It was steep fall for former UNLV forward Chris Wood on Thursday night, but it appears he’ll have an NBA team, as Adrian Wojnarowski reports that he will be headed to Houston.
Sources: UNLV forward Christian Wood – one of the highest-rated talents to go unselected – has agreed to a free agent deal with Houston.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2015
Wood was projected as a first round pick by mock drafts throughout the 2014-15 season. But during pre-draft workouts he began to slip down some mock drafts.
Wood is going to one of the most analytical-friendly teams in the NBA, as the Rockets love threes and layups. If Wood ends up in the D-League, he’ll be on a team that only shoots threes and layups.
It is unclear the actual extent of this deal, but it is a partially guaranteed deal, so it is more than just a Summer League signing. Houston will start its Summer League action on July 10 at the Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV.
As far as big man depth the Rockets have Dwight Howard and Donatas Motiejunas at the center spot, although Wood likely wouldn’t see minutes at the five unless in a super small lineup. At power forward Houston has Terrence Jones, Clint Capela and Kostas Papanikolau under contract. Josh Smith is an unrestricted free agent.
Wood put up 15.7 points and 10 rebounds for the Rebels last season and was one of the biggest surprises among the undrafted. Read more about Wood’s game and how it translates to the NBA here. Plus listen in to the most recent Towel Boys episode discussing the undrafted Wood.