The NBA's trade market has been more active this season than in recent years, as we've already seen a number of teams part with young players and/or draft capital in order to bolster their roster.
The Houston Rockets have been sellers at the deadline for the last three years, as their primary objective was to strip the roster down and launch a wholesale rebuild. This season is much different.
The Houston Rockets must be careful at the trade deadline.
The Rockets have shown signs of a Western Conference contender and are ready for postseason play. That, coupled with the Rockets' desire to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a bad draft pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, have the Rockets projected to finally be buyers at the deadline this year.
That can oftentimes come with drawbacks, as you never want to make a move just for the sake of making a move. Nor do you want to be so desperate to make a move that you make the wrong move.
As the Rockets will be buyers at the deadline this season, let's take a list of what moves the Rockets must avoid, in comparison to several moves that would actually make the Rockets significantly better.