Houston Rockets trade value rankings #12-10: TyTy Washington Jr., Bruno Fernando, Garrison Mathews
TyTy Washington came in 12th, primarily because of how little he has played. However, when he has, he hasn’t produced much. His 3.2 points per game on 34.8% shooting is concerning and why he scored a 0 on current production.
For potential production, Washington scored a 2 (potential starter) because of his collegiate and G-League production. It’s unlikely he’s ever an impact starter, but he could be a steady table setter at his peak. Washington, as the 29th overall pick, is making $2.2 million this season and has one more guaranteed season before two team options. If he’s able to approach being a solid rotation piece, his current deal will grade as a good contract.
Washington’s trade value score of 1.2 could rise or fall depending on how he finishes the season. Right now, having him above both Christopher and Nix seems about right.
Garrison Mathews and Bruno Fernando tied with a 1.3 trade value rating. I graded them as rotation players for current and potential production (1). Mathews is a strong floor spacer that is exceptional at drawing both shooting and offensive fouls. Unfortunately, that’s all Mathews brings to the table.
Fernando is a low-end backup center. He can do all of the centery duties; screen, rim run, and block shots, but that’s about it. He’ll flash some impressive moments, but he is inconsistent in his decision-making on both ends of the floor.
Mathews and Fernando are relatively maxed out as players. They’re not part of the future core, but they’re the types of players the Rockets will need when they’re competitive again.
Their most appealing traits are their salaries, which were both graded as good contracts (4). Fernando makes $2.7 million this season and has two more years on his deal before a 2025-26 team option. Mathews makes even less, earning $2 million this season and next before a $2.2 million team option for 2024-25. A backup center for under $3 million throughout their prime and a floor spacer for under $2.5 million are beneficial contracts when your roster starts to get expensive.
Teams on the playoff bubble with a hole at center or in need of another bench shooter would find the most use for Mathews and Fernando. Any contender would love to have either, but more as 11th and 12th men, not 8th and 9th.