April 16, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Samuel Dalembert (21) leads the fast break against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE
The Rockets may not get Dwight Howard, but it won't be for lack of trying. Houston traded the 14th pick in the draft and Sam Dalembert to the Bucks for their 12th pick, moving up again in Thursday's draft.
The Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news, and it's since been confirmed elsewhere.may not get on draft day, but it won't be for lack of trying. The Rockets traded the 14th pick in the draft and Sam Dalembert to the for their 12th pick in Thursday night's draft.
The Bucks also included, , and as throw-ins in the deal. But the big picture has the Rockets inching a little further up the draft order, and remaining in prime position to deal their way into the top ten. After a trade with the earlier this week netted them the 18th pick in the draft, Houston now has no. 18, no. 16, and no. 12. For the Bucks, they get a quality big man in Dalembert while only moving down two slots in the draft.
And again, Houston's goal here would seem to be packaging these picks for a trade into the upper half of the top 10, and then packaging that pick in a deal for Orlando's Dwight Howard. Will it work? Time will tell, but the Rockets are clearly leaving no stone unturned as the draft approaches.