Rockets Open To Moving Terrence Jones

February 20 2013 at 7:54am CDT By Luke Adams

The Rockets are exhibiting a willingness to move Terrence Jones in a deal that nets them a first-round pick, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter). According to Wojnarowski, Houston's depth at the forward spot contributes to the team's stance on Jones.

Jones, 20, has excelled during his D-League stints this year, averaging 18.4 PPG and 9.3 RPG for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but hasn't been able to crack the Rockets' rotation. He has appeared in only 11 games for Houston this season, averaging just over eight minutes per contest. The Rockets will also eventually have one more frontcourt player competing for playing time if Royce White has no further off-court setbacks.

Because Jones was the 18th overall pick in a 2012 draft that was considered fairly strong, I'd be surprised if the Rockets settled for a late-first-round pick in a weaker 2013 draft. Houston also still has enough assets that the club could explore packaging Jones as part of a larger deal, though GM Daryl Morey has indicated he isn't expecting to make any big moves this week.

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