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Rockets looking to trade up in draft for big man

Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:21 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 11:33 am
Posted by Matt Moore

The Houston Rockets may have a dilemma at their spot, but they have no intention of hanging around to bite their fingernails over it.'s Ken Berger reports that the Rockets are shopping their two first-round picks, the No. 14 and No. 23, in order to move into the top ten. Specifically, Berger reports that talks have opened with the Detroit Pistons in a two-for-one swap that would allow the Rockets to get what they really want: a big man. Berger reports that late-riser Tristan Thompson is at the top of the list, along with Congolese phenom Bismack Biyombo.

The Pistons don't have an outstanding need beyond getting rid of their locker room-cancer vets, so this makes sense. It puts the Pistons in a position to gain more depth without getting stuck with a pick that's too good not to take, but only in a draft this low on star power. Still, that eight spot will have one of several good prospects available, especially with some of the reaches being discussed. However, it sounds like Detroit's not the only team Houston is chatting with in an attempt to move up. 

The Racine Journal-Times reports that the Rockets are also talking to the Bucks about the No. 10 pick, and this one is more than just a pick-swap, there are players involved: 
The teams have tossed around different trade scenarios with Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova being prominently mentioned.

It's hardly a secret the Bucks would be interested in Rockets forward Patrick Patterson, whom the Bucks were hoping to land in last summer's draft.
The Bucks could also have interest in Rockets forwards Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill, yet another player they liked in the 2009 draft.
via BUCKS NOTES: Milwaukee, Houston discussing a deal.

Ilyasova is a promising all-around player still with upside at 24, and would give the Rockets a talented big man to pair with Luis Scola. Patterson seems like a high cost, though, as he showed a world of potential in his rookie season. Budinger is just the kind of player that GM Daryl Morey often raises the value of and then sells high on, while Hill is still somewhat of a project. Draft Express reports that the Rockets may have sweetened their deal by including Courtney Lee, which would likely get the Bucks' interest considering their desperate need for backcourt depth.

The Rockets' pursuit of a big man makes all the sense in the world, considering Yao Ming's highly questionable return to Houston and their glaring need for height. Thompson makes for an odd fit next to Luis Scola, but Thompson has been the one player who has made the hardest charge up the draft rankings in the past 24 hours, with some reports pegging him as high as No. 4. Biyombo on the other hand is a freak athlete with great work ethic and the <a href="" target="_blank">second-greatest wingspan of any prospect in the draft. Fellow workout prospect Chris Singleton described Biyombo as being able to scratch his knees standing up yesterday, which is just circus-clown freaky.

The Rockets need a homerun. In a draft without really any of those types of pitches, the Rockets seem dedicated to fighting their way into the batter's box anyway.

Since: Jun 23, 2011
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Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 4:20 pm

Rockets looking to trade up in draft for big man

The Wizards will trade a Chipotle Burrito, a bag of laundry, Andray Blatche, and to make it worth while, a talking stuffed Aflac duck key-chain in exchange for their 14th.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:21 pm

Rockets looking to trade up in draft for big man

If Detroit deals with anyone, it should be the Cavs.  The Pistons should send Rip Hamilton and their 8th overall selection to Cleveland for Ramon Sessions.  It would clear $12.5 million from the Piston's payroll and get rid of Hamilton's acidic attitude and mouth.  The Cavs can afford to take on his contract because of the $14.5 million trade exception from the LBJ loss to Miami. 

Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:29 am

Rockets looking to trade up in draft for big man

I know the reports say that they're looking at Thompson and Biyombo, but Houston has to be going after Valanciunas. They have time to wait for him, need a center badly, and he'd be the BPA at those spots. Thompson rates exceptionally well in projection systems, but I don't think Houston wants another undersized PF like him.

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