NBA Draft: Houston Rockets introduces Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason, TyTy Washington

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – With another draft night behind them, the Rockets and general manager Rafael Stone express their satisfaction at a new generation of incoming rookies who can continue to build on a foundation already laid by young stars who have already been there managed to solidify an impact in Houston.

Jabari Smith Jr., the Auburn star considered a likely No. 1 through Thursday night, highlights the three first-round talents Houston selected during the 2022 NBA draft.

SEE MORE: Houston Rockets Make Auburn Star Jabari Smith Jr. 3rd Overall Pick in 2022 NBA Draft

Schmidt is not alone. Houston brought in a high-profile defenseman in LSU’s No. 17 Tari Eason. The team also struck a complex three-team deal that shipped off former big man Christian Wood and brought in Kentucky point guard TyTy Washington Jr., who was picked at No. 29.

All three rookies are scheduled to be in Houston at 3:30 p.m. Friday for an introductory press conference

Before you meet the rookies, here are some post-draft notes you should know.

Christian Wood trade made official

It had been known for a while that Houston’s acting power forward, Wood, would be on his way out, but on Friday Houston made the swap official and a little more complex than the reported team-to-team takeover.
This is what trading looks like:

  • Houston gets from Dallas: Rights to Duke’s 26th choice, Wendell Moore Jr., and a player pack that includes Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss and Boban Marjanovic.
  • Houston sends to Dallas: Christian Holz.
  • Houston gets from Minnesota: Rights to 29th pick, TyTy Washington Jr. of Kentucky, who was originally drafted by Memphis but was sold to the Timberwolves in a separate transaction; and two future second-round picks.
  • Houston sends to Minnesota: Rights to Moore.

The trade not only brings Brown and Chriss back to Houston, but also gives Stone financial flexibility with four player contracts expiring.

Meanwhile, the Rockets say goodbye to Wood with a simple message.

Meet TyTy Washington Jr.

Houston is addressing a backcourt issue with Washington, a five-star Kentucky Wildcats recruit who was a prospective lottery winner.

Additionally, the 20-year-old from the Phoenix area attributed his success to his mother’s strength amid diabetes.

“Even now, when the commissioner says my name, I can see her that she’s going to hug me in the first person (I will) and she’s going to cry,” Washington told ESPN as part of his preliminary profile.

Regarding Clutch City, Washington included a message to fans.

“Here’s your boy, TyTy Washington. man, excited to be drafted. Houston I’m coming man wait for the fans and all that. Houston we lit up,” the rookie said in a video posted to the team’s social media.

Meet Tari Eason

The rockets basically covered the beginning, middle and end of the first round. Smith and Washington booked things for Houston, while LSU’s Tari Eason was picked roughly in the middle.

Eason was chosen as number 17 as the defensive end character.

Aside from the ability to guard any frontcourt position, Eason also has the ability to shine, as evidenced by his Atari logo tag and name beneath.

“Houston, Tari is here. Happy to go to work. Ready to go to work. (I’m) excited about this opportunity. Eason said in a video posted to the Rockets’ social media.

Jabari Smith Jr.’s shirt number has been revealed

We already know that Jalen Green, Houston’s No. 2 pick a year ago, is Sports No. 0. But how about No. 00?

It looks like Smith will be the man behind the “double ohs,” the Rockets revealed during a jersey presale.

The Rockets also released video Friday of Smith already heading for Houston as he left New York City, where the draft was taking place.

Undrafted rookie signs with Houston

While the three picks were the moves that made noise on draft night in Houston, the Rockets made a cautious move to pick a two-time NCAA Division II Player of the Year.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported The Rockets have signed Trevor Hudgins, state guard from Northwest Missouri, to a two-way contract, meaning he will be available to play for Houston and its G-League partner, the Rio Grand Valley Vipers .

According to NW Missouri State, Hudgins is the first player in the program’s history to sign an NBA contract.

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