There are have been rumour’s that the Golden State Warriors are possibly interested in trading for 26-year-old Center Christian Wood.
The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors have been on a very similar skill level over the last 10 years. Though this season the Warriors are currently 1st in the Western Conference (23-5) and the Rockets are 13th in the Western Conference (9-18). Safe to say a lot has changed.
Houston is ultimately a rebuilding team as of right now and are looking to trade for older players for picks and draft capital whereas the Warriors are a contending team led by Superstar Steph Curry and they are actively looking for a center. Kevin Looney is just not good enough right now to fill the role of a starting center on a contending team. So here is my mock trade:
Golden State Warriors Recieve:
Houston Rockets Receive:
Let’s be honest the Warriors say that they want to keep Wiseman and their young players such as Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga but they should utilize these as trade pieces because Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are all ageing so if they want to win they should trade look to trade for more current talent.
GSW would benefit from getting Christian Wood. Wood is an All-Star calibre center averaging 16.5ppg and 11.1rpg. Wood can shoot the 3 ball which works perfectly with Steve Kerr’s coaching system. He ranks 8th in rebounds per game (11.1) and is a very underrated defender. Wood can defend well down low but what people don’t notice is that he is one of the best Centers when defending the perimeter. Along with that Wood will bring versatility and length to this Warriors squad. If GSW does get Wood then that will be the difference between Champion favourites and Contenders.
What is the advantage for the Rockets you may ask? Well, they get not 1 but 2 young talented players who fit Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr’s timeline perfectly. This would simply boost Houston’s rebuild astronomically. They must move on from their Veterans and trade for young pieces to develop and eventually (if everything goes well) turn the team into contenders.