Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has a reputation for acquiring assets. That is apparently what he is planning on doing in the days leading up to the 2012 NBA Draft in hopes of landing Dwight Howard via trade from the Orlando Magic. The Rockets have added a third first round draft pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves, sending swingman Chase Budinger north.
Houston Receives: 18th pick
Minnesota Receives: G/F Chase Budinger, rights to Lior Eliyahu
Why This Makes Sense for Houston:
Daryl Morey loves collecting assets and that’s what this deal is all about. Houston now has the 14th, 16th, and 18th picks but obviously won’t be keeping all three. The rumors have them trying to make a run at packaging those picks to move up in the draft, and then make an offer for Dwight Howard that could include picks, Kyle Lowry, and Luis Scola. It’s a bold, balsy strategy especially since Howard doesn’t have Houston on his wish list and would likely be a one year rental. Josh Smith and Ty...