The Houston Rockets are in the early stages of rebuilding, so they could be open for business this offseason when it comes to the trade market. They already have three first-round picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, but a team looking to stockpile talent could be open to acquiring more.
Veteran Eric Gordon has been mentioned in some rumors, as the scoring guard could fit on the second unit of plenty of contending teams. If a team came calling about John Wall, the Rockets would likely listen as well. One player that may surprise some people that could be on the move is Christian Wood.
The Rockets signed Wood last offseason to a three-year, $41 million deal after he had a breakout season with the Detroit Pistons during the 2019-20 season. He did not disappoint, as his first season in Houston was a productive one.
Wood averaged 21 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 blocks in 32.3 minutes per game. So, why would the Rockets want to trade a player that turns only 26 in September and could only be scratching the surface of his potential? Their rebuilding timeline.
While a soon-to-be 26-year old isn’t old, he doesn’t fit the Rockets’ timeline. Houston won’t be contending during his current contract, so flipping him for more assets to build the foundation of their future isn’t out of the question.
Which teams could be interested in acquiring Wood? Here are four intriguing landing spots for the former UNLV product.