Trade rumors: Ranking the Rockets top-9 trade partners

General Manager Rafael Stone of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
General Manager Rafael Stone of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets trade partner rankings: 9. Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are likely the easiest team to place on this list due to their situation. Being in a win-now mode, the Nets are a rather top-heavy team, with the superstar trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving being off the table entirely.

The Nets also have the weakest draft capital on the list, with no future first-round picks left to deal. A team like the Rockets is in need of as many draft picks as they can get their hands on, so any team that is weak in this department is not the ideal trade suitor for Houston.

Joe Harris is the only real asset that is notably attractive, as he is shooting lights-out from behind the arc this season, is only 29 years old, and is on a fairly balanced contract. However, after him, the Nets do not have many appealing assets to offer.

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Spencer Dinwiddie is not a bad player, but he has had issues in the playoffs and is coming off of an ACL injury. Landry Shamet and Bruce Brown are intriguing young players with potential but are not enough to make many trade packages look great.

The Nets could certainly use some defensive improvement, and the Rockets have guys to offer on that front. But of the teams mentioned in the reports so far, Brooklyn is the least attractive.

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