NBA Roundtable

Rockets Trade White

In Trade Talk on September 23, 2009 at 4:58 pm

The Denver Post reports

The Nuggets acquired swingman James White from the Houston Rockets in exchange for the draft rights to forward Axel Hervelle, a 2005 pick who has yet to play in the NBA.

White has an average of 5.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10 career games with San Antonio and Houston.

Originally drafted by Portland in 2006, White played 34 games last season with Anaheim of the NBA Development League, where he averaged 25.9 points, before being called up by the Rockets on March 3. He averaged 1.8 points in four regular season games with Houston and 1.4 points in five playoff appearances.

I looked at the Houston Chronicle but they didn’t have any more information on James White, only Hervelle and their two training camp signings.

Bad Sign

James White was passed up on by the Rockets because of their two second round draft picks — Jermaine Taylor and Chase Budinger — while these guys are good second round picks, it’s a bad sign when a team thinks two second rounders can outplay a young veteran from day one of their NBA careers.

My expectations for White are consequently very low, basically that he’s the Sonny Weems of next year’s Nuggets.

On the other hand, I think this shows a great deal of trust in Budinger and Taylor and I’m optimistic about both of these guys having a real shot at earning court time next season.

Conclusions

A thoroughly unimportant trade all round … I think Rockets come out ahead of this deal wholly because they had 17 guaranteed roster spots and they lessened their payroll by making the deal.

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