Can ex-Atlanta Hawks big man make it with the Houston Rockets

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports /

The Atlanta Hawks have made a number of trades over the past two seasons. One of these was the trade that sent Bruno Fernando and Kris Dunn to the Boston Celtics. In return, they received Tristan Thompson who they then flipped to the Sacramento Kings for Delon Wright.

This move was crucial for the Hawks at the time. They had Dunn and Caboclo sitting at the end of the bench, taking up salary cap space. This was preventing them from the potential of signing a difference-maker. However, as it turns out, the Hawks had such a poor season that it did not matter.

Dunn would never play for the Celtics, they would trade him to the Memphis Grizzlies where he would be waived. He would then sign on with the Portland Trail Blazers as they endured an injury crisis last season. He tried to come back for summer league but was not given the opportunity to impress.

What happened to Bruno Fernando after the Atlanta Hawks traded him?

Well, the Boston Celtics traded Fernando, another former Hawks player Dennis Schroder who just re-signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Enes Freedom to the Houston Rockets. In return, they received Daniel Theis. This appears to be a really good move for Fernando.

The Angolan national had the best and most efficient part of his career with the Rockets. Fernando averaged 6.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in just 9.4 minutes per game. Now that he does not have to compete with Christian Wood for minutes, he is a good chance at making this coming season his best yet.

The Rockets have some really good young talent coming through but none have the same defensive ability as Fernando yet. He signed on with the Rockets for this season back in July and will be hoping that he is able to make it through training camp to the regular season.

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With luck, the Hawks will see Fernando on opening night when they take on the Houston Rockets.