NBA Trade Deadline: Taking a look at the biggest losers

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Houston Rockets

Moves Made: Daniel Theis to Boston for Dennis Schröder + Bruno Fernando + Enes Freedom

Let’s stay in Texas, shall we? The Rockets reportedly had a couple of offers of a late 1st round pick for Eric Gordon. If that was true and HOU decided against it, that was the wrong choice. If that was not the case and they were leaking misinformation without any benefits, that is a bad look.

Calling them deadline losers does not necessarily stem from that, however making that trade would likely have pushed them closer to neutral territory. It is not even about Christian Wood not being moved. Despite his lackluster character this season, you do not sell a younger player like that for 80 cents on the dollar.

I am calling them losers for the deal they did make at the deadline. Signing Daniel Theis to a four-year deal was a mistake in the first place, so getting off of it should have been a positive. But to take back Dennis? And have plans for him? This is a squad whose fans are already clamoring for more touches for Jalen Green, the No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft.

A team that has not played John Wall because of the “necessary development of their younger guards.” A franchise who has a viable talent in Daishen Nix in the G-League, who needs major league reps.

What are you thinking?