REPORT: Houston Rockets trade Chinanu Onuaku to Mavs for cash
The Houston Rockets are making moves this offseason in order to remain atop the Western Conference as the Golden State Warriors’ most fierce competition. Naturally, they’ve needed to make some roster moves since losing both Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency, but they’re already in line to sign star forward Carmelo Anthony and they’ve just made another move.
Houston has traded center Chinanu Onuaku to the Dallas Mavericks for cash, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 1, 2018
According to Bobby Marks of ESPN, the move allows the Rockets to create a trade exception worth approximately $1.54 million. Dallas had $2.5 million in cap space, and added the 37th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Houston will create a $1.54M (+$100K) trade exception by sending the expiring contract of Chinanu Onuaku to Dallas. The Mavericks had $2.5M in room to acquire the former second-round pick. The Rockets now have 10 guaranteed contracts and 3 with… https://t.co/xkSljjBV2v
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) August 1, 2018
The trade exception could prove valuable for the Rockets, as they could take in a player of that salary using the exception.
Houston is gearing up for what will likely be another run for (at least) the Western Conference Finals, and their roster isn’t set yet. In addition to this trade and the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony, the Rockets are expected to go out and sign a wing player who can play ‘passable defense,’ according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
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