Houston Rockets trade partner rankings: 2. Miami Heat
The Heat had a Finals run last season which makes it hard not to put them up this far in the list, as they have exactly what the Rockets are looking for in terms of players. The draft compensation Miami could offer is not bad but is more limited than what they could offer in terms of on-court production.
Avery Bradley and Maurice Harkless are decent and experienced enough veterans, but there are four young players that give the Heat a lot of versatility in their offering power. Those four players are Tyler Herro, Precious Achiuwa, Duncan Robinson, and Kendrick Nunn.
The skillsets of these players are all different enough that a lack of interest in one of them from Houston could see Miami simply pivoting to another. Especially if the Rockets could manage to put Tyler Herro alongside Christian Wood, Kevin Porter Jr., and Jae’Sean Tate, Space City would have quite the bright future ahead of it.
Even if Herro is out of the question for Miami, securing any of the other four would see the Rockets acquire another promising young piece, with Achiuwa probably being considered the biggest risk of the quartet. The combination of talent and versatility in what the Heat could offer is formidable on the trade market as far as Houston’s interests are concerned.