The Houston Rockets, who many expect to be the most active team around the trade deadline this year (per usual) pulled off their first of several moves on Wednesday night, in a move that involved P.J. Tucker. The Rockets sent Tucker to the Milwaukee Bucks, along with Rodions Kurucs and Milwaukee’s 2022 first-round pick, in exchange for D.J. Augustin, D.J. Wilson, a 2023 first-round pick and the right to swap Houston’s 2021 second-round pick for Milwaukee’s 2021 first-round pick.
The main attraction in the trade is the draft capital, as the Rockets landed an additional first-round pick this season, while also replacing the 2022 pick they sent away for a 2023 pick. The only way the pick swap in this year’s draft becomes null and void is if the pick falls between the first pick and the ninth pick, but at 26 wins (tied for third-most in the league), it’s safe to say that the Rockets will be getting Milwaukee’s first-round pick in this year’s draft.
Why the Houston Rockets were wise to trade for DJ Augustin
The move was a win for both teams, as the Bucks land a proven postseason performer in Tucker, along with a gritty, tough-minded versatile defender. For the Rockets, they receive two potential contributors and more draft capital, which could become pivotal down the line, as it pertains to adding a star-level player, especially via trade.
But one of the less discussed pieces of the trade is the 33-year-old Augustin. Here are three reasons why Houston Rockets fans should be excited about the veteran guard.
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