The Rockets just won’t stop trading, having reportedly completing their sixth deal of the day. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (via Twitter), Houston is sending cash and a 2018 second-round pick to the Sixers in exchange for Shawn Long.
An undrafted free agent out of Louisiana-Lafayette, Long appeared in 18 games for the Sixers in his rookie season, and was productive in limited minutes. The 6’9″ center averaged 8.2 PPG and 4.7 RPG in just 13.0 minutes per contest. He was even better in the G League, averaging a double-double (20.2 PPG, 11.1 RPG) in 39 games for the Delaware 87ers.
It’s not clear yet what the Rockets have in mind for Long, whose 2017/18 salary is non-guaranteed. A handful of the players acquired by Houston today will be immediately flipped and included in the club’s trade with the Clippers for Chris Paul, but not all of them will be part of that deal. It’s possible that Daryl Morey and the Rockets have another move up their sleeves.