NBA Draft 2011: Rockets May Have Willing Trade Partner In Detroit

In addition to the Josh Smith rumor passed along earlier, another tidbit to be found in Adrian Wojnarowski's always-thorough Draft Notes column is that the Rockets might have a deal on the place that would allow them to jump up to Detroit's pick at No. 8 overall. 

Houston continues to offer the 14th and 23rd picks in the draft to move into the top 10, and could have a willing partner with the Detroit Pistons at No. 8. The Pistons have told teams they won't trade down until they see who drops to them on draft night, sources said. In what could be an interesting window into the Pistons' preferences, San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard worked out for Detroit on Monday, and shortly thereafter cancelled his Wednesday workout with the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the 10th pick. Several executives believe Leonard may have left Auburn Hills with a guarantee.

It's unknown who exactly the Rockets would be targeting at 8. Jonas Valanciunas and Donatas Motiejunas are your clubhouse leaders in mentions, but they could also be thinking about players like Jimmer Fredette or Bismack Biyombo. Either way, the rumors promise to keep coming fast and furious as Daryl Morey and the rest of the front office inch closer to the NBA Draft on Thursday.

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