Southwest Notes: Adams, Cousins, Wood, Haliburton, Covington

The Thunder are trading center Steven Adams to the Pelicans and it isn’t the first time New Orleans tried to make that happen, ESPN’s Royce Young tweets. The Pelicans pursued an Adams trade last offseason when the Thunder shook up their roster by trading Paul George and Russell Westbrook but the teams couldn’t work out an agreement at that time.

We have more news from the Southwest Division:

  • A workout on Monday convinced the Rockets to sign DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports tweets. Cousins’ workout squelched any concerns about Cousins’ health, Haynes adds. Cousins agreed to a non-guaranteed one-year deal.
  • The acquisition of Christian Wood should have a major impact on the retooled Rockets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle writes. Wood, who’s headed to Houston on a sign-and-trade, should provide elite production in pick-and-rolls with two star play-makers setting him up. Wood’s perimeter shooting will facilitate the Rockets’ small lineups by provide spacing for Westbrook with his ability to attack closeouts off the dribble and finish, Feigen adds.
  • The Mavericks tried to trade up in the draft to land guard Tyrese Haliburton, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe (hat tip to RealGM). Dallas attempted to trade multiple picks to lottery teams in the 7-11 range to make that move. Haliburton was ultimately selected at No. 12 by the Kings. The Mavs also tried to work out a deal with the Rockets for small forward Robert Covington, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, but Houston instead chose to deal him to the Trail Blazers.
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25 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Adams, Cousins, Wood, Haliburton, Covington

  1. OrienGreene

    Pelicans have to be the hardest team to get a read on. If William explodes, this is a tough team.

    • Little_Dunker_45

      Yeah between zion, lonzo, BI – ultimate high ceiling low floor team. Hope they are finding some time to play together this offseason and more importantly staying in shape…

      • Sports guy 2005

        It’s the David Griffin special. Acquire a bunch of blue chip prospects together and swing for fences on the trade front. They did this in Cleveland with Kyrie, Dion, and that horrible Anthony Bennett pick. Also had Wiggins in the bag if LBJ didn’t join.

        • andremets

          The Cavs landed the #1 pick overall 3 out of 4 years and still needed Lebron to come back to BARELY beat the Warriors for ONE championship. That sounds a lot more like pure luck than some master strategy.

          • goastros123

            There is no BARELY when it comes to winning a series after being down 3-1.

  2. Sillivan

    Rockets get worse
    1 Covington is better defender than Wood
    2 Tucker and Gordon is one year older

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      No matter what they do everyone is going to say they got worse, even though the addressed the biggest weakness on the team by adding two very good centers to their roster. Wait and see.

      • Simmons>Russ

        But are either centres better than Clint Capela who they originally had? No.

        I mean Cousins in his prime was a beast but that was ages again and it’s pretty unlikely he reaches that level. I really hope he does come back strong but I can’t see it with both ball hog Harden and ball hog Russ on the team.

        Anyway I’d be happy if Cousins stays fit, puts up something like 12-7-2 and then signs elsewhere like Dallas or whoever.

        • harden-westbrook-mvps

          That’s a very difficult things to ascertain. Sure Capela is better, but was he a better fit in Houston? Both Wood and Cousins are capable of spacing out the offense with their 3-point shooting, something that Capela was completely incapable of. So he may be a better center (when healthy), but between the two of them Wood and Cousins should do a better job of doing what the Rockets need from the center position.

            • harden-westbrook-mvps

              He made about 36% of his threes in New Orleans, so even though you were being sarcastic, he is a good outside shooter for someone his size. And defenders will have to cover him at the 3-point line since he will be getting a ton of wide-open looks if they don’t.

          • buttholesurfer69 2

            not sure cousins is going have ppl running him off the 3 pt line

            also not sure he’s staying on the floor over 10mpg

            the guy was a liability on d when he was putting up 25&10. 5 years 2 achilles injuries later i think the jury’s out

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    NO has to get with Zion on his weight. He was overweight last yr. Not a good sign. Needs a chef and change of diet. His body won’t last at 285 LBs. He was closer to 300 LBs in bubble. His game is not built for his weight. He should get to 265lbs tops. Hate to see him have a short career.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      And they both started their NBA careers in Sacramento.

      Hopefully Bogdan can go to a contender like Boogie did.

        • whoneedsfacts

          Lay off the guy. He’s actually being more sensible about it, and they were actually good moves by the Rockets they are a better team than last year and if Cousins pans out a much better team. I’m not even a little bit a Rocket fan, but hating just to hate is stupid.

          • x_burner_X

            Rockets fans who also root for jouston asterisks is a special case tho. No mercy for cheaters

            • harden-westbrook-mvps

              That’s not the case, is it? I rarely even post on the baseball forum. The hate here is something else, personal hate for both Harden and Westbrook plus the Rockets organization in general. People hate winners, and the Rockets are the only team to reach the NBA playoffs for the last eight years in a row.

            • CastielStrife

              Two different sports, dude… Get over it for crying out loud. Also, even if we do root for the Astros doesn’t mean we condone what they did. Are you just going to stop rooting for your team if it turns out they cheated? Very seriously doubt that.

  4. Simmons>Russ

    So biggest names left on the market Hassan Whiteside and Reggie Jackson.

    Both proven starters in the league but both with their own issues. Who gets who?

    I’d like to see Whiteside with either Chicago or Washington. In Chicago he could teach Carter Jr and Markeneen to toughen up and be affective off the bench. In Washington he probably overtakes Robin Lopez and would be a solid starter with Beal and Wall. Would put up really nice numbers.

    As for Reggie, he could be good in a number of places as a back up such as GSW, Houston, Clippers or Washington but if he wants a possible chance at starting maybe Dallas or Chicago.
    In Dallas he could have a chance at being the backcourt partner to Doncic, Reggie has improved a lot as a floor spacer and he could play make while Doncic is on the bench. In Chicago he could have an opportunity behind Coby White and in decent minutes could possibly take a starting role.

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