HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets today 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 last night’s NBA Draft, guard Sterling Brown, guard Trey Burke, forward Marquese Chriss, and center Boban Marjanović (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 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.00 spg. Washington set the Wildcats single-game school record with 17 assists vs. Georgia on Jan. 8.
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 ppg and 3.3 rpg in 16.8 mpg. He averaged career-highs of 8.2 ppg and 4.4 rpg 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 ppg, 3.1 apg and 1.8 rpg in 20.9 mpg. Dating back to 2017-18, he is the only player with more than three games played to have averaged at least 8.0 ppg and 2.0 apg in fewer than 17.0 mpg.
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 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 18.3 mpg. Dating back to 2019-20, he is one of four players to have averaged at least 7.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg in fewer than 17.0 mpg, joining DeMarcus Cousins, Willy Hernangómez, and JaVale McGee. Chriss appeared in 16 games as a Rocket in 2018-19.
Marjanović (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 ppg and 3.8 rpg in 9.2 mpg. Dating back to 2018-19, he is the only player to have averaged at least 6.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg in fewer than 12.0 mpg. Marjanović 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 ppg and 4.8 rpg his first four seasons.