The Houston Rockets 2020-21 season, to say the least, was a weird, trying, and at times disastrous season for the franchise. As I have discussed several times when you are one of, if not the worst team in the league, there are usually not many positives you can take from a season like this.
One of the few positives from the Rockets’ disastrous season was the play of Christian Wood, who was signed by the Rockets in this past offseason. Wood signed a team-friendly three-year $41 million dollar contract, which is a bargain considering Wood’s potential and was one of the few good developments this year.
Even with all the turmoil and roster turnover Wood was well on his way to a potential All-Star appearance before an ankle injury derailed his and the Rockets’ season. When Wood came back, the Rockets were out of the playoff picture and suddenly the Rockets’ lone success story had suddenly become a problem.
So you may ask, what is the problem? The problem is that a growing part of the Rockets fan base thinks that trading Wood this off-season would benefit the Rockets. Some believe that at 25 he doesn’t fit the Rockets youth timeline and others think he isn’t a franchise player, which is why they view trading him for picks as the best way for the Rockets to bring in a franchise cornerstone.
When looking at the current Rockets, it is fair to ask if a cornerstone player is on the roster. However, the only way to know if one of those players is currently on the roster is to be patient.
I know Rockets fans are not used to this level of losing. It had almost been a decade since the Rockets last missed the playoffs, but in Wood, you have a player who already is a potential All-Star and hasn’t even reached his peak. These are 3 reasons why trading Christian Wood would be a huge mistake.