The Houston Rockets need help with their center position after an injury to one of their starters. According to latest trade rumors, the Texas team could deal for big man Kosta Koufus from the Sacramento Kings.
Clint Capela has a fracture in his left fibula and is not expected to return in about a month. Acquiring Koufus will help the Rockets frontcourt that features Nene, Montrezl Harrell and Ryan Anderson.
Will Koufus fit D’Antoni’s run-and-gun?
Under “run-and-gun” head coach Mike D’Antoni, the Rockets have been one of the fastest and highest scoring teams in the league. Houston has the ability to play lots of “small ball” playing without a true center but getting Koufus will help them in this stretch of the season while Capela is out.
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Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted the possibility that the Rockets acquire Koufus before the deadline:
Trade rumble: Houston has made no secret of its desire to add a big man and the Kings' Kosta Koufos, I'm told, has emerged as a prime target
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 30, 2016
Capela is known for his defense, rebounding and energy inside the paint. Koufus is not as active but is a better option on offense.
Koufus has started this year for the Kings alongside star center DeMarcus Cousins. But Sacramento could deal him before the February’s trade deadline and get younger prospects or future picks in exchange.
Koufus has a player option after the 2017-2018 season. So he’s locked up with the Kings until season before hitting free agency. Koufus is averaging an annual salary of about $8.2 million in a four-year contract he signed with Sacramento in 2015.
If the Rockets acquire Koufus it’s likely that they give up a future pick in any deal, possibly a first rounder in the next few NBA drafts.
The Rockets have played impressively this season. With offense ran by superstar and MVP-candidate James Harden, Houston is in third place in the tough Western Conference with a 24-9 record so far this year.
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Koufus is averaging 5.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this season.
However, adding Kosta Koufus won’t hurt the Houston Rockets’ regular season campaign since adding an extra big man will be good when they meet the top teams in the league.
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