4 Newly-available trade targets the Washington Wizards should pursue after December 15

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Jock Landale

The 28-year-old Australian center signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Houston Rockets in the offseason after a successful stint with the Phoenix Suns. However, he has failed to crack the rotation in Houston as he has only appeared in 13 games for an average of 8.7 minutes.

Considering that he is behind the budding star Alperen Sengun, and veteran Jeff Green in the center rotation, Landale is unlikely to increase his playing time anytime soon, barring major injuries. And there is a limit to how much you can play as a third-string center.

Landale's contract is also non-guaranteed beyond this season, so there is a decent chance there is no future for Landale in Houston. This could be an opportunity for the Wizards to swoop in and acquire him for a very low cost.

Despite his struggles this season, Landale was an excellent backup center for the Phoenix Suns last year. He doesn't have elite size or athleticism but he can move his feet, play hard, and rebound the ball. He was able to usurp Deandre Ayton in the rotation in last season's playoffs thanks to his effort and two-way ability.

He is not going to change the fate of the franchise if the Wizards were to acquire him but he is a decent low-risk target. He is much better than all the back-up center options Washington currently deploys, and that by itself makes Landale a worthy target.