3 Trade Packages To Send Rockets’ Christian Wood To Nets

Christian Wood, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, NBA Trade Rumors
NBA Analysis Network
Christian Wood, Houston Rockets, NBA Trade Rumors
NBA Analysis Network
Houston Rockets Receive: C Nic Claxton
Brooklyn Nets Receive: C Christian Wood

First, a caveat. Nic Claxton is a Restricted Free Agent this summer. This trade assumes that the Houston Rockets are willing to offer him a contract that’s comparable enough to Wood’s $14.3 million annual salary to orchestrate a sign-and-trade.

If that assumption holds, this is a win-win trade. The Nets probably won’t be able to play Claxton alongside Ben Simmons. As a non-shooting ball-handler, he needs to play alongside shooters in order to be maximized.

Claxton is not a shooter. What he is is a versatile, switchable big who can guard multiple positions. His ability to both protect the rim and defend in space will be a blessing to a Rockets team that finished with the second-worst Defensive Rating in the NBA last season.

If the Rockets hesitate to pull the trigger on this deal, it’ll be due to their faith in big man Alperen Sengun. While he’s currently got limitations on defense, he’s a dynamic offensive big with prodigious passing vision and exceptional low-post footwork.

LATEST NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: 3 Perfect Trade Ideas Involving Rockets’ Christian Wood

If the Rockets would rather avoid having Claxton step on his developmental toes, they’ll probably be more interested in one of the other deals the Nets could put on the table.

NBA Agent Reveals How Much Money OG Anunoby Could Cost

One of the more intriguing free agents people will be keeping an eye on during the 2024 NBA offseason is New York Knicks forward OG

Houston Rockets’ Amen Thompson Showing Immense Potential

The NBA Play-In Tournament field in the Western Conference is far from set. There are teams catching fire in recent weeks that will shake up

Mavs’ Winning Streak Continues as Doncic Dazzles Against Rockets

In a display of sheer basketball brilliance, Luka Doncic, with 47 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists, along with Kyrie Irving‘s contribution of 24 points