5 Kenyon Martin Jr. trades that give Rockets more flexibility

Houston Rockets, Kenyon Martin Jr.
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1. Jazz help Rockets create more room

The Jazz have cap space, and they just took on John Collins, despite having plenty of options at the power forward position. Utah is in the early stages of a rebuild, and they are not afraid to make bold moves to improve their future.

Would the Jazz be willing to give up a first-round draft pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire Kevin Porter Jr. and Kenyon Martin Jr. from the Rockets? Houston would be accepting a discount to create space, and the Jazz would be getting two rotation players in return.

KJ Martin to Jazz

This move saves the Rockets another $15.2 million and gives them over $79 million in cap space. That is enough to sign Fred VanVleet, Brook Lopez, and Dillon Brooks to completely remake their roster. Add in Jalen Green, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun, and Tari Eason to give Houston a formidable top seven.

How far could they climb with that group? It would depend on how well they mesh and what moves the Rockets make around them. At worst, Houston would be significantly improved and fighting for a place in the West's top ten.

Will the Houston Rockets dump K.J. Martin this summer? Who can they land in free agency? The answers will come quickly, so stay tuned.