5 Draft pick trades Rockets could make to finally take a huge leap

Houston Rockets, Jabari Smith Jr., Jalen Green
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4. Trae Young

The Hawks have made everyone, including Young, available this summer as they look to retool their roster, but will Atlanta deal their star guard? He has four years at $178.1 million remaining on his contract, and there are massive questions about his defense. Moving Ice Trae likely comes down the price that Atlanta can get in return.

This is a hefty price to pay for Trae Young, but the Rockets are going to have to overpay for any star player. There are only so many in the league, and no team is eager to part with them. The Hawks will set a high price for Young, and it will be on the Rockets to meet it.

This would be a move to make if James Harden decides to stay in Philadelphia. The Rockets could pivot to Trae Young. He may not be the best fit, especially under new head coach Ime Udoka, but there are not many players in the league that can average 25 points and ten assists per game. Young is an offensive dynamo that has led Atlanta to the playoffs three straight years, including a conference finals run in 2021.

Trae Young could be the best player available this summer. If he is, the Houston Rockets will have a difficult decision to make if they want to improve their roster.