Richard Jefferson says Houston ‘needs’ to make a trade
Former NBA forward and current NBA analyst Richard Jefferson believes the Houston Rockets need to make a trade to get more depth on the roster.
Jefferson, who won the 2016 NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, says All-Star point guard Chris Paul’s history of hamstring injuries is something the team can’t mess around with and that getting some players to help reigning MVP James Harden in the backcourt is important so The Beard isn’t worn out when the 2019 postseason begins.
The Rockets still have veteran forward Carmelo Anthony on the roster. They could look to package him in a deal to try and get some more help, although Anthony has virtually zero trade value right now.
Combo guard Austin Rivers was a great pickup for Houston. He’s averaging 12.1 points in seven games with the Rockets while shooting 41.6 percent from the floor and 38.3 percent from beyond the arc.
There was talk that Houston had interest in trading for Chicago Bulls shooting guard Justin Holiday, but the Memphis Grizzlies beat them to the punch. Atlanta Hawks swingman Kent Bazemore and Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith are two other players who have been rumored to be on Houston’s radar.
Harden is playing out of his mind right now, but you have to worry about him getting tired late in the season because his usage rate is so high right now. Let’s see if the Rockets can make a move to bolster their roster.