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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