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Rockets Trade a Boatload of Draft Picks for a Superstar, Wolves Add Young Players to Compliment Roster, Magic get Picks and Wood


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Rockets

Rockets

+1 player ($33.8m),
Cap Impact - $52K
  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, 6' 11", 2.84 LEBRON
    Stretch Big

    $33.8M

    2yrs

    18

+5  Wins

-26.63  MPG

+4.02  Off.

+1.08  Def.

Timberwolves

Timberwolves

+2 players ($33.9m) +3 picks,
Cap Impact + $66K
  • Markelle Fultz
    Markelle Fultz
    PG, 6' 3", 0.47 LEBRON
    Shot Creator

    $16.5M

    2yrs

    22
  • Jonathan Isaac
    Jonathan Isaac
    PF, 6' 11"

    $17.4M

    3yrs

    22
  • draft-pick-player

    2024 - Round 1

    via BKN
    11
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 1

    via BKN
    11
  • draft-pick-player

    2027 - Round 1

    via BKN
    11

-8  Wins

-33.46  MPG

-2.72  Off.

+0.36  Def.

Magic

Magic

+2 players ($33.9m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact - $14K
  • Christian Wood
    Christian Wood
    PF, 6' 10", -0.29 LEBRON
    Stretch Big

    $14.3M

    1yr

    11
  • Eric Gordon
    Eric Gordon
    SG, 6' 3", -1.98 LEBRON
    Secondary Ball Handler

    $19.5M

    2yrs

    11
  • draft-pick-player

    2023 - Round 1

    via MIL
    11
  • draft-pick-player

    2026 - Round 1

    via BKN
    11

+3  Wins

+60.09  MPG

-1.30  Off.

-1.44  Def.

With this deal, the Houston Rockets split up their outgoing draft capital between two teams.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves let a couple of picks slide to the Magic in exchange for two intriguing young players who complement Edwards. Fultz would make a great secondary ball-handler alongside the dynamic young scorer. Isaac is a slightly more complicated proposition.

If he’s healthy, he makes this a high value return. Unfortunately, that’s become a huge “if” at this point in his career.

When Isaac has been healthy, he’s flashed Defensive Player of the Year potential. It’s just that Isaac being healthy has become all-too-rare an occurrence.

Of course, it’s unlikely that the Wolves will make this deal. Moreover, it’s unlikely they’ll make any deal for Karl-Anthony Towns this summer.

They’ll likely continue to build an offense around him and Anthony Edwards. Furthermore, the Rockets probably won’t be interested in cutting their rebuild short to acquire a star until they’ve taken another trip or two to the lottery.


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