The Houston Rockets continue to add assets for Thursday night’s NBA draft in an effort to convince the Orlando Magic to trade Dwight Howard.
The Rockets have reached a deal that will give them the 18th overall pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves for wing Chase Budinger and the rights to Israeli forward Lior Eliyahu.
Houston now holds the 14th, 16th and 18th picks in the draft, and the Rockets could use those picks to move up in the draft.
Ultimately, the Rockets hope to put together a trade offer of draft picks and established players — perhaps point guard Kyle Lowry and/or shooting guard Kevin Martin — for Howard and perhaps one of the Magic’s high-priced veterans.
Will that be enough to entice the new young Magic GM Rob Hennigan? Should it be enough? Many feel as though the Magic should wait until the final hour to get the best deal they can possibly get.
But what if the market doesn't get any hotter for Dwight? You can't let him leave for nothing, and what better way to start a new era of Magic basketball than with three 1st round picks (and Kyle Lowry or Kevin Martin)?
Rob Hennigan has some decisions to make and today on Open Mike, we're going to help him make them...
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