Report: Ime Udoka Would Be ‘Very Happy’ If Rockets Trade Jalen Green To Nets For Mikal Bridges

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According to NBA insider Sam Amick of The Athletic, Ime Udoka would be “very happy” if the Houston Rockets traded Jalen Green to the Brooklyn Nets for Mikal Bridges.

Bridges is the Rockets’ dream trade target, but the Nets are not interested in parting ways with the Villanova product.

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Nets have zero interest in trading Bridges to the Rockets for a package headlined by Green. The Rockets have made several aggressive offers to the Nets for Bridges, but Brooklyn will not trade the former Phoenix Suns forward.

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“The Nets’ resistance to moving Mikal Bridges, by contrast, appears to be iron-clad,” Stein wrote in his NBA post on Substack. “There have been multiple reports this week of Houston making a determined play for Bridges involving offers that would return a healthy measure of the draft capital that the Nets surrendered in their January 2021 trade to acquire James Harden. Word is that Brooklyn won’t yield on Bridges’ off-limits status even if the Rockets made Jalen Green part of the trade package.”

The Rockets are open to trading Green, who is averaging 18.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks this season while shooting 41.4% from the field, 32.5% from beyond the arc and 81.6% from the free-throw line.

Green was the second overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. He has the fifth-worst effective field goal percentage in the NBA this season.

Bridges, one of the top two-way players in the NBA, is averaging 21.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.4 blocks this season while shooting 45.5% from the floor, 36.9% from 3 and 82.5% from the free-throw line. He’s never missed a game since entering the league in 2018.

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Both the Rockets and Nets are under .500. Houston is 22-25, while Brooklyn is 19-28.

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