Report: Rockets Trade David Andersen To Toronto Raptors For Second Round Pick

The Houston Rockets have reportedly traded Australian center David Andersen to the Toronto Raptors for a second round draft pick.

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Raptors Send Pick For Houston's David Andersen Plus Cash

Just a minor update to our previous report that former Houston Rockets David Andersen is headed to Canada in a trade.

The Associated Press is now reporting that the Toronto Raptors received cash in the deal that netted David Andersen for a future draft pick.  The cash, presumably, would (help) cover Andersen's contract.


We Loved The Turnaround Jumper, But Andersen Had To Go

I’ll say this: if there is a more automatic jump shot in the league than David Andersen’s turnaround from the block, then please enlighten me, because I have yet to see anything close to as effective. The problem with Andersen was that aside from the fancy jumper, there wasn’t much else to see.

The Rockets acquired Andersen from the Atlanta Hawks last year with the hopes that the Australian could blossom into a serviceable backup with a knack for scoring in Yao’s absence. Though Andersen proved he could find the basket in limited minutes, his defense left plenty to be desired and his ineffective rebounding cost the Rockets in the paint.

As a result, Houston snatched up Brad Miller and Patrick Patterson. They also picked up Chuck Hayes’ team option, leaving little room for Andersen at all.

Trading Andersen not only gets the Rockets a nice second-rounder – it also frees up roster space. Now, the Rockets will be able to add, say, a third point guard to their 15-man roster if they so choose.

Andersen was never going to be a trade asset in a larger deal, so there’s not much to lose here. But we will surely miss the Aussie-ness, as well as the near-perfect hair that stayed that way during games.

We’ll send Andersen off with a video, of course.


Rockets Trade David Andersen To Toronto Raptors For a Second Round Pick

The Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors are close to reaching an agreement that would send David Andersen to the Raptors for a future second round pick according to the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen.

Rockets to ship center David Andersen to Toronto for 2nd round pick, per source. #hounewsless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

The 31-year-old Australian big man  was signed to a three-year, $7.5 million contract by the Rockets last summer after previously standing out in the Euroleague.

Andersen averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 63 games played for the Rockets last season.

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