The Houston Rockets have signed Christian Wood to a 3-year $41 million contract in a sign and trade with the Detroit Pistons. Here’s what Wood brings to the Rockets.
The Houston Rockets have agreed to a three-year $41 million contract with free-agent center Christian Wood. The deal will be finalized in the coming days as a sign and trade with the Detroit Pistons.
The Rockets’ trade of Trevor Ariza and the 16th overall pick to the Pistons for a future first-round pick is expected to be included as a part of the sign and trade. The Rockets made an unsuccessful effort to acquire Wood last season through trade but never lost their determination to bring the fourth-year center into the fold.
Their aggressiveness targeting Wood is a welcome sight in an offseason where upheaval and pessimism have run rampant. Wood’s game perfectly fits how the Rockets want to play, while also papering over areas of weakness.
James Harden and Russell Westbrook may want out but a few pick and rolls with Wood should go a long way in changing their mind. The Rockets were able to snag their franchise center for $20 million less than it cost the Hawks to sign Danilo Gallinari.
When Christian Wood joins the Rockets it will be the sixth team he has played for in five NBA seasons. The center has persevered from the back of the bench to a coveted free agent.
Regardless of who lines up in the Rockets’ backcourt expect Wood to play an integral part for the offense. Here’s what Wood brings to the table and why he is a perfect fit for the Rockets.
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