Washington Wizards Receive: F/C Christian Wood
Houston Rockets Receive: F Deni Avdija, F Rui Hachimura
In 41 games with Houston this year, Christian Wood averaged 21.0 points, 9.6 rebound, 1.2 blocks and shot 51.4% from the floor, 37.4% from three-point range, so it is hard to imagine that they would be looking to trade him in the offseason.
However, Deni Avdija and Rui Hachimura are two high-level, young players with a lot of potential for growth that fit the Rockets rebuild perfectly. They need a young, talented player on the wing like Avdija and Hachimura could fit in perfectly in their frontcourt.
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Deni Avdija was the 9th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft by the Wizards and Rui Hachimura was the 9th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Wizards. While Deni’s season was cut short due to a leg injury, he showed flashes of his full potential of being a playmaker on the wing during the regular season.
Rui Hachimura on the other hand has proven that he can be a key factor for any team in this league over the last two years, as he has averaged 13.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and has shot 47.3% from the floor in two seasons in Washington.
The Rockets are rebuilding right now and looking for as many young talents as possible, which is why they could definitely be interested in both Deni Avdija and Rui Hachimura from a player standpoint. However, trading Christian Wood may not be up for discussion, especially after the breakout season he had in Houston this year.
Now, let’s dive into this trade from each team’s standpoint to truly see if this is a trade that makes sense for both the Wizards and Rockets to execute this offseason.