NBA Trade Rumours: Rockets GM Daryl Morey plotting blockbuster deal, claims report

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Terrence Jones
Dec 4, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (6) dunks the ball against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Rockets defeat the Mavericks 100-96. Reuters/Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets are reportedly shaking up their roster amid a slow start in the 2015-2016 NBA regular season.

The Rockets currently sits in the eighth spot of the Western Conference rankings with a 10-11 record after winning three straight games. But inconsistency is still an issue within Houston’s core players.

Michael Sotto of Sheridan Hoops described the Rockets as the “biggest disappointment” of the season. The Rockets were able to reach the Western Conference Finals last season and looked poised to continue their status as a legitimate title contender heading into this season.

The Rockets have brought former Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson into the mix, but his addition has yet to make a positive impact with Houston. Firing Kevin McHale has not helped the team that much either, although the Rockets has improved to a much respectable record.

According to Sotto, if things do not “improve fast” for the Rockets, general manager Daryl Morey “will look to make a blockbuster trade” that could involve power forwards Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas.

Jones has been putting up solid numbers for the Rockets with averages of 11.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. D-Mo, on the other hand, has only played a single game this season after recovering from a back surgery, but he still proves to be a decent option at the four spot.

It make sense for the Rockets to deal Jones and Motiejunas as both players have expiring contracts, which could be very enticing for other NBA teams who are looking to clear cap-space for next year’s free agency. But the report from ESPN’s Marc Stein suggests that the Rocket are not inclining to maneuver a blockbuster trade.

Stein noted his sources that the Rockets are interested in acquiring Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris via trade, which could potentially involve Jones. Morris has long demanded a trade from the Suns after his twin brother Marcus was shipped to the Detroit Pistons in the offseason.

“Sources told that forward Terrence Jones would likely be included if a trade for Markieff Morris came to fruition,” Stein disclosed.

Morris is averaging 12.1 points and 5.3 rebounds this season, but is only making 39.0 percent of his field goal attempts. His twin brother Marcus, said last month that the Markieff looks unhappy in Phoenix, sparking trade rumours that the latter could be moved before the trade deadline.

It is not surprising for the Rockets to make a trade as they look far from their playoff form last season. But they are not the only one who would strike a deal this year, with more than 100 players who signed new deals over the summer becoming eligible to be traded on Dec. 15.

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