The expected arrival of Paolo Banchero could have a huge impact on the future of Christian Wood, who enters the final year of his contract at $14.3 million. Rival executives who spoke with HoopsHype expect the Rockets to assess the trade market on Wood’s value this summer. Houston must decide whether Wood, who turns 27 in September, will be a long-term member of the core or will be traded for future assets who may better align with Jalen Green and potentially Banchero.
Source: Michael Scotto @HoopsHype
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Story: Rival executives expect the Houston Rockets to assess the trade market on Christian Wood this summer, with Paolo Banchero expected to be third overall at Houston in the NBA draft. More in our new global dummy draft at @Jorge Sierra. hoopshype.com/lists/aggregate… – 12:26 p.m.
Christian Wood on the repechage: “A lot of talent, I have a lot of favourites.” Wood said he was not asked for his opinion on the project – 6:39 p.m.
Christian Wood says he’s in town spending time with his teammates to “restore the chemistry to where it was”. He spent most of the offseason in Los Angeles and spent time with Jalen Green, Jae’Sean Tate, Josh Christopher, KJ Martin and Kevin Porter Jr – 6:28 p.m.
If he’s had any talks with the Rockets about a contract extension, Christian Wood said, “We had a conversation.” – 6:09 p.m.
More on this scenario
The Lakers continue to report – at least for now with three months to go before training camp opens – that they don’t want to force a Russell Westbrook trade that costs them additional assets. -Going through marcstein.substack.com / Jun 10, 2022 Regarding the long-held notion that Westbrook could be traded again for Houston’s John Wall, as the two would earn nearly identical salaries of $47 million next season, a source familiar with the situation told me this week that Houston’s interest has always been based on the Lakers, including the proposed compensation package to sweeten the deal, which LA adamantly refuses to do. -Going through marcstein.substack.com / Jun 10, 2022 A rare NBA Draft rumble from your infamously shy correspondent: Sacramento and Portland are expected to seriously consider trading the No. 4 and No. 7 overall picks, respectively, if they can cook up attractive win-now trades. And now I’m told Washington is another top-10 team (10th overall) considering the same possibility. -Going through marcstein.substack.com / June 10, 2022