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3 Goals for the Houston Rockets at the Trade Deadline

Jose Rohdin
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2. Listen to any Christian Wood offer

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Over the last two seasons, Christian Wood has easily been the best player on the Rockets. He has averaged 19.2 points and 10 rebounds, leading the team in both of those stats for players who played over 25 games.

The Rockets took a chance on Wood, offering him three years $41 million after he had only averaged 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 16.2 minutes before joining the Rockets. Wood had the tools to be a top-level big man, and he has lived up to that so far in his time with the Rockets.

At just 26 years old, Wood could fit perfectly into the Rockets' long-term plans as they rebuild. With only one more year on his deal, that does become a little more uncertain. Wood could re-sign with the Rockets at 28 years old to continue the rebuild and help the Rockets be competitive or leave to join a team that's looking to win right away.

Wood might not be on the trade market, but the Rockets should definitely keep their ears open. If a team wants to offer up a massive trade package, maybe two first-round draft picks, the Rockets need to at least think about it. It is unclear if Wood wants to re-sign with the Rockets and could walk for free, but he also has the highest trade value of his career on a cheap deal.

The Rockets should want to keep Wood, even though he sometimes lacks on defense. But the Rockets should keep an open mind because a trade could come that could be more beneficial for the Rockets' future than Wood is right now.

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