The Houston Rockets spent significantly to upgrade their roster this offseason. Adding Fred VanVleet, Dillon Brooks, Jeff Green, and Jock Landale was a risk, but the franchise has won 15 of its first 29 games and is firmly in the Play-In Tournament mix. New head Ime Udoka has been outstanding, and the Rockets believe they can make the playoffs.
It will likely take a few more upgrades to get there. The Western Conference is loaded, and the Rockets need to hold off the Pelicans, Suns, Warriors, Lakers, or Mavericks just to qualify for the Play-In. It won’t be easy.
If Houston plans on making a trade, they will need to let part ways with some of their current talent. The Rockets have multiple options, and here are their five most likely players to be traded before the Feb. 8 deadline.
5. Reggie Bullock
The Rockets signed the veteran in October after he was released by the Spurs, but they have been unable to find a consistent role for him. Bullock has not played more than 12 minutes in any game this season and has not appeared in three consecutive contests since Oct. 29.
The 6’6 wing is known for his shooting and defense. He is a career 38.4 percent 3-point shooter who can guard on the ball. Bullock helped the Mavericks reach the conference finals in 2022 and was a starter throughout their postseason run. The 32-year-old could be an impactful role player in the right situation.
Bullock is on a minimum contract, so he is more likely to get bought out. Still, a contender could jump into a trade as the third team and take the 6’6 wing off the Rockets' hands. It would depend on their needs and how much impact they believed Bullock could make in their city.
Houston is not just trading a minimum player. They want to be aggressive and could package multiple contracts to land another key piece.