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Houston Rockets: 5 buy-low candidates the Rockets should target

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 30: Buddy Hield #24 of the Sacramento Kings shoots a three point shot during the second half against Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on January 30, 2021 in Miami, Florida. 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 Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 30: Buddy Hield #24 of the Sacramento Kings shoots a three point shot during the second half against Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on January 30, 2021 in Miami, Florida. 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 Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets buy-low candidate #1: Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro’s stock has taken a hit this season as his limitations as a player have been exposed. Herro can score from all over the court but against starters his efficiency has wanned, his playmaking is still developing, and defensively he needs to be hidden.

The Heat, now that Jimmy Butler is back, look capable of once again up-ending the Eastern Conference hierarchy and making a deep playoff run. However, the team will need another marquee player if they’re going to be able to push through.

Victor Oladipo has wanted the Heat for ages and swapping Herro for Oladipo now could be the injection the Heat need to make a deep playoff push. Herro is a fan favorite but he doesn’t help the Heat win in any meaningful way at this point in his career.

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The Rockets need as many young players as possible to build around and while Herro isn’t an All-Star yet, he has the potential to make a few in his career. For a player like Herro to reach their potential they need a chance to run an offense and have the team live with their mistakes.

In this era of the NBA, guards cannot simply be scorers, they need to either offer elite defense or be capable playmakers. Herro will never be an exceptional defender so his playmaking will need to come along for him to be an impact player.

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The Heat are contenders and run their offense through Jimmy Butler, which means Herro won’t get the developmental touches he needs right now. The Rockets can offer the Heat a win-now piece and the right environment to see if Herro really does have All-Star upside.

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