Christian Wood C/PF
Both players on this list make a compelling case to stay on the roster for at least the 2022 season. But Christian Wood certainly brings more to the table as a trade candidate.
Wood is 26-years old, was generally healthy in 2021, and has established himself as a legitimate threat from three (.390 in 2021).
With the ability to play the four or the five, Wood was considered a legitimate trade candidate for the Rockets prior to the deadline, and it seems all the more likely that this notion picks up traction again in the coming months.
Wood is still a bit under-sized for a five and would probably be better off as the four for the Rockets, but this could work out well if Houston wants to pair him with Alperen Sengun.
This move would put Wood in a better position to capitalize on his shooting abilities and would allow Sengun to show a bit more of what he put on the court last season at a higher volume.
This move would also pair very well with with a draft pick like Jabari Smith; a day-one forward that would immediately solve Houston's size problems if used in the right way.
However, if the Rockets decide that they would rather bank on Jae'Sean Tate and Kenyon Martin at the three with one of the rookies at the four by the end of the season, Wood might just be stealing reps from a guy that needs time to learn if Sengun really is the future.
For what it's worth, Houston probably wants to hold onto Wood for the time being due to how well hit fits in with almost any of the draft picks and the guys on the current roster, but a perfect trade offer or a certain draft pick could send Wood straight to the trade block.