Posted by Royce Young
Jonathan Feigan of the Houston Chronicle reports the Rockets are shipping center David Andersen to Toronto for 2nd round pick, per a source.
So that's not a ground-shaking trade by any means. But it's something . Andersen is going to have a lot more opportunity to play in Toronto and if you'll excuse me and allow me to possibly read far too deep into this, it might say that Yao Ming is more healthy than we thought. Would the Rockets trade away a legit backup center if Yao weren't somewhat reliable for this upcoming season? My thinking is no, but of course I could be way off on that.
Last season in Houston, Andersen, a 30-year-old rookie, played in 5.8 points per game in 14.1 minutes a game. He saw most of his time filling in for Yao and in spot duty for Luis Scola and Chuck Hayes.
The Raptors are after front line help and Andersen will provide some pick-and-roll prowess, plus he's a big body. Again, nothing major here, but for a second-round pick, Andersen is an OK pickup. And the Rockets surely enjoyed unloading his $2.3 million off the books as well, especially after a summer of some solid spending.