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Houston Rockets To Use Amnesty Clause On Luis Scola

Scola's departure points to a Howard arrival. Is it worth it?


2012 NBA Mock Draft (Picks 1-18)

Who the Rockets and other teams should take; unless there are 10 more trades


NBA Draft Trade Rumors: Houston Rockets In Talks With Kings, Targeting Andre Drummond

Earlier on Wednesday, it looked like the Houston Rockets were stockpiling draft picks in order to acquire either Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol, as the team looks to bring a big man to Houston.

Then, it looked as though the Rockets were stockpiling picks in order to acquire a top ten pick, perhaps to keep, or perhaps to deal off to either Orlando or Los Angeles.

Now, it looks like the Houston Rockets are targeting University of Connecticut product Andre Drummond, who himself is a big man at seven feet tall.

According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Rockets are in talks with the Sacramento Kings to move up to the No. 5 overall pick in the draft.

Among several avenues the Rockets are exploring would be a trade with Sacramento for the No. 5 pick in a deal that likely would send Tyreke Evans to Houston, sources said. The teams have discussed several scenarios, and while one person briefed on the talks described the deal as "getting close," rival executives have gotten the strong impression that the Kings are streadfastly resisting the Rockets' overtures.

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.

Rumors seem to be flying all over the place, but it looks like there might be some fire to this smoke. We'll see in the coming day what the Rockets have up their sleeve.

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Chase Budinger Traded: Rockets Make Move For No. 18 Draft Pick

The Houston Rockets have traded Chase Budinger to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday in exchange for the 18th overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, according to multiple reports.

Budinger averaged 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in his first three years in the league, all spent with the Rockets. He played in the starting lineup for Houston to fill in for injured players, but spent most of his time as one of the more productive bench players on the team.

This news comes not long after reports of the Rockets making moves to lure Dwight Howard with multiple first round draft picks (and now possibly one later in the round, too).

Read more about the Rockets at The Dream Shake and SB Nation Houston.


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Houston Rockets Draft Prospects: Meyers Leonard

We continue our look at NBA draft prospects the Rockets should target. So far we've looked at Tyler Zeller, Moe Harkless, and Perry Jones III; today we look at Meyers Leonard, a center from Illinois.

Leonard is a good prospect, looks to be solid in almost every aspect of his game, but he does come with a few question marks. He played well last year, but did nothing as a freshman raising the question of him being a 1-year wonder. Leonard averaged 13.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks during his sophomore year after playing just 8 minutes per game as a freshman. My initial thought is his ceiling isn't that high, reminds me of guys like Aaron Gray and Cole Aldrich, but scouts seem to like him and think the improvement he made last season, will continue at the NBA level.

Scouts like his athleticism, his shot blocking ability, and his touch from the free-throw line and with his jumper. His weaknesses, he'll need to add more weight to avoid being pushed around in the post, doesn't have a good go-to post move on offense, and he sometimes gets lazy in his game and takes too many outside jumpers. Scouts seem to think his upside is that of Robin Lopez, if Leonard reaches that level, that's a steal at the end of the lottery.

I think Leonard would be a good fit for the Rockets who have an abundance of power forwards, but almost nothing at center. Marcus Camby is a free-agent and we saw Samuel Dalembert fade towards the end of last season. They have to get a young center this off-season and through the draft is their best option. Sure they have assets to trade, but what team is willing to give away a young, talented big? The Rockets have plus defenders in Kyle Lowry and Chandler Parsons on the perimeter, but they need a rim protector; any offense Leonard gives you is a bonus, though he does have a good offensive game.

His draft projection varies, but most have him available for the Rockets at 14th overall. projects him to go at 17, Draft Express at 15, at 15, Hoopshype at 15, and at 14.

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