BRSDW7a

— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 26, 2020

The 29-year-old guard is averaging 11.3 points, 9.1 assists, and 5 rebounds per 36 minutes and leads the team in assists per 36 minutes.

Satoransky is also shooting 40.9 percent from three and has posted true shooting splits of 64.6 percent. Although the 6-foot-7 guard has the size to play either guard position, he’s best suited for a point guard role, due to his court vision and elite passing ability.

? Tomas Satoransky finds Wendell Carter Jr.! #BullsNation

?: @NBATV pic.twitter.com/wa051lW1hI

— NBA (@NBA) December 3, 2019

Despite outplaying Bulls starting point guard Coby White, Satoransky has averaged just 19.4 minutes per contest, as the Bulls are invested in the 20-year-old former seventh overall pick. If there was any doubt to this, it should be erased by Bulls coach Billy Donovan’s recent comments on the matter:

“I’m not at a point where I just say, ‘Hey, listen we’re done with him.’ I wouldn’t do that. I think he’s too important to our team,” Donovan said. “He does compete, I trust him in that area. I just think he’s a guy that’s 20 years old, and there’s going to be some of these moments where he’s going to be up and down.’’

Satoransky’s playmaking ability would be a boost to the Rockets and his contract is just as valuable, as he’s signed through next season, with just $5 million fully guaranteed. Satoransky is making $10 million this season, making him a feasible target due to the Harden trade exception.

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