Houston Rockets: 3 trades to land Cade Cunningham in the NBA Draft

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If the Rockets want to land Cade Cunningham, they’re going to need to get creative. The Pistons know how good he is and the only way they’re going to give him up is if they receive an absolute haul and the 2nd, 14th, and 23rd picks are nothing short of that. 

For the Rockets to land the 14th pick they’re going to need to do business with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are a win-now franchise and own the 7th and 14th picks in the draft. The Rockets' only player that could see them net those picks is Christian Wood. 

Wood is a borderline All-Star and would fit perfectly next to Draymond Green in Golden State’s frontcourt. Sending him to the Warriors, along with Eric Gordon, for the 7th and 14th picks might cause the Rockets to take a step back in 2021, but it would get their rebuild going in the right direction. 

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The Rockets would have an exciting young core built around Cunningham, Kevin Porter Jr, Jae’Sean Tate, and whoever they select with the 7th pick. Add in the fact that Andrew Wiggins would come to Houston to match salaries and suddenly the Rockets youth movement is on the fast track. 

Moving Christian Wood would be a big decision, but so is moving up to land Cunningham. If the Rockets believe in Cunningham enough to move up then they shouldn’t have any trepidations about moving Wood, especially if it lands them the 7th pick as well. 

The little bonus about this trade is that it would also allow the Rockets to send the 2nd and 7th pick to Detroit if necessary. Obviously, the Rockets would prefer to have the 1st and 7th pick, but entering a draft with the 1st, 14th, 23rd, and 24th picks is hardly a bad position to be in for a rebuilding club.