3. Rockets land Davis Bertans from OKC Thunder
This offseason, Davis Bertans was shipped to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a deal that was a blatant salary dump by the Dallas Mavericks. Bertans is owed $17 million in 2023-24 and has a player option worth $16 million in 2024-25.
(I know the Rockets wouldn't necessarily be jumping for joy if they were offered Bertans).
But again, this is likely what the Rockets would be able to net from Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti, who would give up his firstborn in exchange for draft capital. There's probably not any other human being in all of sports who covets draft compensation as much as Presti.
And the player he'd be itching to get rid of is Bertans, the 6-foot-10 reserve forward who could provide a shooting spark off the Rockets' second-unit. Keep in mind, Bertans made 39 percent of his threes last year and is a career 39.8 percent shooter from distance.
And the Rockets will be bidding good riddance to a player in Porter who has been one of their best shooters for the last several seasons, so they'd need to replace his shooting ability. Bertans could fill that void and would likely not cost the Rockets more than just a second-round pick.