Houston will send Onaku and cash to Dallas for a 2020 second-round pick swap, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/aL1a6CXwzw— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 1, 2018
Onuaku came to Houston as a second-round pick out of Louisville but often found himself in the G-League with the Vipers in his two seasons in the league. He was a raw prospect coming out of college but the return on the investment was not enough for the Rockets to keep him past Year 2.
When the Rockets signed Isaiah Hartenstein to a three-year deal last week, it seemed like the nail in Nanu’s coffin.
The Rockets received a second-round pick in the trade, but more importantly, the trade opens up a roster spot. The team is now at 13 players with the subtraction of Onuaku, but with the presumed additions of second-round pick De’Anthony Melton and Carmelo Anthony, the team will get back to the final 15.