One team that is not contending any time soon but could use the defensive intensity Delon Wright provides is the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets have been one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA for the past couple of seasons, and considering they still have one of the youngest teams in the league, that is most likely not going to change next season either. Unless they bring in defensive-minded veterans.
One of these players could be Delon Wright.
Houston has one of the most exciting cores in the league, with Jalen Green, Amen Thompson, Cam Whitmore, Jabari Smith, and Alperen Sengun. However, that core is lacking in defensive chops and leadership. Delon Wright can cover up the defensive weaknesses of this young team and provide much-needed intensity.
It’s widely known that the Houston Rockets are trying to take a step forward next season as they owe their first-round pick. They have more cap space than they know what to do with, so they can bring in Delon Wright in a variety of different ways.
One way that makes sense for Washington is to do it as a straight-up trade with Usman Garuba. Garuba didn’t have too big of a role with Houston the past two years but he is a very intriguing defensive big man. He can play either center or power forward, he is strong, athletic, and tough. He can switch out on the perimeter as well as protect the rim. He has consistently shown what he is capable of as one of the key pieces on the Spanish national team.
As a 21-year-old, he has serious potential and the Wizards would be able to give him ample playing time and opportunity to improve. Garuba doesn’t have a path for playing time in Houston as they have a surplus of young players they are trying to develop. However, the Wizards have a shortage of defensively solid big men, and Garuba could slide into the rotation to play an important role as part of the young core.