Earlier than Wednesday, the Rockets’ future belonged to the Thunder. Oklahoma Metropolis holds two first-round swap rights and two top-five protected picks by 2026, making it a parasite to Houston’s impending rebuild.
However by buying and selling James Harden to the Nets for a powerful draft return, the Rockets started to flee the nook that they had been boxed into. They could quickly have years with a number of lottery picks, a risk not on the desk earlier than the Harden blockbuster.
Houston by no means wished to lose its high participant, however below the circumstances, the deal was in all probability essential to kickstart a youth motion. The group additionally obtained Victor Oladipo on an expiring contract within the four-team Harden deal by flipping Caris LeVert to Indiana.
Here is what the Rockets need to work with by 2026.
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Rockets draft picks after James Harden commerce
Here is the whole checklist of future first-round draft picks now owned by the Rockets:
|12 months||First-round draft decide(s)|
|2021||Personal if inside high 4 or worst of order with MIA and OKC (with choice to swap with BKN) + DET decide if exterior high 16 + POR decide if exterior high 14|
|2022||Personal + DET decide if exterior high 16* + POR decide if exterior high 14* + BKN decide + MIL decide|
|2023||Personal with choice to swap with BKN + DET decide if exterior high 18* + POR if decide if exterior high 14* + WAS decide if exterior high 14|
|2024||Personal if inside high 5 + BKN decide + DET decide if exterior high 18* + POR decide if exterior high 14* + WAS decide if exterior high 12*|
|2025||Personal if inside high 10 with choice to swap with BKN + OKC decide if personal is exterior high 10 + DET decide if exterior high 13* + POR decide if exterior high 14* + WAS decide if exterior high 10*|
*No choice if decide beforehand conveyed
What draft picks did the Rockets get for James Harden?
The Rockets obtained Brooklyn’s 2022, 2024 and 2026 first-rounders, Milwaukee’s 2022 first-rounder (by way of Brooklyn) and 4 future decide swap choices with Brooklyn.