1. The move could help facilitate a roster upgrade
Another reason why the Rockets should play Wood at forward is because it could lead to another roster upgrade, which presents more of a cause-and-effect situation. Moving Cousins into the starting position opens up the need for another center on the roster.
As currently constructed, there isn’t much room for another center unless if Cousins is hurt, and then the Rockets would be left without any other option. With Cousins in the starting lineup, the Rockets could cut Bruno Caboclo and bring in a backup center like Taj Gibson or even Ian Mahinmi.
Both players can give solid minutes at the backup center position or start a game or two, when the Rockets are in a pinch and short-handed. Unfortunately, Caboclo has not provided the type of spark that the Rockets were hoping for and has been more of a negative on both ends of the floor instead of a positive.
As we all know, the Wood experience has been a success so far through two games. Wood has given the Houston Rockets something they have not had since trading for Harden, which has been a young player with All-Star potential that is still improving year after year.
With that being said, the Rockets don’t want to stunt Wood’s growth by playing him out of position. The Rockets are more versatile this year, which means Wood should be at the power forward position sooner rather than later.