The Houston Rockets have traded Chase Budinger to Minnesota for the #18 pick.
In Adelman's offense there is not much difference between a 2 and a 3. Chase can shoot and is a nice athlete. I am not sure about this trade as a T-Wolves fan, but I would rather have a proven player than trusting Kahn making a pick. This is definitely an Adelman trade. We still need more pieces. We need an athletic big to pair with Pekovic. Pek is a nice player but limited defensively. I wish we would use our amnesty on Darko. I know Minny is interested in Alexey Shved. I know if they sign him they also would sign one more. I know they are interested in Jamal Crawford, Brandon Roy, and OJ Mayo.. I think they might offer Batum as well, but not sure we have a chance.
As for Lee, I know Minnesota loves him but I am sure Houston is not going to offer him. They like him better than Martin from what I have heard. I would not want Martin. He plays no defense.
For the T-Wolves, I hope we do not trade Williams. I think he is too good to give up on. In a perfect world, he could play small forward. Not sure if he can do that, but even so, I think he can get a lot of minutes for us as he can play spot duty at small forward and power foward when we play small ball and have Love at the 5.
"According to reports in Houston newspapers, the Rockets are targeting Tyreke Evans and the 5th pick for Lowry and those 2 first round picks..."-Rudeboy
So you mean to tell me they will get Evans & Drummond?
Dont they already have enough wings who can shoot, are athletic, but dont create their own shots well?
Lol thanks Minny
I hear the Rockets using the 14th and 16th pick to try to get the Kings 5th, with the addition of a player of course (Scola?) and perhaps using Kyle Lowry and the 18th to trade to the Raptors for their pick and using those two top-ten picks to go after Dwight.
If everything goes correctly and we get some expiring deals, we can end up trading for Dwight this offseason (two top-10 picks + Kevin Martin?) and enticing him to stay in a Rockets uniform by signing Josh Smith in the offseason.
Also, we might end up signing Lee and Dragic to move forward with a line-up of
- Parsons - Morris
- JSmith - Patterson
- Howard - Motiejunas - GSmith
With maybe about 8-12mil of cap-room to fill in the rest of the roster.
They will likely trade the picks for a quality center or to move up and grab Drummond. Sacramento may be in the mix to trade the 5th pick to them... For maybe Kyle Lowry and maybe two of the first round picks...
Houston just officially screwed everyone's mock
Look at DraftExpress's mock draft. Anyone from that 16-25 range could easily bring more to a team than Budinger in my opinion. Hell, Minnesota could take someone like Doron Lamb or Jenkins by trading down and still probably get more value than what Budinger brings. Budinger isn't even a shooting guard. He doesn't fill a need for them.
the twolves front office continues to make me smh
I think it's an awful deal for Minnesota. Budinger really has no value in my opinion, and doesn't address their need of a SG. With the draft as deep as it is, Minnesota had a chance to find a quality prospect at 18. Just another questionable move by the Wolves front office, not surprising.
How on earth is either team a loser in this?
The Rockets pick up a needed pick if they're swinging for the fences with a Dwight deal.
The Wolves pick up Budinger who thrived in Adelman's system and will be effective as a swingman, replacing minutes filled by guys who will be leaving in the shape of beasley and webster.
For those arguing bout getting K-Mart for the 18th pick get real a 20+ ppg guy isn't going for anything lower than an 8th and those arguing about Lee he's about to be a RFA.
The Rockets wouldn't dream of keeping the three picks, they're useless late-loterry to mid-first talent gets you nowhere in this league, you need a superstar to win in the NBA always have always will. The guys going 14, 16, 18 will most likely never make an all-star team, never mind be true superstars.
Around draft time we tend to fall in love with mid-first round guys but many of them will never be anything more than bench/rotation level talent. The Rockets probably acquired this pick to package with their other two picks to go to Sacramento for their fifth so they don't have to take back Evans. Then they will most likely trade Lowry straight up to the Raptors for the eigth pick, because make no mistake he's a top ten pg in this league, when you factor in his rebounding and overall defense.
All of this so the Rockets can throw the 5th, 8th picks plus Dalembert's partially guaranteed, Camby's expiring and either K-Mart or Scola for Howard or K-Mart and Scola for Howard and Turkoglu.
The Magic start over swing for Drummond and possibly swing something to Portland for the sixth so they can take Lillard too.
Who exactly out of those picks do you expect to be better than Budinger?