The Houston Rockets want to sustain their great start to the 2016-2017 NBA Season. An injury to center Clint Capela could derail their regular season campaign and there are NBA trade rumors that the Texas team will be aggressive in searching for a replacement big man.
Capela, who has played well as the starting center for the Rockets this season, suffered a leg injury that will cost him to miss time from four to six weeks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Sources: With loss of Capela, Rockets probing trade market on available bigs. Most likely scenario: Turning minutes to Nene and Harrell.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) December 20, 2016
Houston Rockets have lots of big man options
The Rockets are lucky that many NBA big men could be available in the trade market.
As noted by Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer, there are many forwards/centers that should be on the trading block. Either because they don’t have playing time with their respective teams or they are just a bad fit with their current squads.
Tjarks mentioned big men Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia 76ers), Jusuf Nurkic and Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Andrew Bogut (Dallas Mavericks), Tyson Chandler (Phoenix Suns), Nicolas Vucevic (Orlando Magic) and Greg Monroe (Milwaukee Bucks) as the big men likely to be traded this season
The Rockets should be interested in one of them. Although they don’t have much assets to give up to other teams.
The likely scenario is that Houston gives up a future first rounder for one of the big men. This addresses the issue of missing their starting center for the next month or so.
Among the names mentioned, the best trade prospect is Bogut. Dallas likely demans a future first rounder and the Rockets may give it since they are in win-now mode.
The most interesting scenario for Houston is the possibility that they acquire Noel from the Sixers. Noel recenty showed his frustration with the lack of playing time. There are NBA trade rumors that the Sixers are aggressively looking to deal him now after his latest outburst.
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