Report: Rockets have shown trade interest in Atlanta’s AJ Griffin

As the NBA’s 2023-24 in-season trade deadline approaches in early February, backup center has long been a rumored position of interest for the Houston Rockets. But could general manager Rafael Stone also potentially have interest in adding more 3-point shooting?

According to veteran NBA scribe Matt Moore, now with The Action Network, second-year Atlanta Hawks forward AJ Griffin appears to be of at least some interest to the Rockets.

In his latest column, which explores the possibility of bigger transactions for the underachieving Hawks, Moore writes:

The Bulls, Rockets, and Knicks have expressed interest in AJ Griffin, who has fallen out of the rotation under Quin Snyder this season.

Griffin, drafted No. 16 overall in the 2022 first round (one spot in front of Houston’s Tari Eason), averaged 8.9 points in 19.5 minutes as a rookie, shooting 46.5% overall and 39.0% on 3-pointers. He’s a versatile 6-foot-6 forward who turned 20 years old last offseason.

But the second-year Duke product has largely fallen out of Atlanta’s rotation in his sophomore 2023-24 season, averaging 2.5 points in just 9.0 minutes per game (and just 13 games played).

Houston currently owns three second-round picks in the 2024 NBA draft, but the Rockets are unlikely to have room to roster that many players next season. Thus, a consolidation trade for a player like Griffin who needs a change of scenery could make sense.

For now, stay tuned! The 2023-24 in-season trade deadline arrives in just under one month on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Story originally appeared on Rockets Wire