NBA Trade Grades: Lakers Get Tyler Ennis From Houston

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski has traded Marcelo Huertas for Rockets guard Tyler Ennis. With Los Angeles trading Lou Williams, too, the likes of Ennis, D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson will play out the bulk of the backcourt minutes for the rest of the season. The move will create $3.5 million in salary cap space for the Rockets.

All indications are they intend to pursue veteran free agents, like Andrew Bogut who could be bought out of his contract after he was traded to Philadelphia by the Dallas Mavericks earlier on Thursday.

Ennis has struggled to see the floor in Houston, averaging just 6.3 minutes per game in 31 contests this season. Although this did not preclude the Lakers from making a deal before the trade deadline, Johnson and the entire Lakers' roster traveled on the team plane to Oklahoma City. The Rockets declined a team option on Ennis before the season, meaning he'll be a free agent when this season ends. However, he has made eight career starts in all with seven of those outings coming last season as a member of the Bucks.

Huertas contract was $1.5m and $1.6m.

The Lakers will be Ennis's fourth team thus far in his short National Basketball Association career. He's averaging only 2.7 ppg and 2.3 apg in just 10.3 mpg over 23 total games. Or as Daryl Morey would call him, "immediately waivable".

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