Here is the projected rotation for the Rockets after trading James Harden
The Houston Rockets traded NBA MVP James Harden in a blockbuster deal in 2018. But what will the new version of this team look like?
Under first year head coach Stephen Silas, Houston will face John Wall and Christian Wood. They will also include two-time NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo, who was also acquired by the Indiana Pacers.
Overall, this move was focused more on the future than the present as the Rockets landed a total of four unprotected first-round players and four unprotected pick swaps.
There was an immediate financial impact too, considering that Houston, as our own Yossi Gozlan noted, rose from $ 5.2 million above the luxury tax to $ 3.7 million below the tax. Houston can also generate an exception for traded players worth $ 10.7 million if this list is to be further optimized per Gozlan.
But below is what the rotation looks like for the Rockets after swapping out their longtime superstar:
January 2, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; John Wall # 1 of the Houston Rockets controls the ball during the fourth quarter of a game against the Sacramento Kings at the Toyota Center on January 2, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
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John Wall Eric Gordon Dante Exum Mason Jones (Two Way) After the Houston Rockets traded away Russell Westbrook in the off-season, they landed five-time Washington Wizards all-star John Wall. Wall, who injured his left heel and Achilles tendon, has looked much better than expected for the Rockets this season. He had shared primary responsibility for the ball handler with Harden prior to the blockbuster deal. Houston is going to need someone to carry out the crime when Wall isn't on the ground. While they might sign someone, Eric Gordon is making the best of the players currently on their roster. Gordon has left the bench for the Rockets in all but one game this season and has proven himself off the bench as a spark plug shooter. Dante Exum is currently injured but he will deserve some of those minutes when he returns. Victor Oladipo and David Nwaba both have experience in ball game.
December 31, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers security guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots the ball over Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (16) in the second quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Victor Oladipo David Nwaba Ben McLemore Brodric Thomas (Two Way) The most surprising part of this deal was the Rockets moving the big names they were getting from Brooklyn to other teams. Instead of seeing what they could get out of Caris LeVert, they went big game hunting to land Victor Oladipo. While he's been All-Star twice, he's missed most of his last two NBA seasons. Given that the Rockets have chosen a future first-class classic instead of Jarrett Allen, Houston management may be making financially oriented decisions at this point. This has led to some speculation that the missiles might actually flip Oladipo, who is currently in the final year of his contract as well. Either way, Nwaba and Ben McLemore should expect a little more playing time than before.
September 6, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. (4) dribbles the ball in the first half of the second round game of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena against the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Danuel House Sterling Brown Kenyon Martin Jr. As of now, the wing rotation for the missiles remains largely unchanged. Nwaba and House have played the most minutes of the three for Houston so far. House has started in all four games he has played this season. He is an offensive, low-stakes player who can give in to more of the higher performing players who surround him. In the meantime, Sterling Brown will continue to get minutes from the bank.
PORTLAND, OREGON - DECEMBER 26: P. J. Tucker # 17 of the Houston Rockets reacts after being challenged to a foul against the Portland Trail Blazers during the third quarter at the Moda Center on December 26, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, they are agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement.
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PJ Tucker Jaes Sean Tate Rodions Kurucs While the Rockets have been experimenting with PJ Tucker for the past five years, the 6-foot-6 veteran has returned to his more natural performance this year. Houston also gave more than 20 minutes per game to rookie Jae'Sean Tate, who won the All-NBL 1st Team in Australia last season. Rodions Kurucs, who was elected in the second round in 2018, has not yet played this season as he has recovered from an ankle sprain. Bruno Caboclo has a non-guaranteed contract so he will likely forego making room for the most recent additions.
December 28, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Houston Rockets striker Christian Wood (35) kicks the ball against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena in the fourth quarter.
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Christian Wood DeMarcus Cousins One of the most interesting stories of the year is the making of the great man Christian Wood. The 25-year-old already seems to be the early favorite for the NBA's most improved player. He averages 22.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. DeMarcus Cousins didn't have much game time on the forecourt, averaging just 13.4 minutes per game since joining the Rockets. Tucker will probably have about five more time, similar to last year when Wood was off the floor. [Lawrence-related ID = 1440087]
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