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(ESPN)   Houston Rockets trade role player to move up in the draft, thus bringing them one step closer to their goal of acquiring Dwight Howard. This is not a repeat from yesterday   (espn.go.com) divider line 17
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2012-06-27 06:42:48 PM  
Which edition does he play?
 
2012-06-27 07:09:20 PM  
Bad move. Howard won't stay there because of Olajuwon.

He won't go anywhere that a dominant player, especially a center, has won a championship. They'll lose him in a year if they get him. Let him go to Brooklyn and fail there.
 
2012-06-27 07:32:06 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: Bad move. Howard won't stay there because of Olajuwon.


Agreed. Would much rather see Houston build around Dragic and Scola - throw the bank at Hibbert, or Garnett if you're looking for a rental.
 
2012-06-27 07:43:43 PM  

PunchDrunkPanda: Agreed. Would much rather see Houston build around Dragic and Scola - throw the bank at Hibbert, or Garnett if you're looking for a rental.


Trade Lowry and the pick to Lakers for Pau Gasol.
 
2012-06-27 08:41:55 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: PunchDrunkPanda: Agreed. Would much rather see Houston build around Dragic and Scola - throw the bank at Hibbert, or Garnett if you're looking for a rental.

Trade Lowry and the pick to Lakers for Pau Gasol.


Not a terrible trade at all. I would love to see the Rockets get over the hump in the West.
 
2012-06-27 09:47:55 PM  

PunchDrunkPanda: AdolfOliverPanties: Bad move. Howard won't stay there because of Olajuwon.

Agreed. Would much rather see Houston build around Dragic and Scola - throw the bank at Hibbert, or Garnett if you're looking for a rental.


I love the hell out of Scola, but he's almost 33. Not a guy you'd normally build around talent wise or age wise.
 
2012-06-27 10:16:01 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: Bad move. Howard won't stay there because of Olajuwon.

He won't go anywhere that a dominant player, especially a center, has won a championship. They'll lose him in a year if they get him. Let him go to Brooklyn and fail there.


Simmons had a pretty good point in his column today. If you assume that there's even a 25% chance of getting D12 to sign a long term deal in Houston, then that's basically the same odds you get from going to the mattresses for a season and hoping to win the lottery. And option 1 has you in the playoffs for a year and maybe lets you do a sign and trade.

I guess the real question here is: Will Orlando take just two of these picks/players for Howard, or will it take all three first rounders? Getting up to #12 certainly helps, but if I'm Orlando I think I might hold out for all three, even if that meant not getting Scola or someone's expiring contract. It might be possible for Orlando to walk away from this draft with like Meyers Leonard, Perry Jones, Teague, and maybe even Royce White or Terrence Jones if they manage to hold onto their #19. That would be something to get excited about for Orlando.
 
2012-06-27 10:41:35 PM  

Gunny Highway: AdolfOliverPanties: PunchDrunkPanda: Agreed. Would much rather see Houston build around Dragic and Scola - throw the bank at Hibbert, or Garnett if you're looking for a rental.

Trade Lowry and the pick to Lakers for Pau Gasol.

Not a terrible trade at all. I would love to see the Rockets get over the hump in the West.


Terrible trade for the Lakers. He's a nice player, but only a slight upgrade over Sessions and not worth giving up an all-star type big. Not to mention the salaries aren't even close to matching up. Scola needs to be included in this deal just as a starting point.

As far as going after Howard, good luck with that one. I'm not trading for that guy unless he signs a max year deal before he gets there. He's not worth a rental unless he immediately makes your team a title contender.

One of the stupidest moves in recent history is Dwight opting into the final year of his deal. He's made LeBron's exit strategy from Cleveland look brilliant in comparison.
 
2012-06-27 10:54:48 PM  
Stay out of the West Dwight. Its already too damn competitive. Go help out some East team so there are more the 2 good teams in the East (Magic looked ok till he got hurt honestly).
 
2012-06-27 11:05:08 PM  
Something makes me think John Hammond in Milwaukee doesn't know what he's doing during the draft. Like he drinks a case of Schlitz a day before breakfast after the Finals are over. Last year he dropped back two or three spots and swapped Corey Maggette's shiatty contract for FARKING CRAZY Stephen Jackson's shiatty contract. This year he's dropping back two spots for an over-the-hill center that's a more expensive version of Udoh. Unless they find a few more nickels in the couch cushion for Ilyasova (but they won't, someone will overpay him) or move Jennings/Ellis the Bucks might as well start watching Kentucky's summer practices.
 
2012-06-27 11:08:49 PM  

coolio mack: He's not worth a rental unless he immediately makes your team a title contender.


A healthy Howard makes almost any team a title contender.
 
2012-06-27 11:32:05 PM  

Komplex: coolio mack: He's not worth a rental unless he immediately makes your team a title contender.

A healthy Howard makes almost any team a title contender.


Except the Magic?
 
2012-06-27 11:57:45 PM  

Komplex: coolio mack: He's not worth a rental unless he immediately makes your team a title contender.

A healthy Howard makes almost any team a title contender.


I can't see it as a one year rental, because the trading team would be giving up too many assets. As a long term solution, sure. But he's not gonna be the clear out, go to guy you need to win games down the stretch. He needs a strong guard (and strong personality) to run the team. A CP3/Deron Williams/Rondo type of guy. The one Finals he did get to, Rashard Lewis and Turkoglu were still playing at an all-star level.

I just don't trust the guy. He doesn't seem to get enough of his natural size/athletic ability and hasn't gotten better at all the past five years. Even ignoring the atrocious FT shooting, his low post game remains non-existent. When you're the franchise player, you have to take the approach to get better every offseason and add to your game. It speaks volumes that he's had Patrick Ewing at his disposable most of his career and hasn't been able to learn anything from him.

At 27 and going into his ninth season, "Superman" should be getting the LeBron type pressure to win his first ring.
 
2012-06-28 09:19:28 AM  

coolio mack: He's a nice player, but only a slight upgrade over Sessions


Ummm... no? Lowry is a HUGE upgrade over Sessions. He's a good passer, a GREAT defender, and is a good rebounder. The only thing he really has a problem with is finishing, but it's not like Sessions is great at that, either.
 
2012-06-28 11:01:24 AM  
Harden to Charlotte for the number 2 pick?
 
2012-06-29 01:25:58 AM  
Dork Elvis is really gettin on my nerves with this draft... Also, no thanks on a broken-down Gasol.
 
2012-06-29 01:25:16 PM  
Instead they have three really good picks.

Certainly better than the Cavs trading 4 good picks for two backups.
 
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