Tuesday, June 26, 2012
6/26/2012 06:37:00 PM | Posted by Jacob Noble | Edit Post
Well I am sure you have heard the news that the Houston Rockets sent Chase Budinger to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the 18th pick, giving Houston three first round draft picks on their quest to secure a bigger part. What that bigger part is you ask? Well let me allow smarter people to break it down for you.
"Houston has been undaunted by Howard's private insistence that he wants a trade to only the Brooklyn Nets or Dallas Mavericks, sources said. Houston is willing to make a deal for Howard, believing it can convince him to re-sign before he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2013. Rockets GM Daryl Morey has been determined to use the assets on his roster to secure a high-level league star." - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo
"The sexy storyline is Houston’s Dwight Howard end game: the possibility that the Rockets are trying to obtain a cache of first-round picks to dangle before the Magic, along with an expiring contract (probably shooting guard Kevin Martin’s) and salary-cap relief." - Zach Lowe - SI
"Monday, reports surfaced that the Rockets were in full pursuit of Dwight Howard, hoping to move up with either their own pick or the pick they obtained from New York in 2010, along with potentially Kyle Lowry, into the top 10. This move would indicate that they're trying to pull in more assets for a deal." - Matt Moore - CBS
"As far as Chase Budinger goes, I love this deal for the Wolves. Is Chase Budinger a future star in the NBA? No. It’s also unlikely the Wolves would have picked up a wing player at 18 that would have provided the instant production that Chase will bring to the team. Terrence Ross falling to the Wolves seems like the only way the team could have maximized this pick. Otherwise, it’s a lot of square pegs into holes that already have square pegs there." - Zach Harper - Truehoop