As the 2012 NBA Draft nears on Thursday evening, talk league-wide has centered on the Houston Rockets, who are heavily rumored to be shopping for a top pick in Thursday night's first round, most likely with the Sacramento Kings, who are sitting at No. 5 overall.
ESPN's Marc Stein and Chad Ford are reporting that a deal has been "heavily discussed," and could be in the works to allow Houston to take UConn big man Andre Drummond - but maybe not to play for the Rockets. Speculation is rampant that Drummond would become part of a package to get Orlando Magic superstar Dwight Howard to Houston:
Houston has been trying for weeks to acquire multiple top-10 picks to throw at new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, believing that Hennigan -- after working alongside Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti for years -- would consider trading Howard if he could get two top lottery picks to start rebuilding his new team through the draft.
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.
There's plenty of reasons this deal won't happen - namely, if Kansas forward Thomas Robinson were to fall to the Kings at No. 5, according to Ford and Stein, as well as Orlando possibly making a move to keep Howard in the fold.
One thing's certain - if Sacramento agrees, it won't be until the last minute, and even then, there's no guarantee the Rockets will get Howard.