AUGUST 7: The sign-and-trade deal with the Bulls is official, the Rockets announced in a press release, with Chicago getting cash considerations in return.
“Daniel is a versatile center who impacts both ends of the court,” Rockets general manager Rafael Stone said. “We’re looking forward to adding his skillset to our young core and giving Coach (Stephen) Silas even more flexibility with his lineups.”
Theis’ new four-year contract includes a 15% trade kicker, reports Michael Scotto of HoopsHype (via Twitter).
AUGUST 2: The Rockets will fortify their frontcourt by signing Daniel Theis to a four-year contract worth $36MM, his agents at CAA Basketball tell Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link).
Theis was frequently linked to Houston in the days leading up to free agency. As Tim MacMahon of ESPN notes (via Twitter), Houston’s plan is to work with the Bulls, Theis’ old team, to complete a sign-and-trade deal that would allow the Rockets to fit the center into their leftover trade exception from the Victor Oladipo trade.
That trade exception is worth about $8.2MM and could be used to sign Theis to a contract worth up to $35.6MM over four years. Taking that approach would preserve Houston’s mid-level exception for another signing (or multiple signings).
According to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle (Twitter link), the Rockets are expected to send cash to the Bulls to finalize the sign-and-trade.
Theis, 29, averaged a career-high 9.6 PPG in 2020/21 in 65 games (24.6 MPG) for Boston and Chicago. He also contributed 5.5 RPG and 0.9 BPG while shooting 54.1% from the floor and even launching the occasional three-pointer (32.2% on 2.3 attempts per game).
While Theis isn’t particularly dangerous on the offensive end, he’s a solid defender who will give the Rockets another reliable veteran in the frontcourt alongside Christian Wood.
32 thoughts on “Rockets Acquire Daniel Theis In Sign-And-Trade”
Nice get some minutes at the 4 HOU gonna be large n n charge
Yes I think this is a nice pickup. I like Daniel Theis’ game.
You still haven’t told us some real teams in the Ball article…
I see another name change in Wally name. How could he leave their best player out of the name. Theiswood greenporter jr
Budget Olynyk, but I like it. Tougher player, better defence and always tradable. Cool move.
Cheaper than Olynyk, but a much better defender. Theis won’t score as much as Olynyk will with the Pistons, but he will fit better in Houston.
Olynyk is actually a strong defender when at the 5, especially next to certain other defenders, but not important
Danny Ainge made a bad decision on this guy
There was no way Boston could resign Theis with their current salary structure and roster.
He’s a great player and has that team-first mindset that you love to have on a team, but Boston couldn’t afford him.
The Name Changer got smack about Noel getting 10 mill a yr. And these idiots give Theis 9 mill a yr.
You hiding again Homer. Use your other alias Silly
It’s hilarious how worked up some of y’all get about those guys lol
I doubt you understand me lol. I only make real points.
Funny when a knicks fan try’s to bash another team. You’re the angels of basketball
Good way to use the TPE from the Oladipo trade saving them from having to use the NT-MLE instead and getting hard-capped in the process. He can backup the 4 and 5.
Acquiring a player via sign-and-trade also creates a hard cap.
That’s right, oh well. Although it really shouldn’t matter since they’ll be about $19M under the luxury tax apron after signing the rookies.
There’s not a player or team in the NBA or Euro leagues. That takes Theis over Noel. Yet you are praising this signing and killing the other. You must go both ways lol. You got no integrity. But we all know that already since you are on your sixth name in two yrs.
Does this Board know Wood is considered a cancer in Houston. He’s not staying for a rebuild. So Rockets will have to move him next yr. His teammates dont like him. He’ll be traded by deadline. Cause next yr there won’t be a market for him. It’s all over Houston sports radio. Google Houston media, It’ll be a SEVENTH name soon. Too funny man. I doubt you live in Houston. Since you lie all the time. I got family in HTown. My cousin is a big Rocket fan. You’re just an agitator and troll. Have you been to Hardens restaurant lol.
I have seen Noel quite a bit and had my team face Theis face us quite a bit…I would take Theis over Noel easily. I like both guys, just think DT is better.
Theis has a nice all around game.
Lmao! Got off on that dude!
I pointed this out the other day, when he was reported to possibly going to Houston, and that was he will make an excellent rotation mate with Wood. Plus, they’ll both be some quality bigs for Sengun and Garuba to learn from..
Theis will provide quality depth at both PF and center giving them a solid defender in the second unit. Garuba should get some good advice from Theis on how to use the defensive skills he’s bringing with him from Spain in the NBA. Hopefully Sengun will also be able to improve his defense (which needs a lot of work) and learn some things from the veteran as well.
I feel like this is a bargain, and he also fits them really well. Big Theis fan. He defends pick and roll, protects the rim, can put the ball on the floor and playmake, playmake out of multiple areas of the floor, can be used in dribble handoff situations with Jalen Green and Kevin Porter that should be real weapons for them, knock down shots, plays above the rim as a catch and finisher on pick and rolls, sets good screens.
Theis Theis baby!
to cold, to cold
3 out of 4 rookies signed and now this, I like it. If they can bring the 4th first rounder to the states and sign him, I believe that’s plenty of big men. This is probably the biggest Rockets have been in a long time. Guards aren’t all that small either. If these Rookies and KPJ gel well, they can be up there competing for the 8th seed this year. That is if all play to their potential and Wood and/or Wall remain on the court throughout the season. Injuries to either of them, can knock the Rockets out of the playoff picture. I realize it’s too soon to think Rockets are going to be there at seasons end, but you can’t help but to be excited about KPJ, Green, Theis, Wood, Wall, Tate, and the other Rookies Rockets have this year. There is definitely plenty of depth at majority of the positions outside of a true center. They have 3 potential centers on this roster, but not a legit one. SG, PG, SF, and PF look pretty good with depth and talent
Rockets are a hot steaming mess
Only in the eyes of those who have no real knowledge of the NBA.
This team is flying under the radar right now, but once they start showing their vast improvement during the regular season the average/casual fans will start to take notice. Players like PJ Tucker, Daniel Theis, and Usman Garuba don’t look like much to casual fans like yourself, but those who understand the game recognize how important they are. Houston’s defense will be much better in 2022.
I’m a rockets fan and think you might be over rating the home team. Jaylen Green is the one bringing hope. None of these other guys except for wood have proven anything and Wood could just be the best player on a terrible team
If Eric Gordon stays healthy next season he will also contribute, and hopefully his 3-point shooting will be better than it has been lately.
They also have KJ Martin who played well his rookie season which gives them another reliable backup. David Nwaba and Danuel House provide even more dependable depth, something they sorely lacked last season.
So Bulls get Cash to pay that tampering fine? Lol
The Rockets have cash?? LOL