As the Rockets continue to work towards finding their stride while developing the young players, they have some big decisions ahead as the NBA trade deadline approaches. Two names Christian Wood and Daniel Theis have been circulating as players who may receive mild to significant trade interest.
Wood, who is considered a veteran player at 26, is in the second season of his three-year contract. Ironically enough part of his decision to play for the Rockets was to team up with James Harden who ended up leaving the team. His consistency and impact on the floor for Houston right now is undeniable. With him being the team’s best option, it really balls down to how successful the Rockets want to be in the present in trying to salvage this season versus how much they want to continue focusing on developing the youth.
Theis, a 29-year-old vet, is a little bit of a different story. The Rockets are sitting at the bottom of the conference and things haven’t quite gelled in terms of spacing on the floor with Theis. Spacing issues have led to less playing time which mean Theis might find that he could contribute much more on a different team.
In other Rockets news John Wall, had a meeting with the Rockets general manager Rafael Stone and head coach Stephen Silas recently to discuss a return to play with the team. Wall, the 31-year-old five-time All-Star player, is adamant about maintaining a featured role in a return to play with the Rockets. The team has encouraged him to play more of a complementary role as again the focus is on the development of the younger players.
It may seem counterintuitive to limit an all-star’s role and responsibilities however the idea is to build up the chemistry between rookie and #2 overall draft pick Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. who is in his 3rd year. The Rockets enjoyed a couple of consecutive victories recently which for a team with the worst record in the league is encouraging. In the matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder the team even rallied to let KPJ get a rebound so he could get a triple double. So, if nothing else it looks like the squad is enjoying playing with each other which is a big deal for Houston.
Finally, a few players Josh Christopher, Usman Garuba, and Daishen Nix were called up from the 8-0 Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets NBA G-League team.
Update: Upon a review by the NBA Kevin Porter Jr.’s 10th rebound was rescinded and his triple double is now null and void. The rebound originally credited to him was overturned and was credited as a controlled tip to Alperen Sengun.