Houston trades Trevor Ariza and number 16 in the project on Wednesday night for Detroit for the future selection of the first round, say sources of Adrian Voynarovski from ESPN.
The deal gives Rockets – a hard-to-open team – the freedom to use their mid-level exception in a free agency.
The Rockets bought Detroit’s second round in 2021 – through the Lakers – for $ 4.6 million, ESPN sources said.
The Rockets had agreed to acquire Ariza and Portland No. 1
Ariza, 35, arrived with the Blazers in February as part of the Sacramento trade and began each of her 21 games for Portland, averaging 11 points, 4.8 rebounds and one steal. He shoots 49% of the floor, including 40% at 3 points. For his career, Ariza has averaged 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 16 seasons.