The Houston Rockets did about all they could in their trade with Christian Wood. Complaining about the compensation ignores the actual options in the situation.
The Houston Rockets were able to break the tedium leading up to the 2022 NBA Draft by making a trade that many people expected from the worst team in basketball last season.
Christian Wood was never long for this team. It is obvious that he is one of the best offensive big men in the league right now, but even his talent on that end of the court was not enough to keep him on this evolving roster.
It was nice to think about a lineup that put Alperen Sengun and Wood on the court at the same time, but Houston is getting younger, and Wood was extremely unlikely to stay on the roster after his contract came to a close at the end of next season.
Rather than holding onto Wood to win games in the immediate and then letting him walk for nothing, the Rockets saw this as the best chance to make a transition while also being able to get some compensation for a valuable commodity on the market.
Some fans aren't happy with only getting the 26th overall pick and a couple of cap stand-ins, but Houston made the right choice with this trade.
While it should seem like the team would be able to get more for a guy like Wood, the lack of much leverage on the side of the Rockets meant than any compensation was better than none.
Now, Houston gets another pick to give them some flexibility in the first round and have no excuse to keep Sengun on the bench any longer.
It might take some time before this deal fully pays off for the Rockets, but it was obviously the right decision.
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