Grading 4 Rockets trade deadline targets from no-brainer to run for cover

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The 2024 NBA trade deadline is February 8th and it's been rather uneventful thus far, outside of the splash moves that have already happened- i.e. Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, James Harden, and Damian Lillard trades. The Houston Rockets want to be active, as they're currently 23-26 and sit 11th in the Western Conference. 

The Rockets have been linked to several players, as they look to add long-range shooting and tough interior defense. Let's take a look at the reported options, ranking them from those most worthy of trading assets for to those least worthy.

No-brainer: Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk is a talented big man, who can wear many hats. If you need him to be a shooter, he can do that, as he's shooting 42.9 percent from long-range this season. 

Olynyk would instantly become the best shooter on the Rockets. 

If you need him to be a facilitator, he can do that, as he's averaging a career-best 4.7 assists per contest, which the Rockets also could use. Olynyk's contract expires at the end of the season, so the Utah Jazz are likely to deal him, as they don't want to lose him for nothing.

This should be a no-brainer on the Rockets' part.