The Houston Rockets are trying to swing a deal that will give them a top 10 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, ESPN.com’s Chad Ford and Marc Stein reported Sunday night.
Citing sources, Ford and Stein reported that the Rockets are talking with both the Sacramento Kings about the No. 5 pick and with the Toronto Raptors about the No. 8 pick. The Rockets have two first-round picks — No. 14 and No. 16.
The deal breaker, though, could be point guard Kyle Lowry. Ford and Stein reported that the Raptors are significantly interested in the 26-year-old Lowry, but it remains to be seen if the Rockets are willing to part with him.
The Raptors have been especially fond of Lowry, who has been regarded for months as a borderline untouchable in Houston but more recently has publicly expressed his dissatisfaction with Rockets coach Kevin McHale. Whether the Rockets are indeed prepared to part with Lowry, as talks with the Kings, Raptors and other teams continue, figures to be one of the bigger stories of draft week.
The Rockets reportedly have eyes for Connecticut center Andre Drummond, who is regarded as the draft’s premier big man after likely No. 1 pick Anthony Davis from Kentucky.