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Rockets and Thunder swing a 9 player trade

N.B. Lindberg
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The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a nine-player trade, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Rockets are sending David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, and Marquese Chriss to the Thunder and are receiving Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Moe Harkless, Theo Maledon, and a 2025 second-round pick via the Atlanta Hawks.

The deal was made primarily for cap sheet purposes. The Thunder added two trade exceptions and moved $10 million under the luxury tax. The Rockets only add $1 million in salary and net a second-round pick in the process. In essence, they spent $1 million to add another second-round pick.

Brown, Burke, and Chriss all arrived in Houston from Dallas via the Christian Wood trade. Nwaba was signed as a free agent by the Rockets after tearing his Achilles and being waived by the Nets. He only played in 76 games across two seasons with the franchise but provided a defensive spark.

Favors is a quality backup center and should maintain a trade market throughout the season. Jerome is a 6'5 shooting guard in the last year of his deal, and Maledon is a 6'4 point guard with a team option for next season. Both played sparingly for the Thunder last season.

Harkless has had a turbulent offseason. He was traded from Sacramento Kings to the Hawks as part of the Kevin Huerter trade on July 6th, then by the Hawks to the Thunder on September 27th, and now from the Thunder to the Rockets on September 29th.

The trade, however, does not alleviate the Rockets' looming roster crunch. With 20 players at training camp and only 15 spots for opening night, there's a real chance that Jerome, Harkless, and Maledon could be cut before the season tips off.

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