The Houston Rockets are having a decent 2019-2020 season thus far. They are 28-16, sitting at the five seed in the west winning 5 of their last 10 games. James Harden has been phenomenal and Russell Westbrook fits just fine with the team.
The fact remains, they don’t have enough to compete with top tier contenders such s Lakers and Clippers. The Jazz and Nuggets provide solid competition may prove difficult to overcome. The silver lining though Rockets have Daryl Morey as there GM and he is exceptional at what he does.
Houston Rockets Situation
Rockets are heavily focused on its star players this strategy works in the regular season but fails in the playoffs. The role players haven’t performed well at all. PJ Tucker is a decent 3 and D guy. Eric Gordon has been awful and Clint Capella’s offensive production is just a by-product of the two stars. They lack firepower at the wing position and desperately need a guy who can create his shot.
Houston can’t attract another star player as it doesn’t have the assets or the salary cap to do so. What it can do is use its first-round pick to attract quality role player or veterans.
Here is look at three players Houston Rockets can trade for.
He is a very good option as certainly the Detroit Pistons will be selling its pieces off. Morris is making $6.6 million this year and the Rockets can easily make space for him. He is exactly the type of player Rockets need as he can provide defensive versatility and create his shots.
Rockets can make a deal around the 2021 first-round pick and the 2020 second-round pick as Pistons are looking to rebuild.
Covington, who is averaging 12.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 threes and 1.6 steals through is an excellent fit for the Rockets. He is a 3 and D guy who can provide the defence and the firepower required by the rockets.
To trade is a difficult task though, as many teams have shown great interest him and it will likely develop into a “bidding war”. The most they can offer is 2 first-round picks and a second-round pick with a player like Danuel House.
Bertans would mesh well with the Rockets. They have struggled due to lack of shooting and floor spacing. Bertans would alleviate everything for that offence and become Harden’s go-to guy for kicking out the ball. He is averaging 15.3 ppg while shooting 42.6% from the 3-point range and leads the league in catch and shoot 3 pointers per game (3.2)
To trade for him the Rockets would have to make a package of 2021 first-round pick and PJ Tucker. There is a chance they might not want to give up Tucker, so they might have to offer Danuel House, a first-round and a second-round pick.