Marquese Chriss wants bigger role with Rockets or trade, his agent says

Marquese Chriss is laying all his cards on the table with the Rockets.

The forward has asked Houston to either give him a bigger role with the team or to trade him, his agent, Aaron Goodwin, told Yahoo Sports.

“Marquese didn’t ask to be traded to Houston,” Goodwin said. “The Rockets are a great organization and the kid has done everything they’ve asked of him to get on the floor. If it’s not going to happen there, we just want him to be treated fairly.”

Chriss, who is in his third year in the league after being selected eighth overall in 2016, has appeared in just 15 games for the Rockets and is averaging a career-low 6.7 minutes on the court. For the most part, he’s sitting on the bench.

In contrast, he flourished in his first two seasons in the league with the Suns, where he became the third-youngest player in NBA history to record 100 steals, 100 3-pointers and 100 blocks at 20. Only LeBron James and Kevin Durant have accomplished the feat.

With Rockets starters like Clint Capela and Chris Paul dealing with injuries over the past few weeks, it was assumed that Chriss would get his chance to shine in Houston. Instead, the Rockets acquired forward Kenneth Faried last week after it was determined Capela would be out for over a month with a thumb injury.

According to Goodwin, Chriss just wants a chance to play more.

“I would hate to see a career derailed because teams feel he cannot play at the level he did before the trade,” Goodwin said.

Chriss, who was acquired by the Rockets in the offseason via trade, will be a free agent this summer.