After years of just missing out on the playoffs, the Houston Rockets finally appear to have gotten the formula right. Guards Jeremy Lin and James Harden provide a reliable 1-2 punch, and their teammates all chip in as necessary. However, the Rockets are still one piece short of becoming a Western Conference powerhouse.
As talented as the team is, Houston has a glaring hole at power forward. Nothing against Marcus Morris and Patrick Patterson, but neither man has the toughness the Rockets need at the position. They can both stretch the floor well, but are hit or miss when it comes to defense.
Fortunately for team GM Daryl Morey, there are plenty of options available on the trade market. Even better is that the Rockets have plenty of trade chips available, from the aforementioned Morris and Patterson to youngsters like Terrence Jones and Greg Smith.
Any or all of these players can be used to make a deal that helps push Houston that extra mile. It may not bring them a championship this year, but will definitely help make Harden and Lin an even more dynamic duo now that a third musketeer will be in the mix as well.
All statistics in this article are accurate as of Wednesday, January 16, 2013