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Former NBA draft top 5 involved in 8-man trade: report

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Several players, including a former top-five NBA draft pick, were reportedly involved in a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets.

It’s a player trade between the Thunder and Houston, per ESPN. Oklahoma City will send Derrick Favors, the third pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Ty Jerome, Moe Harkless, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick via the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke and Marquese. Chriss from Houston.

This decision also has to do with the ceiling situation of both teams. The Thunder now have two trade exceptions and $10 million more in cap, ESPN reported. The Rockets also got that second-round pick by accepting $1 million.

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David Nwaba #2 of the Houston Rockets poses for a portrait during NBA Media Day on September 27, 2022 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
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Favors are entering their 14th year in the league, and will now be their fifth team. The veteran center played with the Thunder for just one season in a depth role, playing 16.7 minutes and averaging 5.3 points with 4.7 rebounds in 39 games.

Harkless is another NBA journeyman, now joining his seventh team in what will be his 11th season. He played with the Sacramento Kings, averaging 4.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 47 games last year (24 starts).

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Nwaba has seen a minute drop with the Rockets, going from 22.6 in 2020-21 to 13.2 in 2021-22. He was lowered on the depth chart in part because of Jalen Green, the 2021 second overall pick for Houston, joining the team.

Burke was a former top 10 since the 2013 draft when he came out of Michigan. After three seasons with the Utah Jazz early in his career, he has since bounced back, playing for the Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers.

Maurice Harkless #4 of the Atlanta Hawks poses for a portrait during NBA Media Day on September 23, 2022 at PC&E Studio in Atlanta, Georgia.

Maurice Harkless #4 of the Atlanta Hawks poses for a portrait during NBA Media Day on September 23, 2022 at PC&E Studio in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Overall, this trade is just swapping depth pieces to better balance the respective rosters of two teams that continue to rebuild since their All-Stars moved elsewhere.

For the Thunder, it was the three-headed monster of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook who ended up parting ways with Oklahoma City to go to bigger cities better prepared to handle their stardom and financial responsibility. Westbrook was the last to stay at OKC before joining the Rockets to join Harden again.

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But that never worked out, with Harden seeking a trade two seasons ago with the Brooklyn Nets. He is now with the 76ers, aiming for that elusive NBA title race.

Houston is a newer rebuild, and they believe in Green as one of their showpieces. Jabari Smith Jr. was also just drafted while Kevin Porter Jr. played a solid point guard.

Derrick Favors #15 of the Oklahoma City Thunder poses for a portrait during NBA Media Day on September 26, 2022 at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK.

Derrick Favors #15 of the Oklahoma City Thunder poses for a portrait during NBA Media Day on September 26, 2022 at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK.
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As for Oklahoma City, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey are creating a fun backcourt to watch and get excited about going forward. Unfortunately for them, their first-round pick this year, Chet Holmgren, was ruled out for the season after a right foot injury required surgery.