Rockets, Grizzlies Swap Jordan Bell, Bruno Caboclo

7:18pm: The trade is official, the Grizzlies and Rockets announced in a pair of press releases.

12:22pm: The Rockets have agreed to trade newly-acquired center Jordan Bell to the Grizzlies in exchange for Bruno Caboclo, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Grizzlies will receive a potential second-round pick swap as well, with Memphis having the choice to trade the least favorable of the Mavericks’ and Heat’s 2023 selections for Houston’s 2023 second-rounder as long as the Rockets’ pick isn’t No. 31 or 32, a source tells Wojnarowski (Twitter link).

Bell, 25, came to Houston in the four-team trade that was completed last night. He appeared in 27 games for the Timberwolves this season, averaging 3.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per night.

Caboclo, 24, was in his second season in Memphis, averaging 2.8 PPG and 2.0 RPG in 22 games. He was in training camp with Houston in 2018, but was waived before the start of the season.

The Rockets have been targeted Caboclo for a while and believed they had a good chance to acquire him on the day Gary Clark was waived last month, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle (Twitter link).

Both teams will generate trade exceptions for their outgoing players and add their incoming players under the minimum exception, tweets Jeff Siegel of Early Bird Rights. Bell is making $1,620,564 this season, while Caboclo earns $1,845,301.

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16 thoughts on “Rockets, Grizzlies Swap Jordan Bell, Bruno Caboclo

      • Nah, he was playing well at points. If he has an opportunity to play he’ll thrive but that isn’t happening in Houston

        • harden-westbrook-mvps

          Unless the Rockets add another center Bruno could become the backup center behind Tucker and get some pretty decent minutes there.

          • x%sure

            He is 6-9 and per 36′, avgs 8.2 reb & 2.3 blocks. I’m sure he could gain some weight. And he’s closer to Brazil!

  1. Skip, Tampa

    Like Bell, hope he turns it around with the Grizzlies. He was a Zero for Wolves. Maybe the same for Bruno.


    He was “five years away from being five years away” … five years ago … so that makes him?

  3. So much for the thought that Bell was carefully selected as the trade piece with Covington because of some magical fit he’d have with the Rockets system. Filler, as one not privy to that thought might have believed from the start.

  4. lambeau gang

    If I recall correctly, this would reunite Bell with Dillon Brooks who were teammates at Oregon.

    • illowa

      Now go claim amile jefferson and they’ll have a quarter of that blue devils championship team.

  5. Grimjac

    Perfect deep bench piece for the young Grizz. Tough, but knows his role. Will be the fifth big on a contending team.

  6. harden-westbrook-mvps

    It’s always fun watching the Rockets on national TV and how clueless the national media can be. Both Chuck and Webb were going on about how there was no way they could possibly win on the road against the Lakers and they won by 10.

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