The NBA trade deadline is a month away and many teams are going to pull some last-minute moves, but most will do one, maybe two. The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, may end up making a lot of moves as the NBA trade rumors swirling around have a number of big players possibly moving. Ty Lawson seems like an extremely likely candidate to be traded, but the Rockets may even ship an unhappy Dwight Howard to the Miami Heat.
Fansided believes that a current record of 22-20 isn’t good enough to get the team where they want to be. As of Monday evening, the Rockets are in seventh place in the Western Conference, but have a solid grip on it as the eighth place Utah Jazz are 3.5 games behind them.
Still, there are some teams in the bottom half of the West that could make a late run and come up to try and knock the Rockets down a peg or two. The New Orleans Pelicans are looking to make some moves to get better and the Sacramento Kings aren’t far behind.
With that, the Rockets could look to move as many as four different players. All of them may not end up traded away, but if Houston is going to make any moves, here are the biggest targets to head out.
Ty Lawson is a primary piece of trade bait, and the Sun Times even states that he “must” be traded before the deadline. The Rockets’ experiment has failed miserably and there is just no need to keep Lawson any longer. A trade with the Detroit Pistons for Brandon Jennings may be their best bet within the next few weeks.
Reggie Jackson took over the starting point guard spot while Jennings was out, and the latter is going to be an unrestricted free agent in July. Jennings in Houston would rejuvenate his career while Lawson could find new life in Detroit.
Now, the bigger move could be that of Dwight Howard. He’s already been linked to NBA trade rumors that could send him to the New York Knicks or even the New Orleans Pelicans. There are also possible landing locations as Chris Sheridan reported back in December that Howard could end up being sent to the Miami Heat.
With the trade deadline drawing near, Movie News Guide reports that a couple of other teams have jumped out as possible places that Howard could go. It seems that the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics have both emerged as teams that may go after the All-Star.
Swingman Corey Brewer was just traded to the Houston Rockets a little over a year ago, and he has a lot to offer other teams. Right now, he’s averaging 6.8 points and 2.4 rebounds-per-game. Teams looking fro a good sixth man of even a slight improvement at shooting guard could likely get Brewer for a steal.
CBS Sports reports that the Rockets were looking at possible trades for Terrence Jones as long as a month ago. At one time, the Rockets were looking to ship the often-injured Jones to the Phoenix Suns for Markieff Morris, but nothing ever came of it.
Jones, Brewer, and Lawson could all give any team an upgrade for their current starters or at least provide a great talent coming off the bench. Dwight Howard though, he could turn an entire team’s season around and a team like the Pelicans could go from pretender to instant playoff contender.
If the Houston Rockets are going to make one or multiple moves, they need to really start looking at doing them soon. As the NBA trade deadline gets closer, some teams may start making moves with other teams and leave the Rockets with what they currently have.
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