NBA Trade Rumors: 2 Rockets players expected to draw interest at the deadline

2023 NBA Summer League - Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder
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The Houston Rockets are expected to be buyers at the 2024 NBA trade deadline, as they find themselves in dire need of bolstering the roster. But while the Rockets will be actively making calls around the league, they could also be receiving calls in regards to several of their players.

According to Bleacher Report's Zach Buckley, two of the Rockets players could be the subject of trade inquiries around the league. 

Jae'Sean Tate's days with the Rockets could be numbered.

Buckley cited the Denver Nuggets as a potential suitor for Tate, due to their inability to replace Bruce Brown (who is a much more complete player than Tate, to be fair).

"The defending champion Nuggets look even better than before. Small tweaks around the margins are at least worth considering, though. Denver never fully replaced Bruce Brown, so a shape-shifting, defense-first wing such as Tate looms as the top option."

Jalen Green could also be the apple of the Charlotte Hornets' eye.

Buckley added that Jalen Green could also garner interest, specifically from the Hornets.

"[Charlotte] should continue exploring ways to turn players not named LaMelo Ball, Brandon Miller, Mark Williams or Nick Smith Jr. into draft picks and/or prospects.

The Rockets "remain committed" to Green, but the 2021 No. 2 pick is catching enough "awkward sideways glances" due to his regression to wonder how firm Houston is on that stance."

The Buzz City is an interesting destination for Green, especially if they're holding onto Brandon Miller, LaMelo Ball, and Mark Williams. Unless they're willing to part with their own 2024 first-round draft pick, which is protected if it's a lottery pick (it will certainly be, as the Hornets are 10-32 and on pace for roughly 26 wins). 

Surely they're not giving that up for Green, whose value isn't necessarily high at the moment.

Fortunately, we won't have to wait too long, as the trade deadline is right around the corner.