NBA Trades: Nets land rising superstar from Rockets in spicy proposed summer deal

Mikal Bridges, Cam Thomas
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NBA Trades: Would the Houston Rockets agree to the deal?

The Rockets are finally showing signs of improvement after three straight awful seasons after bringing in coach Ime Udoka and several veterans, as well as having Alperin Sengun emerge as a borderline all-star.

Those are all encouraging signs but Green's sudden improvement calls into question whether he and Sengun can co-star on a good team. In fact, ESPN's Tim MacMahon suggests that the Rockets may move on from one of them at some point.

Both Green and Sengun are eligible for contract extensions after this season and this summer seems like the perfect time for them to move one of them while they are still on their rookie deals. Since the Rockets previously shopped Green, he seems like the most obvious candidate, especially after his hot stretch.

Houston revisiting their offer for Bridges makes sense, with the Rockets owning multiple picks and pick swaps from Brooklyn due to the Harden deal. Trading Green, Landale, whose salary they would have to guarantee for this deal, as well as Brooklyn's 2024 and 2026 picks and relinquishing the rights to a 2025 pick swap for Bridges, would be a competitive offer.

Bridge's scoring and defense would fit right in with the Rockets, helping them on both ends of the floor while also giving Sengun the keys to the team.  As a result, it seems clear that they would do the deal.

Overall, the Nets are seemingly stuck, hoping to convince a star to join them but otherwise being a low-end lottery team. Meanwhile, the Rockets are on the rise but are a long way away from getting back into tile contention. Both sides seemingly have reasons to do the deal but the Nets may still be resistant to a trade unless they first strike out this summer. Stay tuned.