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Rockets trade 14 pick, Dalembert to Bucks for 12 pick, parts

Jun 27, 2012, 4:05 PM EST

Samuel Dalembert AP

The Houston Rockets keep making moves and trading up the draft board, and you know they are aiming for something bigger. And the Milwaukee Bucks helped them out with a trade I don’t really get for them.

The unstoppable force that is Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports broke the trade on twitter and it goes down like this:

Samuel Dalembert and the 14th pick go the Bucks. The Rockets get the 12th pick, Jon Brockman, Jon Leuer and Shaun Livingston.

The Rockets now own the numbers 12, 16 and 18 picks in the first round plus have pieces like Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin they can move, as well as some cap room. They are setting up the pieces to make a big move — reports are they ideally want a shot at Dwight Howard but that’s not likely before the draft. But Josh Smith or some other good players are.

Plus, the Rockets get a nice young big man in Leuer, who in his rookie season last year was solid (PER of 15.3, shot 50 percent) when he got on the floor. He was very inconsistently used but there was promise. Of course, the Rockets are loaded with forward. In Livingston the Rockets add a backup point.

That’s a lot for the Bucks to give up to go down two spots. Yes, they needed a big man, ideally a defensive minded one, after trading away Andrew Bogut, and they get that in the undersized but hard working Dalembert. But Dalembert is not going to provide points either (maybe that’s fine with Scott Skiles) and he’s not a pick-and-roll big like you might want to pair with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis in the back court. Why give up Leuer and depth to get him and go down two spots? I don’t love it.

  1. camnellum12 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Just get Andre Drummond. Dwight Howard isn’t worth the time or money, since he wants to “start his own legacy?”. Netting Andre Drummond with Kevin McHale is a good move, maybe Drummond can learn some of those deadly post moves McHale is legendary for

  2. pmd5319 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Don’t understand why people want Howard so bad. He’s been in the league 6 or 7 years now, and has shown zero improvement in the post offensively. He’s a good player, but he’s not putting you over the top unless you have some serious help to go with him. If Howard was in the league 15 years ago, he’d be behind Shaq, Hakeem, Ewing, Robinson, Mourning, Duncan, etc. Bigs don’t play big anymore, and a post-player hasn’t carried a team to the finals since Shaq was in LA. If he signs with you as a free agent, that’s great, but you are still a 6-8 out West with Howard and abunch of nothing.

  3. bparmalee - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    What in the hell are the Bucks doing? I don’t see how this helps them…plus it isn’t a good enough deal to do the night before the draft. Why not wait to see how the draft plays out… what if someone falls to you at 12? If not you can always trade the pick then. This just seems like a favor to the Rockets.

  4. acharlot5 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    “Yes, they needed a big man, ideally a defensive minded one, after trading away Andrew Bogut, and they get that in the undersized but hard working Dalembert”… Since when is 6’11 undersized for the 5 spot??

  5. digitalpoo - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    I don’t understand why the Rockets wouldn’t just keep the picks and get some depth out of the draft. They might get lucky and land a future Hibbert or Mcgee.

    • 20dollardinners - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Because they have been rebuilding for basically the last decade – they want some more immediate term results.

  6. siege102 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Not that I expect you to know anything about the Bucks, Helin, since I’m sure you only watched big market teams despite being, you know, an NBA writer but this was a no brainer for the Bucks.

    1) The Bucks already targeted who they want in the draft (who they feel will be there at 14), with 1-2 back up plan picks just in case. They get to pay him less at 14 than 12.

    2) After mid-January, the games Leuer actually played significant minutes were few and far between. He has upside, but only as a rotation player.

    3) The Bucks roster was already at 12 players before attempting to sign, resign, or draft anyone. They needed to clear dead weight

    4) They had a logjam at PG once Udrih took his option and needed to trade one of them, because they played a lot of 2 pg sets last year as it is.

    5) Dalembert is a relatively cheap 1 year rental on a team that needs to get bigger. They are gunning for a 7-8 seed playoff spot and this gives them some insurance while figuring out the position longterm

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      We can disagree on the trade, but know I watch Bucks games. I watch a lot of basketball, I talk to people around the league. But people disagree.

  7. bougin89 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Unless the Bucks have another trade setup and they needed Dalembert to make the salaries work I don’t see how this makes sense. This trade alone makes us worse in my opinion. Now we have Larry Sanders, Udoh, and Dalembert…whats the difference between those three?

  8. giselleisasucubus - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Howard won’t re-sign there and Gasol has been on Houston’s radar since they traded for him and had it denied. LA might take 2 picks and a player for Gasol if they can’t find the piece they want. LA can clear space, get 2 picks and wait for another big free agent. Guys always want to go there, so cap room for LAL is huge.

  9. fanz928 - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Howard is wanted because his defense can change the flow of the game and perhaps controls the game at times and his offense and passing is getting better which is just scary for teams like Miami and okc

  10. ufullpj - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Leuer produced when he had the chance. That doesn’t make sense for the Bucks. There should be another move coming….

  11. greej1938l - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Leuers not as good as your making him sound.

  12. fm31970 - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Just on getting rid of Brockman alone, it’s a good deal for the Bucks.

  13. rocketsbb - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Good move. Keep it up morey!

  14. paulhargis53 - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    This is why, the Bucks, for most of their history, have always been, and always will be, a borderline lottery team.
    Ignorant moves.

    • theripster30 - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Wow. Let’s hope you’re under the age of 13, because you have no idea how to construct a sentence. Ignorant moves.

  15. paulhargis53 - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Wow. Let’s hope you’re an English teacher. I don’t give a rats ass what you think of my sentence structure. Way to add to the point of the article. You grammar cops are pathetic.

  16. paulhargis53 - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Great analysis if the subject of the post.
    You grammar police are so precious.

    You should go proofread a book for errors. Get a life.

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