The 2012 NBA Draft rumors are sure to get interesting over the next 48 hours, but fallout from the weekend's trade talk is still coming to the surface. Some of the latest is seeming confirmation that the Houston Rockets will make a deal with the Sacramento Kings in their convoluted approach to acquiring Dwight Howard.
The Rockets were said to be trying to use their 14 and 16 picks to move up into the first round with the Kings and Toronto Raptors, respectively. Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick connected the dots in his latest column and explained how it seems the Kings are definitely involved, among other things.
Sources confirmed an ESPN.com report from Sunday night that Sacramento was among the teams talking with the Rockets, and it made perfect sense then that the Kings were suddenly bringing in a number of prospects expected to be taken later than their fifth pick. St. John's small forward Moe Harkless is among them, and the way in which he agreed to a Monday workout was revealing.
Harkless worked out for Golden State (No. 7) on Sunday, and was then asked by the Kings to come by on Monday before leaving the region. The unique part, I was told, was that the workout was enough of an organizational priority that at least one member of the Maloof family that owns the team was among those team representatives doing the asking.
Whether a trade ultimately gets done probably depends on if the Orlando Magic is going to accept the Rockets' new package, but it seems that Sacramento is at least preparing to move down on Thursday night.
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