The Spurs are targeting the No. 10 pick (Milwaukee) or the No. 12 pick (Utah) to move up from their spot at No. 29.
The Spurs are offering reserve point guard George Hill as bait to see if there’s a chance they can get a higher pick and choose center prospect Jonas Valanciunas, who is expected to stay overseas with a tricky contract buyout situation. The Bucks, who already have Brandon Jennings as their starting point guard and veteran Keyon Dooling as a backup, aren’t interested in this deal. The Jazz may still be weighing such an offer.
The Rockets-Pistons trade rumor from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com has Houston swapping its two first-round picks (No. 14 and 23) with Detroit to claim the No. 8 spot. If the trade goes through, the Rockets would be looking to add a big man (perhaps Tristan Thompson or Bismack Biyombo) while the Pistons have their eye on Cleveland State point guard Norris Cole at the No. 24 spot.
More details from Berger’s CBSSports.com are below:
Specifically, Berger reports that talks have opened with the Detroit Pistons in a two-for-one swap that would allow the Rockets to get what they really want: a big man. Berger reports that late-riser Tristan Thompson is at the top of the list, along with Congolese phenom Bismack Biyombo.
The Pistons don’t have an outstanding need beyond getting rid of their locker room-cancer vets, so this makes sense. It puts the Pistons in a position to gain more depth without getting stuck with a pick that’s too good not to take, but only in a draft this low on star power. Still, that eight spot will have one of several good prospects available, especially with some of the reaches being discussed. However, it sounds like Detroit’s not the only team Houston is chatting with in an attempt to move up.
Additionally, Berger reports, the Rockets may also be talking with the Bucks in an effort to land the No. 10 pick.