Grade the trade: Rockets land championship forward in risky proposal

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For the first time in several years, the Houston Rockets are active buyers at the trade deadline. Dating back to last offseason, the Rockets have been one of the most active teams in the league, as they made a major splash in free agency and have wasted little time on the trade front.

The Rockets traded Kevin Porter Jr. and two second-round picks for Victor Oladipo and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl before the season started. This came after the Rockets traded Josh Christopher, TyTy Washington, and Usman Garuba, who they all invested first-round draft picks on.

Last week, the Rockets traded Oladipo and three additional second-round draft picks to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Steven Adams, who is injured for the entirety of the 2023-24 season. The Rockets aren’t done making moves.

The Rockets are likely to trade for win-now players at the trade deadline.

In fact, they’re far from it, as they’d like to boost their roster enough to make a postseason run, after being doormats in the Western Conference for the last three consecutive seasons.

With that being said, let’s take a look at a mock trade that’s been suggested for the Rockets to make with the Washington Wizards.