As part of the blockbuster sending James Harden to Brooklyn, the Houston Rockets host Victor Oladipo of Indiana, Dante Exum of Cleveland and Rodions Kuruch of the Nets.
As for rosters, this amounts to three players entering and only one exiting, which will put the rackets above the NBA limit. That way, someone else should make sure the trade is legal, and it looks like someone will be the 25-year-old big man Bruno Caboclo.
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets will abandon Caboclo on Thursday before finalizing trade.
Caboclo, who re-signed with Houston in the off-season, played only a cleanup after veteran center DeMarcus Cousins returned from quarantine. Between the cousins, starter Christian Wood and the smaller bands featuring Jae̵
In six appearances this season, Caboclo averaged 2.8 points (47.1% FG) and 2.3 rebounds in 6.0 minutes. His minimum wage would not be fully guaranteed until February 27, so the release of Caboclo also helps the Rockets stay below the hard wage limit and the luxury tax threshold.
An appropriate end to an era. The Rockets traded James Harden with Brooklyn in a deal with several teams, taking Oladipo and spades. (With an update for the next move on the list tomorrow.) Https://t.co/0aweTMXOMs
– Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 14, 2021