Houston Rockets: The case for, and against, trading Christian Wood

Christian Wood #35 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images).
Christian Wood #35 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images). /
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Christian Wood #35 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images ) /

If you’ve been on the internet over the past couple of months, and have even a passing interest in the Houston Rockets, you’ve probably come across the question: should the Rockets trade Christian Wood?

Wood’s journey to being the best player on the worst team in the NBA last season was, to say the least, unorthodox. Undrafted, unappreciated and infamously dumped in 2015, nobody expected this man to boast averages of 21 points and 9.6 rebounds on a sterling 51.4-percent from the field and 37.4-percent from deep a mere six years later.

It’s inspiring and it’s been the brightest spot in a dark season for a spoiled Houston Rockets fan base. Yet, it’s entirely possible that Wood will find himself with a new address before the 2021-22 NBA season begins.

Even the acquisition of the number two pick in the NBA lottery brings little clarity. There are as many fans excited about a long, skilled, interchangeable Evan Mobley and Christian Wood frontcourt as there are those asking who guards Jokic in the 2024 Western Conference finals.

If you like Jalen Green, you may or may not think James Wiseman’s upside serves the squad more than Wood’s current abilities. And if you prefer Jalen Suggs…you might want to keep that to yourself online.

Like many frequently asked questions, there is no clear answer, and that’s exactly why we keep asking them. Let’s look at the case for, and against, the Houston Rockets trading Christian Wood this offseason.