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Rockets Complete Trades with Dallas and Minnesota
Posted: June 24, 2022 -- 11:53 a.m.
Friday morning, the Houston Rockets announced they have traded center Christian Wood to Dallas in exchange for the rights to swingman Wendell Moore Jr., who was selected with the 26th overall pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft, guard Sterling Brown, guard Trey Burke, forward Marquese Chriss, and center Boban Marjanovic (BO-bahn Mar-YAWN-oh-vich).
The Rockets then traded Moore's rights to Minnesota in exchange for the rights to guard TyTy Washington Jr., who was selected 29th overall in the 2022 NBA Draft, and two future second round picks. Washington was originally drafted by Memphis before his rights were acquired by the Timberwolves.
Washington (6'3", 197) was an early entry candidate following his freshman season at Kentucky. He averaged 12.5 points, 3.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting nearly 50% from inside-the-arc. Dating back to 1992-93, Washington joined John Wall, De'Aaron Fox, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the only Kentucky freshmen to have averaged at least 12.0 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, 3.0 assists per game and 1.00 steals per game. Washington set the Wildcats single-game school record with 17 assists vs. Georgia on January 8.
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Brown (6'5", 219) was the 46th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and has appeared in 264 career games while averaging 5.4 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game in 16.8 minutes per game. Brown averaged career-highs of 8.2 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game for Houston in 2020-21, while also shooting a career-best 42.3% from 3-point range.
Burke (6'0", 185) was the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and has appeared in 498 career games with 130 starts while averaging 9.6 points per game, 3.1 assists per game and 1.8 rebounds per game in 20.9 minutes per game. Dating back to 2017-18, he is the only player with more than three games played to have averaged at least 8.0 points per game and 2.0 assists per game in fewer than 17.0 minutes per game.
Chriss (6'9", 240) was the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and has appeared in 292 career games with 147 starts while averaging 7.6 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game in 18.3 minutes per game. Dating back to 2019-20, he is one of four players to have averaged at least 7.0 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game in fewer than 17.0 minutes per game, joining DeMarcus Cousins, Willy Hernangómez, and JaVale McGee. Chriss appeared in 16 games as a Rocket in 2018-19.
Marjanovic (7'4", 290) made his NBA debut in 2015-16 after beginning his career overseas and has since appeared in 286 games with 25 starts while averaging 5.9 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game in 9.2 minutes per game. Dating back to 2018-19, he is the only player to have averaged at least 6.0 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game in fewer than 12.0 minutes per game. Marjanovic was the second-tallest player in the league last season and was an actor in “John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum” and Adam Sandler's recent basketball-themed movie “Hustle.”
Wood was acquired by Houston in November of 2020 and averaged 19.1 points and 9.9 rebounds over the past two seasons as a Rocket after averaging 9.5 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game his first four seasons.
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