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RUMOR: Heat making ‘persistent’ play for Christian Wood trade

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Houston Rockets big man Christian Wood has been garnering lots of interest around the Association ahead of the February 10th Trade Deadline. However, the team does seem very motivated to keep him around for the time being as part of their youth movement. That said, the Miami Heat have been talking to the Rockets about Wood, who would give them another dominant frontcourt figure alongside Bam Adebayo.

Via Kelly Iko of The Athletic:

The 26-year-old has been subject to interest around the league, and sources say the Miami Heat have been one of the more persistent teams in engaging with Houston on the versatile big man. But barring a blow-me-away offer, Wood should remain in Houston past the deadline, sources tell The Athletic. He’s averaging 17.5 points and a career-best 10.3 rebounds per game.

According to Iko, it doesn’t seem like it will become a reality for the Heat. Their current roster is rather strong and there’s been no indication that Miami is willing to part ways with any pieces which Houston would certainly want. A blow-me-away offer for the Rockets would likely include one of the youngsters in Tyler Herro or Duncan Robinson plus a bunch of draft picks. Maybe Robinson, but not a chance the Heat will part ways with Herro, who is in the midst of a career year.

The Rockets meanwhile are definitely a young team but Wood is in his late 20’s and is a veteran presence while offering tremendous production. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see if the Heat actually makes any type of offer.