Rockets land size, shooting in bold Kevin Porter Jr. mock deal with Spurs

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What a deal with the Spurs could look like

In any deal between the Rockets and Spurs involving Porter, San Antonio would be waiving Porter imminently. Porter would essentially serve as salary filler for the Spurs.

A potential deal is outlined below.


Why the Rockets benefit from the move

The Rockets made no secret about their desire to land a center. They tried going after Brook Lopez and Dwight Powell in the summer and were forced to settle with Jock Landale and Jeff Green, the latter of which likely won't be able to land a significant role on the court. 

It wasn't that long ago when Birch averaged 11.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 61.4 percent on two-pointers in the bubble. Birch is a traditional big man who could be a rim runner and is a classic low-post big man.

In addition, he's a formidable defender who could also aid in the development of Rockets center Alperen Sengun. For what the Rockets would need from a reserve center, Birch could fill the void quite easily. 

And he's only under contract through the 2023-24 season.

The Rockets would also nab Devonte Graham in the deal, whose contract alone makes him valuable. Graham is slated to make $12 million in 2023-24 and has a guaranteed salary of just $2.85 million in 2024-25. 

Graham would bring shooting to a Rockets team devoid of players that can reliably stretch the floor, as the Rockets finished last in 3-point shooting last season while Graham made 35.8 percent of his triples on 7.4 attempts.

Graham is a career 35.6 percent 3-point shooter who was able to make pull-up threes at a considerable number during his peak.

He'd be valuable as a shot-creating ballhandler off the bench for the Rockets.