Several players, including one of the top five NBA draft picks, were reportedly involved in a trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets.
It’s a player trade between the Thunder and Houston, according to ESPN. Oklahoma City will send Derrick Favors, the third overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Ty Jerome, Moe Harkless, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick via the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke and Marquese. Chris from Houston.
The move also has to do with the salary cap situation of both teams. The Thunder now have two trade exceptions and $10 million more in cap space, ESPN reported. The Rockets also got that second-round pick by accepting $1 million.
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Favors is entering his 14th year in the league, and this will now be his fifth team. The veteran center played with the Thunder for just one season in a depth role, playing 16.7 minutes and averaging 5.3 points with 4.7 rebounds in 39 games.
Harkless is another journeyman in the NBA, now joining his seventh team in what will be his eleventh season. He played for the Sacramento Kings, averaging 4.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 47 games last year (24 starts).
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Nwaba saw a decline in minutes with the Rockets, going from 22.6 in 2020-21 to 13.2 in 2021-22. He was moved down the depth chart in part because Jalen Green, the 2021 second overall pick for Houston, joined the team.
Burke was a former top 10 pick dating back to the 2013 Draft when he came out of Michigan. After three seasons with the Utah Jazz early in his career, he has since bounced back, playing for the Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers.
Overall, this trade is just swapping pieces of depth to better balance the respective rosters of two teams that continue to rebuild since their All-Stars went elsewhere.
For the Thunder, it was the three-headed monster of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook who ended up parting ways with Oklahoma City for bigger cities better equipped to handle his stardom and financial responsibility. Westbrook was the last to stay in OKC before leaving for the Rockets to join Harden once again.
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But that never worked out, as Harden sought a trade two seasons ago with the Brooklyn Nets. He is now with the 76ers, aiming for that elusive NBA title run.
Houston is a more recent rebuild, and they believe in Green as one of their key pieces. Jabari Smith Jr. was also recently drafted, while Kevin Porter Jr. has played like a solid point guard.
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As for Oklahoma City, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey create a fun backcourt to watch and get excited about for the future. Unfortunately for them, however, their first-round pick this year, Chet Holmgren, was ruled out for the season after an injury to his right foot required surgery.