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Jun 27

Berger: Rockets Trying To Trick Trail Blazers?

By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2012draft, draft2012

An interesting little line item from Ken Berger over at CBSSports.com regarding the Trail Blazers, Rockets and Damian Lillard:
Word in front office circles has been consistent that the Rockets' target is Connecticut 7-footer Andre Drummond, although some executives openly wondered Wednesday if that was a smokescreen. Welcome to the 24 hours before the draft. It's possible that Houston's real target is Damian Lillard, whom the Trail Blazers are believed to covet with the sixth pick, sources said.
The Rockets have already made two trade, one sending Chase Budinger to Minnesota for the No. 18 pick and the other sending the No. 14 pick and Samuel Dalembert to the Bucks for No. 12 and a bunch of filler, which feeds into the narrative that Houston is trying to put together some kind of super package with the hopes of acquiring Dwight Howard.

Not sure exactly how convincing teams that Drummond is their target, while actually wanting to draft Lillard, helps the Rockets, but hey, I'm just passing this information along.

3 Comments

  1. That surely doesn't make sense. they have two great guards in Lowry and Dragic, why would they want Lillard? But then why would they want Dwight Howard, when he said he would not stay after his contract was over with any team that was not on his list? It surely seems they are getting ready to rebuild though.

    by Hg on 6/27/2012 4:17 PM
  2. Actually It does make a little sense. 1. The Blazers have the resources to trade up to get him in an earlier pick. 2. It is widely known around the league right now that the Rockets are in process of trying to get Dwight Howard even if it means useing Lowry or Dragic to do so. Even though its the last year of Howard's contract and their is no gaurantee that he will resign with them. This is the whole reason the Rockets have been trading for picks. So I could definately see this. That doesn't mean that its credible but I can see some logic behind it.

    by rbuurman on 6/27/2012 4:39 PM
  3. neither of those guys will be on the board at #12 anyway. so we shouldn't care less what Houston is trying to do. GO ROCKETS. right? wrong

    by Thansen36 on 6/27/2012 6:53 PM
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