LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12: Kawhi Leonard #15 of the San Diego State Aztecs holds up three fingers after scoring a three-point basket against the Brigham Young University Cougars during the championship game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center March 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. San Diego State won 72-54. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
In case you're just now getting ahold of some Internet, the Milwaukee Bucks -- once thought to be a prime trade target for the Houston Rockets -- traded away the 10th pick in the first round of the NBA Draft to the Sacramento Kings, who traded their seventh pick to Charlotte, who handed Milwaukee their nineteenth pick. A bunch of players were involved, too, but that's not important for the purposes of this post.
First and foremost, what matters to me is how the draft selections will be affected. Sacramento expected to take Jimmer Fredette at ten, leaving open the possibility that Kawhi Leonard could slip to Houston at fourteen, and if Utah takes Leonard at twelve, Houston could grab Kemba Walker without moving, either. Suddenly, a new batch of options have landed into Houston's lap.
I wouldn't be surprised, however, if the Rockets decide to move up regardless of who could land at fourteen. Leonard could go at nine just as easily as he could slip. The eighth pick -- currently owned by Detroit -- would be a prime target should Charlotte snatch Bismack Biyombo from underneath the Pistons' nose. There are many other trade options as well. By the time the night ends, I wouldn't be shocked if another five or six trades went down. As Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com said on Twitter, teams want to get business done before the lockout. Poor draft or not, this is the time to conduct that business.