I would like to apolotize in advance, this is my first post and I suck at writing. But I would like to know some of your thoughts about the Rockets and this year's draft. Not necessarily prospects that would fit nicely, but rather a possibility of drafting an impact player with superstar potential. I know a lot of roster moves can happen before the draft, and I also know that there is a lot of uncertainty with a lockout looming.
The draft is 52 days away, and the Rockets hold the 14th, 23rd, and 38th picks. We know that Houston has had some recent sucess with their picks, but let's face it, Patterson and Budinger aren't players you will build a franchise around. As it looks right now, assuming the Rockets add at least 1 player through Free Agency, there will be 13 players vying to make the roster. That's not including the potential 3 players drafted. So to say that roster changes are looming would be an understatement. But are there other options with these "pieces" or "assets?" Take for example the Toronto Raptors and their situation. They have 5 expiring contracts this summer, leaving them with only 10 players on their roster. What may be more interesting, is that they only have 1 draft pick this summer, the (projected) #3 overall pick. Colagelo and Co. have had some decent drafts in recent future, with the likes of Demar DeRozan and Ed Davis. They have also openly expressed the interest in acquiring a more traditional center to play alongside Bargniani. I'm not going to get into proposterous trade ideas, I will save your time. Also, I don't have one of those trade value charts, but if Houston were to package their 3 picks for Toronto's (projected) #3, Colangelo might listen, but then again I could see him laughing.
Make no doubt about it, this year's draft has lost value with a lot of stars choosing to return to college. But should Houston's front office entertain the idea of packaging their picks to move into the top 5? I'm not just talking about the proposed Toronto situation, just in general. With Derrick, Kemba, Kanter, Kyrie, and Brandon Knight available, it might be hard not to. What do you guys think?
Edit: The draft positions are projected and not for certain.