Ranking 11 Rockets rumored trade targets from least to most realistic

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Malcolm Brogdon: Unrealistic

Malcolm Brogdon is exactly what the Rockets need. He's a facilitator and a great 3-point shooter, with averages of 15.7 points, 5.5 assists, and 41.2 percent from three (5.1 attempts). 

Brogdon was named Sixth Man of the Year in 2022-23 and has played well for the Portland Trail Blazers, who have given strong consideration to the idea of keeping him around longer. In fact, the latest word out of Portland is that they'd like to hold onto him.

In other words, the Blazers would have to be offered something significant to part with him, which I wouldn't expect the Rockets to do.

Nick Richards: Realistic

Nick Richards is easily having his best season as a pro, as he's averaging 9.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 67.9 percent from the floor, which all represent career highs. The 26-year-old center has made the most of an uptick in playing time (career-high 25.7 minutes in 2023-24).

Richards is in the first year of a three-year $15 million contract that was doled out in the offseason, and the final year is non-guaranteed. Richards' economical contract makes him even more valuable, as five million annually is a steal for what he brings to the table.

Richards could be had for multiple second-round picks, but for a Rockets team that just parted with three later-round picks to get Adams, such a deal would be a head-scratcher.

Daniel Gafford: Unrealistic

Daniel Gafford has garnered significant interest around the league, as the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Rockets were all linked to the Washington Wizards big man at one point or another. The 25-year-old is on a bargain contract that pays him $13 million per year through 2026.

Gafford is capable of being the much-needed reserve center for the Rockets, as he provides rebounding and rim protection and is a highly-efficient scorer. Gafford is averaging 10.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, and 69.5 percent from the field.

Washington's expected asking price is a first-round pick, due to Gafford's interest around the league, which is why I wouldn't expect the Rockets to add him.