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 means of 2026, making it a parasite to Houston’s impending rebuild.
However by buying and selling James Harden to the Nets for a strong 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 chance not on the desk earlier than the Harden blockbuster.
Houston by no means wished to lose its prime participant, however below the circumstances, the deal was in all probability essential to kickstart a youth motion. The staff 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 should work with by means of 2026.
Rockets draft picks after James Harden commerce
Here is the whole record of future first-round draft picks now owned by the Rockets:
|Yr||First-round draft choose(s)|
|2021||Personal if inside prime 4 or worst of order with MIA and OKC (with choice to swap with BKN) + DET choose if outdoors prime 16 + POR choose if outdoors prime 14|
|2022||Personal + DET choose if outdoors prime 16* + POR choose if outdoors prime 14* + BKN choose + MIL choose|
|2023||Personal with choice to swap with BKN + DET choose if outdoors prime 18* + POR if choose if outdoors prime 14* + WAS choose if outdoors prime 14|
|2024||Personal if inside prime 5 + BKN choose + DET choose if outdoors prime 18* + POR choose if outdoors prime 14* + WAS choose if outdoors prime 12*|
|2025||Personal if inside prime 10 with choice to swap with BKN + OKC choose if personal is outdoors prime 10 + DET choose if outdoors prime 13* + POR choose if outdoors prime 14* + WAS choose if outdoors prime 10*|
*No choice if choose 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 choose swap choices with Brooklyn.