Should they choose to do so, the rebuilding Houston Rockets will likely have opportunities leading up to the February 2022 NBA trade deadline to move big men Christian Wood and Daniel Theis.
Regarding Wood and Theis, here’s what league insider Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer says in his latest story (published Monday morning).
With the Rockets focusing on developing young players, rival executives wonder how long it’ll be until Houston moves veterans, paving the way for (Alperen) Sengun to play more.
There is an expectation around the NBA that Christian Wood, who’s in the second season of a three-year contract, will receive significant trade interest and that Houston will entertain offers. Wood is only 26, so Houston could keep him, but he’s no sure thing to stay come 2023; one of the reasons he signed with the Rockets over other interested teams was to play with James Harden, and Harden is long gone. Wood can offer a lot more to a team with playoff hopes than he can to the Rockets.