Seeking more playing time ahead of his third NBA season, backup forward KJ Martin reportedly approached The Houston Rockets opened up about a potential trade to another team earlier this offseason.
As of early August, this has not happened yet. But with the Rockets adding two highly touted first-round forwards, Jabari Smith Jr. and Tari Eason, in the 2022 draft, the underlying calculation has certainly not changed. In any case, the path to rotation minutes for the 21-year-old has suddenly become even more difficult.
Thus, the underlying dynamic has not changed. Here’s what HoopsHype league insider Michael Scotto says announced on Friday:
Another team of Rockets players who are watching the trading market is KJ Martin, who gained attention after reported trade request from Houston, according to The Athletic. With a glut of hitters in Houston, and rookies Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason and J’Shawn Tate receiving significant pay raises on new contracts, Martin appears to have little playing time.
However, with Martin under contract at a relatively low price for two more seasonsThe Rockets aren’t desperate to trade the athletic forward who averaged 9 points (52.4% from the field, 36.0% from threes) and 3.8 rebounds in 22.0 minutes per game over two seasons. CEO Rafael Stone will need a solid cost.
That value has yet to be found, but with the teams still weeks away from training camp for the 2022-23 season, it would be foolish to discount Martin’s deal as teams try to complete their rosters. From Houston’s point of view, with a fairly extensive roster of young defensemen and forwards, the main incentive for the trade should probably be either future draft compensation or backup center.
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