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Report: Rockets talking with Raptors, Kings about draft trade

Jun 25, 2012, 12:14 AM EDT

Daryl Morey AP

This really shouldn’t really be a surprise — ever since Daryl Morey took over as general manager of the Rockets they have been one of the more active teams on draft day.

Right now they pick No. 14 but they want to move up, according to ESPN.

Sources say that Houston has discussed deals with several teams in the top 10 about moving up in the draft. And the Rockets might have found two willing partners.

Although sources stressed that no deal is imminent, Sacramento (No. 5) and Toronto (No. 8) have let Houston know that their top-10 selections are available. Sources say that the Rockets, in turn, have made both of their first-round picks available (No. 14 and No. 16), but the key to any trade going through could be point guard Kyle Lowry.

The Kings have been rumored to be shopping their pick around.

If the Rockets can re-sign Goran Dragic they can afford to move Lowry, although Lowry was a borderline All-Star player until he was injured last year.

What’s interesting is ESPN reports the Rockets are after big man Andre Drummond, one of the biggest gambles in this draft. He’s a guy who could turn out to be a Serge Ibaka or maybe even poor-man’s Andrew Bynum in the paint, he has that level of skill, but he’s had serious questions about his drive and passion. He has not impressed in many workouts, according to reports. But if Morey takes him and gets a hit, he may have the second best player in this draft. But it is a big risk.

  1. camnellum12 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    I’m a Laker fan, but I’ll tune into FSN Houston to watch Drummond play. I bet Kevin McHale is cheesing at the chance to get rid of Lowry and finally getting a talented big he can teach. I remember McHale joking that he doesn’t like being taller than most of his players, but you could tell he was dying for Pau Gasol to come here in Houston. And it should be noted that McHale helped groom Kevin Garnett, but Andre is no KG.

    Another good thing about this would be that Drummond would be in the same division as Anthony Davis (Southwest) and we’d get to see how the two best big men play against each other.

    • camnellum12 - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:08 AM

      *two best big men out of this draft, sorry about that

  2. wjmoffatt - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Stop making the comparison of Drummond to Ibaka and Bynum, i saw the kid play this year and his nothing like them at all. His just another Derrick Favors.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      Drummond just needs to a swift kick to the rear. He has the tools. Comparing him to Favors is an insult.And I’m a UConn fan who was extremely disappointed with him for the final month and a half of the season CULMINATING with the Iowa State game.

      • wjmoffatt - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

        Its not his game I’m comparing it’s how people see all this potential and reach for him because his a young big man that they can develop, but it’ll never happen. I’m geez the kid should’ve been dominating because his competition for his position was pretty damn easy in the big east. What bigs are there? Fab Melo…….

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    I’m a Laker fan, but the Rockets are my 2nd team (was born in Houston, moved to Cali when I was 6, my Dad’s from Compton, CA and raised me a Laker fan). I love that the Rockets are being active. They have such a nice nucleus of players but nobody to lead them. It would be very nice for them to fall into a franchise saver as apposed to just another really nice piece to the puzzle cause they got like 10 of ‘em. For the last 3 years they’ve been on the cusp of the playoffs but just missed by a hair each time. I hope this is the year for them.

    • camnellum12 - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      I remember in late March/early April when the Rockets were the 6th seed, and they were a potential match-up against our Lakers, and I was a bit worried about the match-up. Chandler Parsons causes big problems for Kobe, the Rocket bench can score big, and Bynum was ejected twice against against Houston.

      But here in Houston, Rocket fans have grown fond of Lowry, so it’ll kinda be weird, but this city needs a great post presence since the absence of Yao. I always loved the Lakers since I was 5, but watching the Steve Francis – Cuttino Mobley – Yao Ming squad was fun. Sucks he couldn’t get a ring.

    • badintent - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:32 AM

      no problem, they make the playoffs when Clyde comes back on the team.And The Big “E”. Mr. Hayes to you.

  4. pukpokito - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    If it is the 5th pick, go do it Mr.Morey.Give Lowry & #14. You still have Goran Dragic anyway.Dragic plays better in Coach McHale’s system anyway.You can always sign up another point giard or draft one at 16.Marshall should be available at #16 or Teague.

    • pukpokito - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:29 AM

      I said 5th pick because right now there are mock drafts that has Michael Kidd-Gilchrist available…if you are all not sold on Drummond.,,,might just get lucky at 5 to land MKG.

  5. boltsup - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    No Houston! Just send Lowry and Scola to LA and u can have your guy Pau Gasol…. I’d be posse if the 2 PGs I wanted go elsewhere in the division

  6. boltsup - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    No Houston! Just send Lowry and Scola to LA and u can have your guy Pau Gasol…. I’d be pissed if the 2 PGs I wanted go elsewhere in the division

  7. rajbais - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Andre Drummond will fail in the NBA!!!
    The averages in 28.4 minutes per game:
    10 points (including free throws)
    7.6 boards

    That’s embarrassing!!!

    If he can’t dominate in college, he has NO basketball IQ or ability to adjust!!! Without those he’s done!!!

    He’s worse than Hasheem Thabeet!!!
    Lottery picks NEED to score!!! This player is ONLY worth a second round pick because very good or franchise players out of the lottery tend score!!!!

    Plus, you look at a guy like DeAndre Jordan or Samuel Dalembert. These guys were single digit scorers in similar playing time and have NEVER scored avidly!!! Their differences are that they were not picked in the lottery!!!

    He can’t play!!! He’s not ready!!! Plus, there’s no one in his situation that’s done well!!! YOU NEED GAME TO PLAY THE GAME!!!! NO SCORING???

    If the NBA’s top 20 players are at least great scorers why make this guy a lottery pick???

    He’ll be prematurely anointed and his team will ultimately live with the fact that he can’t play!!!

    If you’re not like Durant or at how like Bosh was as a freshman you are incapable of playing in the NBA, especially in the immediate future because those who get it early play great later!!! Why are there only 3 MVP’s in NBA history to average single digits as rookies???

  8. cdins - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Ibaka and bynum are nothing alike

  9. rajbais - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Drummond is waste of a pick.

    He’s a Samuel Dalembert/DeAndre Jordan type player that’s considered for the lottery.

    If you can’t score enough in college (because the object of the game of basketball is putting the ball in the basket) you don’t deserve a first round grade.

  10. rocketsbb - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    We have a very deep bench and all the pieces are in place. The rockets just need a star player who will take over the game in crunch time or take the final shot. A guy who can lead this team to the playoffs and eventually championships.

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