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Rockets prioritizing wing player acquisition before trade deadline

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The Houston Rockets have prioritized a potential wing player acquisition before the NBA’s Feb. 6 trade deadline, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. General manager Daryl Morey is known for always being active looking to make moves to upgrade the roster, and this deadline is expected to be no different.

The Rockets are continuing to make future draft picks available for an upgrade:

In the meantime, Morey and his front office will continue to scour the league for potential upgrades. The Rockets have prioritized a potential wing player acquisition before the Feb. 6 trade deadline, and are continuing to make future draft picks available for an upgrade, sources say.

For now, they will leave a roster spot open as the team is as healthy as it’s been all season.

There’s been conflicting reports about whether the Rockets have interest in Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Robert Covington. He’s a player who does fit Houston’s system since he’s a solid 3-and-D player who does most of his damage on offense from beyond the arc. However, it’s unclear how much the Timberwolves are asking in return for him.

The Rockets are 27-16 on the season. They are in sixth place in the Western Conference standings after preseason projections had them competing for an NBA championship.

James Harden is averaging 36.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists on the season, while Russell Westbrook is putting up 25.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists. The Rockets will ultimately go as far as the two MVPs can take them, but having a third dynamic scorer from the wing position wouldn’t hurt.