The 2023-24 Houston Rockets have a bevy of depth on the wings, which hasn't exactly been the case, dating back to the James Harden era. Between Dillon Brooks, Tari Eason, Jae'Sean Tate, and Jabari Smith Jr., minutes are hard to come by on a consistent basis.
Tate has been the odd man out, as he's played the fewest minutes of his career (18.5 minutes per contest). This isn't necessarily a knock against Tate, as he's certainly capable of being a contributor. He's just not as good of a shooter as Brooks and Eason (31.9 percent from deep compared to Brooks' 40.8 percent and Eason's 36 percent from deep).
Analyzing the best landing spots for Houston Rockets defensive ace Jae'Sean Tate
In addition, Tate isn't as tenacious of a defender as Brooks. With that being said, Tate could be the odd man out, as the Rockets don't exactly have alot of assets to trade, outside of draft capital, and his contract makes him even more valuable ($6.5 million in 2023-24 and a team option of $7.1 million in 2024-25).
In other words, Tate is essentially an expiring contract, if a team decides against keeping him beyond this season. With that being said, let's take a look at the teams that could be tempted to make a deal for the 28-year-old forward, followed by several teams that will surely not be interested in taking on Tate.