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Andre Drummond probably won’t slip to Pistons if Rockets trade up

Chad Ford and Marc Stein of ESPN:

Although sources stressed that no deal is imminent, Sacramento (No. 5) and Toronto (No. 8 ) have let Houston know that their top-10 selections are available. Sources say that the Rockets, in turn, have made both of their first-round picks available (No. 14 and No. 16), but the key to any trade going through could be point guard Kyle Lowry.

What’s clear from the Rockets’ end, sources say, is the player they’re fondest of in the upper reaches of the draft: UConn big man Andre Drummond. Many scouts believe Drummond has the second highest upside of any player in the draft behind consensus No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis, but the 7-foot, 279-pounder would almost certainly still be available at No. 5.


  • Jun 25, 20129:34 am
    by Daye and Knight


    The trade for Houston would give them a higher pick so they could trade that pick for Dwight Howard and Orlando would almost certainly grab Drummond if that’s the case, but I don’t know if it’ll work because Orlando would have to agree to a deal 1st otherwise Houston would be doing this for nothing…either way, today is big cause of the guys we’re bringing in to work out hopefully one of them makes it much more clear on who we should take at #9

  • Jun 25, 20129:40 am
    by John


    Thornton and No 5 for No 9, Prince,and Daye?
    Walton(amnesty),No 4 and 24 for all our picks and Charlie V?

    • Jun 25, 201210:53 am
      by Patrick Hayes


      You can’t trade for a player and then amnesty him, so the Walton scenario wouldn’t work. They’d have to keep him or reach some sort of non-amnesty buyout, in which case he’d still count against the salary cap.

    • Jun 25, 20127:17 pm
      by tarsier


      Thornton has more value than Prince. The 5th pick obviously has more value than the 9th. Daye has negligible value. No way Sacramento accepts that offer.

      Walton has more value than CV (just because his contract isn’t as bad). The 4th pick obviously has more value than the 9th. I would guess the 24th pick has more value than the 39th and the 44th combined. This would be a long shot if you removed the 24th pick, but then it would at least be somewhat conceivable.

  • Jun 25, 201210:34 am
    by DG


    The problem for Houston is that both teams have said that they want some veteran leadership more than draft picks themselves.  Makes me wonder if Houston would be interested in trading both draft picks to Detroit if Drummond fell to the Pistons.  I do think, however, that Milwaukee would pounce on Leonard and/or Henson at #12.  Both of them may be gone at #14.  But the Pistons might be able to pull off a pair like Perry Jones III and Zeller.  The advantage of that is they can take a risk on a potential star (Jones)while still getting more ready NBA talent now (Zeller).

  • Jun 25, 201210:38 am
    by domnick


    why are we not sold to Moultrie?

  • Jun 25, 201210:58 am
    by DG


    I’m not sold on Moultrie because he doesn’t seem to take defense seriously.  The Pistons need a complimentary big to Monroe and that means a guy that plays tough defense.

  • Jun 25, 201211:05 am
    by jake


    if the kings’ pick is available, why are we not jumping all over it?

  • Jun 25, 201211:55 am
    by Mark


    eh, this sounds more like anothet hair-brained scheme by Daryl Morey, than anything thats likely to happen by Thursday night.

    Trade Lowry for #8 – not likely

    Trade 14/16 for #5 – possible

    Trade #5 and #8 for Dwight Howard – very unlikely

    • Jun 25, 201211:58 am
      by Mark


      In other words, too many things have to happen for this 4-team trade to be completed, and each part of the process is going to be difficult to complete by itself, let alone have all 3 transactions completed by Thursday, with a new GM in ORL who is probably nto looking to rush into trading Howard 1 week into his job.

      How often do 4 team trades get executed? Not very often

    • Jun 25, 20127:21 pm
      by tarsier


      I feel like it would be more realistic to trade Lowry for #5 and 14/16 for 8. Lowry is worth more than the 8th pick. The 4 team deal still wouldn’t go down, but that’s not the point.

  • Jun 25, 20127:19 pm
    by Eric


    Why doesn’t Joe D. make a deal to move up to 5 and draft Drummond.  He stands out more than the other bigs we could get at 9.  Depends on on if SAC would be interested in our #9 pick, and any players on our roster, or future picks. Anyone beside Knight, Stuckey, Monroe, and Jerebko can be traded at this point, no one else has shown enough here in Detroit.  

    Bynum, Gordon, Villanueva, Singler, Macklin, and Daye I wouldn’t miss if they were traded.

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