Report: Rockets aggressively trying to trade up for Pistons’ No. 1 pick
The Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder and Pelicans are reportedly interested in trading up with the Pistons for the No. 1 pick.
For Houston – which has the No. 2 pick – it might be more than mere due diligence.
Presumably, those Eric Gordon trade talks are separate from trying to trade up with the Pistons. Detroit has little use for the 32-year-old due $37,787,178 over the next two years.
If the Pistons like Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham most, a trade seems unlikely. Houston could offer assets (like the Nos. 2, 23 and 24 picks plus future picks) to trade up, allowing Detroit more chances to draft stars. But teams rarely trade out of the No. 1 pick for that type of package when they also want the consensus top prospect.
However, if the Pistons like someone else – like Jalen Green or Evan Mobley – most, a trade seems likely. Detroit could gets its top choice at No. 2 plus additional assets. It’d just be a matter of negotiating the most-favorable return from the Rockets.