5 Veterans the Rockets should target to help the core develop
Veteran #3 Jordan Clarkson
Jordan Clarkson has developed a reputation as a gunner over his career. Over the first eight seasons of his career, he averaged 15.4 points and 2.5 assists per game. However, something strange has happened this season, Clarkson is passing the ball more than ever, to the tune of a career-best 5.6 assists per game.
Clarkson isn’t a traditional point guard, but he does possess a few traits that could make him flourish in this Rockets’ offense. The Rockets rely heavily on the pick-and-roll, and Clarkson has years of experience running the pick-and-roll as the leader of the Jazz’s second unit. He is also a strong isolation creator, which could help ease the shot-creating burden on Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green.
The primary appeal in targeting Clarkson for the Rockets is that he’s likely available right now. The Jazz might be 6-3 this season, but no team trades their three best players in the offseason and then balks at trading their fourth when they’re 30 years old and have a $14 million player option for next season.
The money works out where the Rockets could send Eric Gordon to the Jazz and receive Rudy Gay and Clarkson. It’s unlikely either team would want this to be the final deal, but both Gordon and Gay should garner enough interest from contenders looking to beef up their depth that a three-team trade won’t be hard to find.