Rockets' GM Rafael Stone must consider The Athletic's trade proposal

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Taking a look at the proposed 3-team deal for the Rockets

Vecenie's proposal is below:


This deal could be challenging, as three-team deals are often difficult to pull off. If one team doesn't agree on the compensation, these deals tend to fall apart. Also, if talks between the other imvolved teams break down, the deal is off the table.

And the Rockets wouldn't be able to do anything about it. With that being said, let's take a look at why both Eastern Conference teams would be wise to consider the trade, starting with the Wizards.

Why the Wizards do the deal

The Washington Wizards are clearly in rebuild mode. That was evident when they traded Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis in the same offseason.

Granted, they waited too long to blow it up, which is why Beal's value was so low (not to mention his no-trade clause). The Wizards will likely deal Tyus Jones at the deadline as well, as their focus should be on stockpiling assets.

Daniel Gafford has value around the league and isn't doing anything for them (hence the 7-32 record).

Washington walks away with a 2024 first-round pick and the expiring contracts of Jock Landale and Dalano Banton.

Why the Celtics do the deal

This deal is a no-brainer for the Cs, as they offload two prospect-level players that aren't getting much of any playing time in Mykhailiuk and Stevens, and land draft capital that could be off-loaded down the road, by way of a second-round pick.

Not to mention the inclusion of Jae'Sean Tate, who would only make the Celtics' fourth-ranked defense stronger, while being able to provide value as a secondary playmaker. The Celtics are also the league's eighth-ranked 3-point shooting team (37.8 percent), which is important for any team that acquires Tate, who is a non-shooter.