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RUMOR: The key piece Heat could trade to Rockets for Christian Wood

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The Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline is quickly approaching, which means lots of potential deals are being discussed between a number of teams across the Association.

The Miami Heat, meanwhile, are interested in trading for Houston Rockets big man Christian Wood, and it has been revealed who they may be willing to part ways with in a potential trade: Sharpshooter Duncan Robinson. However, Houston apparently wants a lot more for Wood, who is one of their best players.

Via Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer:

The Heat have consistently been mentioned as a suitor for Christian Wood this week. The Rockets are searching for a sizable return for the skilled forward. So far, a framework of Duncan Robinson for Wood has circulated around the league, but Houston appears to require far more to part with their frontcourt centerpiece.

You can’t blame the Rockets for wanting more. Sure, Robinson is a solid player who would fit in nicely, but Wood is their top big and a very important piece. His immediate backup right now is rookie Alperen Sengun, who just isn’t ready to be a starter at the NBA level yet. But, he has shown promise.

Robinson isn’t having the greatest season for the Heat, averaging just 12.1 points per night in 40 starts while shooting 36% from 3-point range. However, he has played a lot better lately, averaging well over 20 points across his previous three games. That’s only going to help his trade value more.

The Rockets are still in the midst of a rebuild so giving up Wood for only Robinson doesn’t really make sense. They’d ideally want more draft picks and possibly even Tyler Herro, who would fit perfectly in their young core. However, he has been one of the Heat’s best players this season and there is absolutely no chance they trade him.

In a nutshell, unless a big package is offered to Houston, it’s likely Christian Wood stays put.