The Houston Rockets are no strangers to a disgruntled superstar, nor are they scared to pounce when one becomes available, which makes the newest headline all the more exciting. According to a report by Truehoop's Henry Abbot, Damian Lillard is expected to formally request a trade in the coming days.
The Rockets might be in year one of a rebuild but anytime a player of Lillard's quality becomes available it's imperative to try and get in on the action. The Rockets' own superstar trade of James Harden means they have assets on hand to land Damian Lillard.
With three first-round picks in the 2021 NBA Draft and potentially eight more first-round picks coming through 2027 the Rockets have the draft capital to make any team swoon. Add in Kevin Porter Jr's superstar potential and suddenly the Rockets become frontrunners to land one of the league's best offensive players
Blowing up a rebuild in year one to go all-in might be too bold for some, but as the Romans said, "audentes Fortuna iuvat," or, "fortune favors the bold," if your Latin is a little rusty, and they built an empire that lasted a millennium. No player is bolder than Damian Lillard and a pairing of him and Christian Wood would form one of the most dangerous pick-and-roll combinations in NBA history.
However, if the Rockets really want to lure Damian Lillard to Houston they'll need to bring another star into the fold, which means a third team. Here are three three-team trades that turn the Rockets into a ready-made title contender.