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Report: Rockets shopping out east for a center, willing to take on salary

Yay for trade season.

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Well, it appears that our Houston Rockets aren’t done yet... hopefully. A recent report from The Athletic’s Kelly Iko has the good guys back to shopping on the trade market, and this time, they’re looking to pick up a replacement center for the recently-departed Clint Capela. And in turning conventional wisdom about the team’s current state of ownership on its head, the team is said to be willing to take on salary in order to make this move happen,

There’s a slew of possible options in the Eastern Conference, ranging from Myles Turner to Alex Len, Tristan Thompson, Ian Mahinmi, Bismack Biyombo, DeAndre Jordan, Kelly Olynyk, Enes Kanter, and Daniel Theis.

Some of these — like Turner — would be a dream get but are not very likely. Len is relatively cheap and would be a good fit, but are they really dealing with the Hawks again?

Thompson’s contract is heavy ($18 million), but he’d be a rebounding machine in Houston, able to focus pretty much solely on what he does best. Biyombo’s making $17 million, but he’ll be a free agent at season’s end, and Mahinmi would also be a free agent, but he’s making $16 million, and we have yet to hear how much salary the Rockets are really ready to take on.

Some early rumors have Thompson as the frontrunner, but that appears just speculation for now.

Tell us in the comments who you’d like to see coming to H-town.