Rockets Trade Rumors: Danuel House Drawing More Interest Than McLemore, Brown

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIMarch 23, 2021

Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. (4) passes during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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The Houston Rockets have plenty of players they could shop before Thursday's trade deadline, but they're not having much luck in enticing potential trade partners regarding several players. 

According to Kelly Iko, David Aldridge and Danny Leroux of The Athletic, forward Danuel House is garnering the most interest out of a trio that also includes guards Sterling Brown and Ben McLemore, but none of the players are too sought-after in the final days before the deadline. 

House, who is in his third season in Houston following a quiet start to his career with the Washington Wizards and the Phoenix Suns, has appeared in 26 games for the Rockets this season. He is averaging 9.7 points on 40.7 percent shooting—a career low—and 4.0 rebounds through 28.1 minutes per game. 

According to The Athletic report, "interest in McLemore has cooled recently," and the team may waive him following Thursday's deadline. 

McLemore is averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds through 16.0 minutes per game, making 28 appearances on a loaded depth chart that includes Victor Oladipo and Kevin Porter Jr. in front of him at shooting guard. 

As for Brown, one executive told The Athletic that the fourth-year player—who joined the team off of three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks—is considered to be "more of a 'filler'" in trade negotiations rather than a headline player. 

Brown has collected a career-high 7.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting through 23.9 minutes per game, with 40 appearances this season.

Of course, the top player to be had out of Houston is Oladipo, who according to The Athletic has been the subject of trade negotiations with more than one team. 


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