Trade Deadline 2023: Houston Rockets Mock Deadline

  • GM: Cooper Kline, @alley_oop_coop

    Salary Cap: $135,730,588

    Luxury Tax: $14,536,412

    GOAL: Get a FRP for Eric Gordon! Don’t undersell KJ Martin. Get value for Garrison Matthews if you need to clear the roster spot.


    • You’re in line to have around $59 million in cap space this summer, so try not eating into that unless you’re getting a premium asset in return and are okay with eating into that space

    • Eric Gordon is non-guaranteed next year and you don’t want him eating into that space. You’ve held out for years to get a FRP for him, so do what you can to recoup value

    • KJ Martin requested out, assess his value and determine what is fair value for him

    • Report: Houston was getting Grayson Allen + salary filler (presumably Dario Saric or Landry Shamet) and four second-round picks for Eric Gordon and/or KJ Martin in a 3-team Jae Crowder deal. Houston turned it down, presumably because they think they can do better. EG and KJ may each be worth a first

    Players to Dangle

    Eric Gordon (2/$40.5 w/ NG 2023-24)

    o   Salary: $19,568,360

    o   Can match up to $24,568,360

    o   Hold out for the absolute best offer… four seconds for EG and KJM wasn’t enough

    o   In 2020, expiring Evan Fournier went for two seconds into Boston’s TPE, so may have to settle for that

    Jae’Sean Tate (3/$20.6 w/ TO in 2024-25)

    o   He’s a mid tier salary that can be really helpful to a contender so his name is going to be brought up in negotiations automatically

    o   Would Golden State trade Wiseman for Tate+?

    o   Salary: $7,065,217

    o   Can take up to $12,065,217 in a deal for him

    Garrison Mathews (3/$6.2 w/ NG in 23-24 & TO in ‘24-25)

    o   If any trade is made where a roster spot needs to be freed up, Mathews will have some value in trade market to be moved

    o  Salary: $2,000,000

    KJ Martin (2/$3.7 w/ 2023-24 TO)

    o   Obviously the trade request is looming, low salary so he can fit into plenty of TPEs, but would you be able to get a protected first for him?

    o   Salary: $1,782,621

    Daishen Nix (3/$5.3 w/ NG ‘23-24 and TO in ‘24-25)

    o   Likely first roster casualty if roster spot is needed

    o  Salary: $1,836,096

    Assets Owned

    • TPE: $3,892,917
    • 2023 1st (swap rights with BKN)
    • 2023 MIL 1st
    • 2024 1st (top 4 protected to OKC)
    • 2024 BKN 1st
    • 2025 1st (more favorable of own protected 1-10 & Nets; or more favorable of own 11-30 and Nets if Rockets pick is less favorable than Clippers or more favorable of Nets
    and less favorable of 11-30 or Thunder)
    • 2026 1st (top 4 protected to OKC)
    • 2026 BKN 1st
    • 2027 1st (swap rights with Brooklyn)
    • 2028 1st
    • 2029 1st
    • 2024 GSW 2nd (protected 56-60)
    • 2024 2nd (to OKC if 2024 first not conveyed)
    • 2024 BKN 2nd
    • 2025 2nd (to OKC if 2024 first not conveyed)
    • 2025 MIN 2nd
    • 2025 ATL 2nd (protected 31-40)
    • 2026 2nd (to OKC if 2026 first not conveyed)
    • 2027 MIN 2nd
    • 2028 2nd
    • 2029 2nd


    Mock Trades to Date (Feb 2 Deadline)


    Rockets and Knicks swap role players

    TRADE: Rockets trade Garrison Mathews and their 2024 2nd round pick to the Knicks for Miles McBride

    Our Rockets GM, Cooper Klein, is not a Garrison Mathews fan and for that reason, he was ecstatic to get value for him. While McBride is not playing much for the Knicks, he can provide valuable guard depth to the Rockets. The Knicks get a player who’s perceived as a good shooter with gravity, plus an expectation that the Rockets second-round pick will be in the 30s or low 40s in 2024 in exchange for McBride.

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