The Rockets now own the No. 14, 16 and 18 picks in the first round of the draft. It is believed that Houston is trying to put together a package to trade to the Orlando Magic for center Dwight Howard.
ESPN.com reported Sunday that the Rockets wanted to acquire a pair of top-10 picks they could then use as part of a deal for Howard. That report said Sacramento’s No. 5 pick and Toronto’s No. 8 pick were available. Houston, with its three first-round picks, may have enough ammunition to acquire both picks if it is willing to include point guard Kyle Lowry.
The wisdom of a trade for Howard has been questioned, as NBA.com’s David Aldridge reported there is “not a chance” Howard would sign a long-term contract with the Rockets. Still, it appears the trade of Budinger likely has a larger acquisition as its end goal.
Budinger averaged 9.6 points in 22.4 minutes per game last season, his third in the NBA. The 24-year-old Budinger had spent his entire career with Houston.
The Rockets are really going to get rid of these three picks + Lowry and maybe more to get Dwight for one year? Is their plan to then trade Dwight for another huge package? I just don't get why they would rent him for one year.