3 Young players the Houston Rockets should develop, 2 to give up on

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Now is the time for the Houston Rockets to give up on Jalen Green

This may be the most controversial choice on this list, but it makes sense for the Houston Rockets to move on from Jalen Green. The former No. 2 overall pick has spent two seasons on extremely-poor Rockets teams (much like the others on this list).

The difference between him and the rest -- besides Kevin Porter Jr. -- is that he's had a major scoring role. Green was the team's leading scorer last year, as they clawed their way to a 22-win campaign.

His numbers didn't improve after a decent rookie-season, where he averaged 17.4 points per game while shooting 42.6% from the field and 34.2% from distance. The output increased by about five points in the 21-year-old's sophomore year, but his efficiency took a hit. Green's shooting splits dropped to 41.6% overall and 33.8% from beyond the arc.

Green can get a little bit of a break because of the sheer dysfunction that was the Rockets' offense last year, but the lack of increase in effectiveness is concerning.

With that being said, Green is still young enough where Houston could flip him for an established player as part of a trade. Again, Rafael Stone believes that his team is done with the first stage of their rebuild.

It's time to start competing.

Combining Green's contract with Porter Jr's and perhaps Dillion Brooks', the Rockets may be able to convince a downward trending team to give them some extra help via trade.

Maybe the Los Angeles Clippers would send Paul George to Houston in exchange for the young-guard duo and Brooks? Just a thought.