In exchange, the Firecrackers are reportedly getting 4 first-round choices and four choice swaps, all unguarded, along with Victor Oladipo– whom Houston acquired by rerouting Caris LeVert to the Pacers.

As for the core of the offer, Houston now owns Brooklyn’s first-round choice in 2022, 2024 and 2026 along with Milwaukee’s first-round pick in 2022, the latter of which was formerly owned by Cleveland and come as part of the abovementioned Allen swap.

We understand the Rockets were greatly engaged in talks with Philly, and we knew it was going to be a sticky negotiation offered that former Rockets GM Daryl Morey is now pulling the Sixers’ strings.

Reports suggest that Houston, in addition to Simmons, was asking Philadelphia for Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle and a load of draft settlement similar to what they obtained from the Internet. Did they get greedy? One could argue that Simmons, by himself, deserves more than whatever the Firecrackers got from Brooklyn if taken full advantage of within a proper situation.

If Houston was willing to take a couple of fewer draft picks, or relent on Maxey, just for argument’s sake, and after that devoted to building a team particularly customized to ignite Simmons’ special skillset while likewise covering for his one weakness, basically one with two-way shooters all over the court and, efficiently, a capable half-court playmaker, it’s hard to think of that group not being truly excellent, if not potentially great depending on Simmons’ development under conducive conditions.

I beginning this by stating that for whatever my opinion deserves, I don’t think Simmons is a franchise player, and I think a group relying too greatly on him is peaked as a second-tier competitor. Yet I can recognize that it’s not likely Houston will end up with a player even close to Simmons’ present level with any of those Brooklyn chooses in the near term.

The bet the Rockets are making is that after the Harden-Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving triumvirate ages out, possibly in just a few years, those choices from 2023/2024 moving forward will end up being greatly more important, and possibly might net them a franchise gamer.

Still, not coming away with Simmons in a situation like this is a danger.

For now, again, Houston got a great deal.

With a leading 3 of Oladipo, Wood and John Wall, and P.J. Tucker still around for the time being, the Firecrackers can take the OKC path of staying competitive, possibly still a playoff team, while focusing on the future when those choices start cashing in.

Which, apparently, might be in the cards, as The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that Oladipo might be turned again by the Rockets since he doesn’t want to be in Houston long term.

For what it’s worth, Houston looks like a pretty solid roster at the moment with a cumulative chip on its shoulder, which is constantly fun.

Can they contend for a spot in the playoffs?


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