Last night, it became apparent that the Houston Rockets are making an effort to trade for a top-10 draft pick. Originally, it was thought that they coveted Andre Drummond, but according to ESPN, their goals might be set a little higher -- Dwight Howard.
The Rockets' willingness to trade for Howard -- even without the All-Star center's signature on a contract extension -- is an open secret around the league. But it's believed that two top-eight picks, assuming Houston managed to complete trades with both Sacramento and Toronto, would seriously pique the interest of new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, who could then quickly start following the same sort of roster-building blueprint relied on by his previous employers in Oklahoma City.
The Rockets are reportedly dangling point guard Kyle Lowry for an early pick. Howard has worked with Hakeem Olajuwon in the past and could be tempted into eventually signing a contract extension with Houston.