The Houston Rockets are expected to be one of the buyers at the trade deadline, as they're hoping to bolster the roster for the second half of the 2023-24 NBA season. As it stands, the 19-20 Rockets rank 10th in the Western Conference, which would put them in the play-in tournament.
The Rockets have very little room for error, which isn't the best place to be in, considering the injury to Tari Eason, who has clearly been missed this season and is still not cleared for a normal workload. We've heard suggestions such as Bojan Bogdanovich, Marcus Smart, and Jordan Clarkson, which have all made sense to varying degrees, for one reason or another.
The Rockets significantly lack depth in their big man rotation, which has forced Jeff Green into a bigger role than expected. The Rockets also lack shooting, as they rightfully chose to address their defensive woes in the summer.
The good thing is that the Rockets have a bevy of draft capital, which can be used to address these needs.
The latest trade proposal from The Athletic's Sam Vecenie is one that should be phoned in immediately by Rockets GM Rafael Stone, as it would address these positional needs. On the follow slides, we'll take a look at the deal and why it makes sense for all parties involved.