The Houston Rockets have been among the worst teams in the NBA once again this season. As such, they could be a team that looks to become sellers at the trade deadline later this week, especially with several veterans on the current roster that will be intriguing to contenders.
One player that could be a valuable trade chip is forward Christian Wood, who’s emerged as a solid player over the past few seasons. Despite being fairly old relative to the core of the roster, it appears he’s wanting to stick around and play with the Rockets through their rebuild going forward.
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Wood wants to stay with the Rockets beyond the deadline.
The 26-year-old veteran was recently asked about being part of trade rumors leading up to the deadline and his thoughts on his future in Houston.
“This is my first year being in trade rumors,” Wood said. “I’m not really a fan of it. I’m committed to this organization, and I know they’re committed to me. I’ve given them everything. They’ve given me everything, too. I’m honored and blessed to be here. I’m really just waiting for this trade deadline to be over.”
Wood considers Houston his home and thinks very highly of the coaching staff and front office.
“This is my home. This is where I want to be,” said the forward. “I’ve told [Stephen] Silas and Tilman [Fertitta] and Pat [Fertitta] and Raf [Stone] and they have the same feeling about me.”
On the season, Wood is averaging 17.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest while shooting 37.1% from deep. A quality forward, he’ll certainly be someone teams are interested in around the league if the Rockets are willing to deal him.