Rockets offer 18th pick, Terrence Jones in pre-draft deals

The Houston Rockets are looking to deal power forward Terrence Jones in order to shed salary and are also making the No. 18 pick in tonight’s draft available. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported the development.

Certainly an interesting development on Houston’s end, as Jones is only due just under $2.5 million next season. Moving him should be easy enough, as he has size and explosiveness at 6-foot-9, 255 pounds and averaged 11.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

Jones can also shoot from long range when necessary, so teams in need of a 4 that can stand and bang in the paint while also stretching the floor could be interested.

But it’s Houston’s shopping of the No. 18 pick that is all the more interesting.

The team has about $7 million to spend so far this offseason, and the only major free agent that GM Daryl Morey may want to retain is restricted free agent Patrick Beverley. But even Beverley isn’t much of an ideal fit in coach Kevin McHale’s run-and-gun game, so the team’s draft pick could be used on either a point man that is a better fit or even a power forward, both of which Houston desperately needs.

The draft is still several hours away and nothing is official on this front yet, but Campus Sports will update this story as more details become available.

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