Houston Rocket trade value #5: Danuel House
Danuel House, at one point, was a Rockets’ success story. He went from being on the periphery of the NBA to carving out an important role on the 2019-20 Rockets. However, ever since his infamous mishap that led to his expulsion from the NBA playoff bubble his career has been trending downwards.
House went from being a solid NBA rotation piece to producing -0.3 VORP in only 36 games played last season. In the final year of his deal for $3.8 million House needs to bounce back in a big way to save his NBA career.
What makes House a more valuable trade target over the three guards before him is simple. $3.8 million for one year is a financial commitment that just about every team can take on and at only 29 years old next season there remains some serious upside with House.
In 2018-19 and 2019-20 House played in 102 games and produced 1 VORP. While those numbers aren’t All-Star level, it means he was close to a top-100 player at the price of what the 250th highest-paid player made.
The Rockets know how valuable House could be and likely won’t look to sell low on him in the offseason. If he bounces back then he could land a late first-round pick or multiple second-round picks for a team that needs to round out its playoff rotation.
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