Rockets: 3 trades to send P.J. Tucker to the Lakers

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Danuel House Houston Rockets (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Danuel House Houston Rockets (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

1. Houston Rockets receive Harrell, Matthews, draft capital

In this trade, the Houston Rockets receive the aforementioned Harrell and Wes Matthews, the latter of which would yield a second-round draft pick, for the Rockets having to take on Matthews’ contract, only to buy him out. The Rockets would send the Lakers the quintessential 3-and-D forward in Tucker, but would also include another young asset in Danuel House.

House, who is 6-foot-7, has proven his value as a utility player that can shoot threes and be a positive on the defensive end. House had made roughly 37 percent of his threes with the Rockets and led the team in 3-point shooting efficiency in 2018-19, hitting 41.6 percent of his treys.

House’s shooting would help the Lakers immensely, as they rank just 24th in 3-point shooting, at a clip of 35.1 percent. House is also under contract through next season, at a very friendly number of $3.8 million.

The Rockets would receive a future 2nd-round pick for getting rid of House with a year left on his deal, which is likely what they would get back for the 27-year-old forward elsewhere. For the Rockets, acquiring Harrell and multiple second-round picks would be a fair return for Tucker and House, who don’t fit into the Rockets’ long-term plans.

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