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I hesitate to write this as it will just be outdated once going to press.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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The calm before the storm?

UPDATE at 9:30AM: The Rockets have traded Chase Budinger to Minnesota for the #18 pick in Thursday’s draft.

Word broke late Sunday night that the Rockets were exploring ways to acquire both the #5 and #8 picks in Thursday’s draft, hoping to then send those two selections over to Orlando for center Dwight Howard in what would be the boldest move in recent NBA history.’s David Aldridge reported last night that, according to a source, there was “not a chance” Howard would resign with Houston if traded there.  That news comes as expected and won’t deter Houston general manager Morey.  We’ve known all along that Howard’s preference was Brooklyn so it’s predictable that these scare tactics would come forth from his camp.  The simple fact of the matter remains that if acquired, the acquiring team can offer the free-agent-to-be the highest raises and years under the rules of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement.  If anything, Aldridge’s report confirms that for Howard—as would be the case for any rational individual—money is a concern.  Were it not, he would not have waived his option last year and would have just waited to sign with his preferred Nets outright this summer.

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