Houston Rockets: Top-8 Rockets ranked by trade value

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 19: John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets huddles with the team against the Houston Rockets prior to the game at American Airlines Arena on April 19, 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 Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 19: John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets huddles with the team against the Houston Rockets prior to the game at American Airlines Arena on April 19, 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 Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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John Wall #1 Houston Rockets (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images )

With each passing day, the NBA Draft is one step closer for the Houston Rockets. After enduring one of the franchise’s worst seasons the Rockets enter the offseason for the first time in ages with their minds fully set on a rebuild.

The Rockets will have three first-round picks in the 2021 NBA draft with the 23rd and 24th picks heading their way due to their trades with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Rockets’ own first-round pick will see them select second overall and give them another young player to build around.

Depending on who the Rockets select, their future plans will be much clearer as their offseason needs will change drastically depending on who they select. And once the NBA draft and moratorium period end on August 6th the Rockets will be able to enter the free-agent and trade markets to round out their roster to continue their rebuild.

Who is a part of the Houston Rockets’ future?

The Rockets, after the season they had, have no untouchable players. As of right now, the Rockets have eight players under contract for next season with that number set to grow after the draft and free agency.

Every player, except the top-20 or so players in the NBA, is available through trade, and the Rockets, if the right offer is made, likely won’t hesitate to pull the trigger on a deal. Rebuilding teams need to be thinking about the future and there are maybe four players on this current roster that have a shot at being a part of it.

With the amount of roster turnover in the modern NBA, there remains a real chance that no player from the 2020-21 Rockets is on the franchise’s next playoff team. These are the Houston Rockets ranked by their trade value and how much the franchise could realistically get in return for them based upon their production, contract, and age.

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