Report: Rockets acquire Shawn Long from 76ers for 2018 second-round pick, cash
The Houston Rockets are making moves. While the biggest one has definitely been the acquisition of superstar guard Chris Paul, there have been many other moves pulled off by GM Daryl Morey. In a series of smaller trades before acquiring Paul, Houston dealed for guards DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hillard and Tim Quarterman, and forward Ryan Kelly.
In all of the trades, Houston gave up mostly future second rounders and cash considerations. Liggins and Hillard were used in the Chris Paul deal, while Quarterman, Kelly, and newest acquisition, center Shawn Long, will presumably stay with the team.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Rockets gave up a 2018 second-round pick and cash to get the 24-year-old sophomore. Long had some good games in a 76ers uniform, most notably a double-double against the Pacers at the end of March and two 18-point games against the Bulls and Nets in March and April, respectively. Long also had good games from three-point territory, making seven threes in 18 games:
Philadelphia has traded Shawn Long to Houston for cash and a 2018 second-round pick, league source tells @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 28, 2017
In terms of the Rockets, their big-man rotation just got a new piece. Right now, the starting center is Clint Capela, with Nene Hilario serving as the primary back-up. For the third string center, Long will have to fight it out with former 37th pick Chinanu Onuaku. Chinanu had a rough season, suiting up in just five games and scoring 2.8 points a night. Onuaku was most notable for his underhand free throw shooting, something the league has not seen in decades.