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Rockets Complete Trade with Oklahoma City

Posted: September 30, 2022 -- 5:58 p.m.

The Houston Rockets today announced they have traded Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss, and David Nwaba to Oklahoma City in exchange for Derrick Favors, Maurice Harkless, Ty Jerome, Théo Maledon [tay-oh mal-eh-DOAN], a 2026 second round pick, and cash considerations.

Favors (6'10", 265) was originally the third overall pick by the Nets in the 2010 NBA Draft. In 12 seasons, he has appeared in 790 games with 503 starts, while averaging 10.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.19 blocks in 24.3 minutes per game. Over the past two seasons, Favors joined JaVale McGee as the only players with at least 85 games played to have averaged at least 5.0 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game in fewer than 16.0 minutes per game.

Harkless (6'9", 220) was originally the 15th overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2012 NBA Draft and was recently acquired by the Thunder from Atlanta. In 10 seasons, he has appeared in 621 with 371 starts, while averaging 6.9 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game in 22.6 minutes per game. Harkless played at least 24 minutes (rounded) 29 times over the past two seasons, while averaging 9.0 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 1.4 assists per game, 1.41 steals per game and 0.90 blocks per game in those games.

Jerome (6'5", 195) was originally the 24th overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2019 NBA Draft. In three seasons, he has appeared in 112 games with five starts, while averaging 7.1 points per game, 2.4 assists per game and 1.9 rebounds per game in 17.1 minutes per game. Over the past two seasons, Jerome joined Lou Williams as the only players with at least 70 games played to have averaged at least 8.0 points per game and 2.0 assists per game in fewer than 20.0 minutes per game.

Maledon (6'5", 190) was originally the 34th overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2020 NBA Draft. In two seasons with the Thunder, the 21-year-old French native has appeared in 116 games with 56 starts, while averaging 8.8 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game and 2.9 assists per game in 23.2 minutes per game. Maledon played at least 20 minutes 21 times last season while averaging 12.6 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 3.4 assists per game, 1.00 steals per game and 1.5 3-pointers made in those games.

Nwaba originally signed as a free agent with Houston in June of 2020 and appeared in 76 games as a Rocket over the past two seasons. Brown, Burke, and Chriss were all acquired by Houston via a trade with Dallas in late June.


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