Although the NBA's deadline to make trades is still two weeks away, February 8th will be here before we know it. The Rockets' plans have been made clear, as they're seeking a secondary guard who can create offense, a secondary big man (preferably a defensive-minded big), and long-range shooting.
It's unclear what their first priority will be, but it's known that they intend to be active buyers for the first time in several years. Let's take a look at eight players the Rockets have been linked to at the deadline, and discuss whether the Rockets should pass on them or pursue them.
As a side note, Talen Horton-Tucker, Malcolm Brogdon, and Alec Burks were left off the list, because the Rockets reportedly explored trades for them before the season started, whereas the other players were all recently linked to the franchise.
Analyzing the Rockets' 8 reported trade targets
8. Quentin Grimes- pursue
The Rockets desperately need more shooting, as they rank 27th in the league on 3-point shooting. Although this was predictable, based on their offseason moves, this isn't what they expected or anticipated.
Quentin Grimes solves that problem rather easily. He's a career 38 percent shooter and can hold his own on the defensive end. According to SNY's Ian Begley, the Rockets are interested in making a deal with the New York Knicks, in hopes of landing the greater Houston native
The Rockets would be smart to trade for Grimes, so long as the asking price isn't what's been rumored (i.e. Jalen Green).