NBA Rumors: Proposed Deal Would Send Christian Wood To Hornets For Washington, Jones, Plumlee & Draft Pick

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Houston Rockets center Christian Wood is one of the veteran big men who are frequently mentioned in various trade speculations. Since the departure of James Harden and Russell Westbrook from Space City, most people believe that the Rockets are better off trading Wood for assets that could help them speed up the rebuilding process.

In the past months, Wood has already been linked to title contenders that are in need of a frontcourt boost and rebuilding teams that want to speed up their timeline.

Christian Wood To Buzz City

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One of the young teams that could express strong interest in trading for Wood is the Charlotte Hornets. In a recent article, Brett Siegel of NBA Analysis Network came up with a hypothetical trade idea that would enable the Hornets to acquire Wood from the Rockets.

In the proposed trade scenario, the Hornets could be sending a package that includes PJ Washington, Kai Jones, Mason Plumlee, and a 2022 second-round pick to the Rockets in exchange for Wood. If the deal would push through, Siegel believes it would help both teams in filling up the needs to improve on their roster.

Christian Wood Could End Hornets' Playoff Drought

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Trading two talented prospects in Washington and Jones would undeniably be a tough decision for the Hornets, but it's the type of move that they should be willing to make if they are serious about ending their five-year playoff drought in the 2021-22 NBA season. Wood would be a major upgrade over Cody Zeller, Plumlee, and Jones at the Hornets' starting position.

Adding Wood to the core of LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, and Miles Bridges would undoubtedly make the Hornets a more competitive team in the Eastern Conference next year.

Christian Wood's On-Court Impact On Hornets

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Though he's yet to earn his first All-Star recognition, Wood would be an incredible addition to the Hornets. His potential arrival in Buzz City would help them improve their offensive and defensive efficiencies that ranked 23rd and 19th, respectively, in the league last season, per ESPN.

Wood would give the Hornets a very reliable scorer under the basket, a monster rebounder, a quality rim protector, and a decent floor-spacer. Last season, the 25-year-old center averaged 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks while shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN.

Why The Rockets Would Make The Trade

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The proposed trade deal should be a no-brainer for the Rockets, especially if they intend to undergo a full-scale rebuild and focus on the development of their young players. By sending Wood to Buzz City, the Rockets would be acquiring two younger big men in Washington, a former No. 12 pick, and Jones, the 19th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Compared to Wood, Washington and Jones are better fitted with the timeline of Jalen Green, whom the Rockets selected as the second overall pick this year. The Rockets could try moving Plumlee in a separate deal to acquire more future draft assets, while the 2022 second-round pick could be used to find takers for John Wall and his massive salary.