Houston Rockets trade deadline do #2: Trade for the future
While the Rockets shouldn’t be looking to add talent right now if a player becomes available for the right price they should still be aggressive. Most playoff teams find themselves right up against the salary cap and it can mean that talented players are available at a low cost.
The Rockets should look around and see if any talented players are available with multiple years of control. A player like Buddy Hield or Aaron Gordon could help the Rockets get back to competence next season and would still have trade value in the future.
Most of the Rockets’ trades are going to be focused on bringing future draft picks but adding players who can help you win and who might have future trade value essentially accomplishes that goal. It can’t be forgotten but even when you’re a seller you’re still a buyer and the Rockets shouldn’t lose sight of that.
The Rockets need to look for value, no matter the shape or form it comes in. If a player becomes available that can help the team win now and it’s at the right price then they shouldn’t shy away just because they’re in a rebuild.
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