The Rockets intend to fire the former Thunder's 21-year-old guard Madden, who missed the NBA and is expected to move overseas

2022-10-12 13:26

The Rockets intend to fire the former Thunder's 21-year-old guard Madden, who missed the NBA and is expected to move overseas


According to reports, as the new NBA 2022-2023 regular season starts, the Houston Rockets are considering giving up 21-year-old guard Theo Madden, which was traded with the Oklahoma City Thunder in late September .


Madden was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 34th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft and was traded to the Thunder at the end of the year. Madden then signed a contract with the Thunder to play for the team.


The 21-year-old French guard played a stabilizing role in the rebuilding Thunder and appeared in 116 regular-season games for the team over two seasons, averaging 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and assists per 23.2 minutes per game. 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks. The overall hit rate was 37.1 percent.


However, Madden's data had a clear downward trend between the two seasons, and was eventually excluded from the Thunder's future plans and listed as a trade zone asset.


At the end of last month, the Thunder included Madden with three players -- 29-year-old forward Maurice Harkless, 31-year-old center Derrick Favors, 25-year-old guard Ty Jerome and a future second-rounder The draft rights were sent to the Rockets in exchange for 25-year-old center Marquese Chriss, 29-year-old guard David Nuwaba, guard Trey Burke and 27-year-old forward Sterling Brown.


However, Madden still did not gain the trust of the team after being traded, because the Rockets did not want to take risks for the rookie with low numbers, so in order to make room and effectively introduce better young players to form the Rockets' young roster , the team finally plans to fire him.


After leaving the Rockets, Madden may not be able to get contracts from other teams in time for the start of the new NBA season, and he is expected to return to overseas games. It is understood that before entering the NBA, the young defender played overseas for the Ligue 1 team ASVEL in 2017 to compete in the European League and the top leagues of the country. It is predicted that he will return to Europe this season.


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