Houston May Dangle Brandon Knight For 3-And-D Player.
The Houston Rockets continue to struggle with the spate of injuries hounding the team. The most recent is the hamstring injury of Chris Paul, something that will keep the all-star guard out for at least two weeks.
Currently toting a 16-15 win-loss card, the Rockets are tied with the Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings for the 8th to 10th spots in the Western Conference. With the breakthrough they had last season, critics believe that the boy of head coach Mike D' Antoni can do better. And the key towards doing that would be to get the right personnel.
Like the Sacramento Kings, the Rockets are looking to add a defensive player who can also hit it from the outside. Trevor Ariza would have been a perfect fit, but the veteran ended up with the Washington Wizards instead. Carmelo Anthony, who is still technically a Rocket, would have been a solution, only that his defensive skills are lacking.
Hence, the best thing to do for the Rockets right now is skim the market for a good 3-and-D player. But the problem right now is that the team does not have the best assets to offer, (https://sircharlesincharge.com/2018/12/21/nba-trade-rumors-rockets-shopping-brandon-knight-first-round-pick/) Sir Charles in Charge pointed out.
One player reportedly being dangled is Brandon Knight. For some, hearing that the name of the 27-year-old in the center of trade talks is nothing new. According to the (https://theathletic.com/723403/2018/12/19/houston-rockets-danuel-house-locked-in-danuel-house-james-harden-chris-paul-notes/) Athletic , the Rockets have already made calls, offering Knight and a first-round pick. So far, no team has shown interest.
The Rockets are unlikely to take that off the table. Instead of a straight team-to-team trade, engaging in a multi-team deal could be their best option. Though it may sound complex, it all boils down to the exchange of assets. With some tweaks, it could work as Houston tries to look for new faces that can fit into the system of D'Antoni and hopefully aid the team moving forward.
As a Rocket, Knight has appeared only in five games. He has hardly made an impact, although a lot of that has to do with the loaded backcourt Houston has at the moment.
Further complicating the situation is that Knight has only one more year on his contract. This means that whichever team gets him will be stuck with him for that duration. The case would have been easier had Knight been performing well this season. But with limited playing time given, that may only happen if he joins a team that can give him the opportunity to strut his stuff on the basketball court.