The Houston Rockets have made no shortage of headlines for both James Harden and Russell Westbrook wanting to be traded. That didn’t stop them from making a key free agency signing in Christian Wood.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets have agreed to a three-year, $41 million contract with Christian Wood.
Adding more size in the frontcourt became a real priority for the Rockets after the micro-ball experiment ended up failing. The trade for Clint Capela before the trade deadline created a need for Houston to turn to NBA free agency for an answer—- proving to be Wood.
After the Detroit Pistons traded Andre Drummond, Woods managed to put up huge averages of 22.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks. At just 25-years-old, he still has plenty of potential to reach in a larger role.
There’s a lot to like about Wood playing alongside Russell Westbrook and James Harden, if they end up sticking around with the Rockets. Both players can provide high-level passing in pick-and-roll situations to maximize Woods’ impact as a finisher.
Even if Harden and Westbrook were to be traded from the Houston Rockets, Cristian Wood would be able to shoulder more of a scoring role— utilizing a greater share of his overall offensive skill-set. Overall, the potential in this opportunity would be quite impressive no matter how those situations play out.
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