Rockets’ Christian Wood confident as 2nd option for James Harden. Is he hinting at Russell Westbrook trade?
New Houston Rockets big man Christian Wood thinks he can be a good second option for James Harden, causing some to speculate if the high-flyer knows something about a possible Russell Westbrook trade.
Westbrook, like Harden, has reportedly requested a trade from the Rockets.
Houston is holding out hope that Harden changes his mind about his trade request, while the team is having trouble finding a trade market for Westbrook.
Christian Wood says he thinks he can be a “good second option” for the Rockets as a complement to James Harden, who he played some pickup games with this offseason. Wood said “there’s no concern” for him regarding uncertainty with futures Harden and Russell Westbrook in Houston.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 25, 2020
If the Rockets start the 2020-21 season with both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on the team, Christian Wood is going to be the third option on offense–not the second.
With the Detroit Pistons in 2019-20, Wood averaged 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game while shooting 56.7 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free-throw line. He was acquired by Clutch City in a sign-and-trade deal with Detroit.
The Rockets, who lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 Western Conference Semifinals in five games, have a new head coach and general manager after Mike D’Antoni and Daryl Morey left the franchise. There’s a lot of uncertainty in Houston right now, as no one knows if Westbrook or Harden are going to be on the team once training camp starts.
The 2020-21 season begins on Dec. 22, so training camp is almost here. It’s going to be very interesting to see what the Rockets do with Harden and Westbrook.