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Should the Houston Rockets keep their draft pick this year?

TBILISI, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 25: Isaiah Hartenstein of Germany shoots the ball during the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifier match Georgia against Germany at Tbilisi Sports Palace on February 25, 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo by Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images)
TBILISI, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 25: Isaiah Hartenstein of Germany shoots the ball during the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifier match Georgia against Germany at Tbilisi Sports Palace on February 25, 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo by Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images)
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The Rockets have a second-round pick in this year’s draft. Should they keep it or save money?

The Houston Rockets have the 46th overall pick in this year’s draft. With it, they may want to develop young talent or proven college players, or they may try to trade it away to hold onto the extra cash.

In the past, the team hasn’t been afraid to try to find diamonds in the rough in the second round. That’s what they are attempting to do with Isaiah Hartenstein from last year’s draft. They kept him in Rio Grande Valley to develop and did not have to pay him.

In today’s post, we’ll go into the pros and cons of drafting a player and signing him for the Rockets this year. Let’s get into it:

Why the Rockets should trade their pick away

The Rockets very well might just trade away their second-round pick. That’s what they did last season with one of their selections just to save cap space.

With this summer being an important one for the Rockets as they try to sign another star, they can use all the cap space they can get. Even if it’s just a near-minimum salary, that could potentially be the difference between signing a star and not.

We’ve seen Morey do this in the past, will he do it once more this year?

Why the Rockets should keep their pick

The Rockets as an organization have found success in the second round in the past. Recently, Montrezl Harrell and Chandler Parsons have had good years for the organization.

This 2018 draft is also unusually deep. Some talent that might have been first-round picks last year could potentially slip to the second. There are plenty of good guards and forwards that could help the Rockets this year.

If they do find someone that can play a role with the team this season, they could be a cheap role player to pair with the potentially star-loaded Rockets. It would be a risk, but it could work out very well for Houston.

The team could also draft an international player and stash him overseas this season. That way, Houston would still have his rights and would be able to sign him at some point. While this is less exciting, it might be better than just trading away the pick.

Houston also might just keep the player in the G League like they did Hartenstein last year. No matter what the team does, we will be here to analyze and discuss it with you! Personally, I would like to see the Rockets keep their pick and draft someone.

Stay tuned for a big piece about who Houston could draft if they keep the pick!

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