2 recent trades that bode well for the Rockets' chances of landing Scoot Henderson

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1. Celtics-Sixers trade involving Jayson Tatum and Markelle Fultz in 2017

The 2017 NBA Draft was headlined by Markelle Fultz, who was fresh off a 2016-17 season with the Washington Huskies in which he averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 assists, and 5.9 rebounds, earning "can't-miss" status. Fultz flashed elite athleticism, and an ability to score at-will, while also creating scoring opportunities for his teammates.

The Boston Celtics held the first pick in the draft, by way of the draft lottery, which hasn't been so kind to the Rockets, after landing the Brooklyn Nets' 2017 first-round pick in the deal that sent Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and Kevin Garnett to the Nets. The Nets went 20-62 and essentially won the lottery, which almost seemed unfair for a Celtics team that went 53-29 in 2016-17.

The Sixers held the third pick in the draft and sought to add Fultz to a core of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, with Simmons being selected first overall in 2016 and Embiid going third overall in 2014. The Sixers ultimately traded a future first-round pick in 2019 (number 14 exactly) to move up from number three to number one.

The pick eventually became Romeo Langford for the Celtics, and gave the Sixers their guy in Fultz, while the Celtics took Jayson Tatum. The Celtics clearly won this trade, as Tatum has been the best player in the entire draft class and recently made the All-NBA team, clearing the way for the C's to ink him to a supermax deal this summer.