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2010 NBA Draft: Rockets Reportedly Pushing To Acquire Fourth Overall Pick

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Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress nearly blew apart the RocketSphere this afternoon with a little tweet about DeMarcus Cousins.

NBA source says both Detroit & Houston are making a major push to trade w/Minnesota to get Cousins with the 4th pick. "His stock is rising."

While Givony is a reliable source, and while a deal would make plenty of sense for the Rockets, it's tough to imagine the Timberwolves parting with a chance to land a cornerstone player. They've also indicated a major preference for Wesley Johnson. By and large, if the Rockets were able to swap positions with the Timberwolves, it would be a surprise.

Most likely, Minnesota would be looking to land one of the Rockets' wing players, perhaps Trevor Ariza or Chase Budinger. They could also make a play for Jordan Hill and then look to land James Anderson or Gordon Hayward with the 14th pick. Among the many teams looking to trade up, the Rockets likely have the most to offer, and for a chance to grab a player like Cousins, they'll be willing to offer as many assets as it takes.

That said, keep this in perspective. It's just a rumor, and in most cases, the trade rumors that leak are the least likely to unfold. More on this as it becomes available.

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