We spoke to Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey and Houston Rockets Director of Scouting Arturas Karnisovas after the draft tonight.  Below are those videos.  We also spoke to Houston Rockets draftee Royce White via phone – the audio of that conversation can be accessed by clicking the link below.

The laughter during Morey’s answer to my first question was due to the fact that earlier in the presser, Morey had mentioned that the team had made another trade which he could not announce due to league regulations.  As we learned, the alluded deal was the purchase of a second round pick.

My sincerest apologies for the formatting on these: this was the first time I used my Iphone to record (I used a flipcam in years past) and stupidly recorded horizontally.  After rotating the clips in imovie….well, you see the finished products…

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Lamb is a 6’4 guard out of Connecticut.

White is a 6’8 forward from Iowa State.

Jones is a 6’9 forward from Kentucky.

It was a bad day for me personally as my Twitter account was either hacked or suspended for some reason.  Thus, as you probably noticed, no live tweeting of the draft.  Why today of all days?

As you all know, I know nothing about any of these players but the guys here in the media room were pretty happy with Lamb and White and puzzled–to put it lightly–by the Jones pick.  As I write this, many believe Jones could possibly be dealt.

This was a shock, to say the least.  I was pretty confident that whatever happened, the team would not be picking three times.  With Motiejunas already coming over, things didn’t add up financially.  One of these guys could still get dumped, but for now, it looks like the Rockets will be keeping all three rookies.

All of the buzz leading up to tonight, even on a national level, was of the Rockets potentially acquiring either Dwight Howard, some other star, or moving up into the draft.  Any of those things are easier said than done, but those scenarios had become the expectation.  To that end, this outcome might seem a bit disappointing.

Still, it’s early, as other moves could be made or these players could pan out to something.  We will see.

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2012 NBA Draft

 

2012 NBA Draft: Where Morey tries to trade for every single pick in the first round.

Thursday, 6:50pm EST @ ESPN

Join us in the chat room during the draft.

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Inside 24 hours…

I hesitate to write this as it will just be outdated once going to press.  Has there been a crazier pre-draft buildup than this?  Certainly not in Rockets history, but moreso, I can’t even remember the last time ANY NBA team created this much buzz with successive manuevers leading up until the big day.  I suppose the aspect of this that makes it most intriguing are the stakes: Morey has to get the picks to get the 2nd best player in the game who also happens to not want to come.

To recap: Yesterday, the team traded Chase Budinger to Minnesota for the #18 (A+), and today, they dealt Sam Dalembert and the #14 to Milwaukee for the #12 and others.  Various rumors broke of Houston’s pursuit of the #5 and Josh Smith, and in between Clyde Drexler was reported to have made some stupid comments.

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As the Houston Chronicle reported earlier this morning:

Loading up for a move to get that long-sought franchise star or a move up in the first round, the Rockets dealt forward Chase Budinger to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a first-round pick in Thursday’s draft. The Rockets will acquire the 18th pick to send Budinger to the Timberwolves, reuniting him with former coach Rick Adelman.

First let’s get the most important part of this deal out of the way: by acquiring the 18th pick, the Rockets now have three first rounders (18, 16, and 14) to play with, creating a complicated mix and match with the tradable players on their current roster (aka everyone under contract) to get lottery picks that will only serve as a means to the end, which is Dwight Howard. [read more…]






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