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Friday, June 23, 2006

Rockets Draft Tidbit

This year's version of the NBA Draft may make up for what it lacks in big-name appeal by providing an above-average amount of unpredictabilty and deal-making, at least if ESPN's Chad Ford's sources are correct. No one seems certain about the top eight picks, except for Arn Tellem, whose clients include LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy. Aldridge and Roy, according to Ford's blog on ESPN.com, refused to work out on Thursday for Charlotte's new executive, some guy named Michael Jordan, not because of injury, but instead because Tellem is "very comfortable with where they are going in the draft". Charlotte picks #3. Does that mean Aldridge and Roy are going #1? Is Toronto's hiring of Maurizio Gherardini as their new Vice President and assistant general manager a sign that the Raptors are going to spend their #1 overall pick on Bennetton's own Andrea Bargnani?

The most interesting tidbit that Ford provides for Rockets' fans is the thought that the Rockets are rumored to be interested in moving Luther Head and their #8 pick in return for the #5 or #6 pick in the first round, a move which Ford speculates would be motivated by the Rockets' desire to draft Brandon Roy. If it costs the Rockets Luther Head to get Brandon Roy, I'm okay with that. Head was courageous and valuable to the Rockets last year, but only because the Rockets were awful. Head is nothing more than a fourth-string guard on a playoff team, while Roy would step in and start at the shooting guard position for Houston on Day One of training camp.


Blogger Tim said...

I can't imagine that anyone with a higher pick than the Rockets would be happy with the #8 pick and Luther Head in exchange for giving up on a shot at Brandon Roy. Roy has a chance to be a special player in the league.

Fri Jun 23, 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Agreed. I just can't imagine that Roy slips all the way to #6. I could see Stro being used as bait to move up, but why take a smaller, less-talented guard in Head just to move down two spots? Seems like idle chatter to me...but I hope not.

Fri Jun 23, 04:40:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Anyone that would want Swift over Head is insane. I supported the signing last year, but man...the guy is the very definition of a dog.

Fri Jun 23, 05:07:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Yeah, but he's a 6'10" dog who can jump through the roof. The Association always seems to provide limitless Takes Two to guys like that. Unless you smoke crack like The Birdman.

Fri Jun 23, 11:38:00 PM  

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