The struggling Houston Rockets are hoping to make a trade by the end of the week, according to a report from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Specific trade targets weren't mentioned, but the Rockets could use help on the wings and need help upgrading their bench. It's highly unlikely GM Daryl Morey would pull off a blockbuster-esque deal this early in the season, however.
A trade made by Morey this early in the season - especially given the lack of young trade assets - would likely be a depth move. The struggling Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers make sense as possible trade targets, with all three of those teams essentially tanking this season.
The Rockets led the NBA with 65 wins last season and pushed the powerhouse Golden State Warriors to seven games in the Western Conference Finals. But injuries to superstars Chris Paul and James Harden have led to a sluggish start.
Entering play on Thursday, the Rockets set at a terrible 11-12, only ahead of the Suns and San Antonio Spurs. The loss of Trevor Ariza - who signed with Phoenix this offseason - has hurt the Suns. They simply haven't gotten much production outside of Paul, Harden and Eric Gordon.
The Rockets signed veteran and former All-Star Carmelo Anthony after he was waived by the Atlanta Hawks. But Anthony couldn't fit the team's system and was unhappy with his role as a bench player, so the decision was made to mutually part ways.
What This Means
The Rockets missed out on the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes, as he wound up getting dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers. Morey is clearly feeling the pressure to get a trade done quickly, but whom exactly he's looking to acquire is anybody's trade.
But at this point, the Rockets will take all the help they can get.