Houston Rockets trading down at NBA Draft Pro #1: They’ll know who their trade partner wants
The Rockets won’t be trading the second pick away blindly. They’ll have a very good idea of who each team is targeting with their picks so they should know who will be available to them.
When the Celtics traded the number one pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for the number three pick ahead of the 2017 NBA draft they knew that they wanted to select Jayson Tatum and that he would be there at three. The Celtics thought Tatum was the best prospect in that draft but knew they could land him and more assets by trading back in the draft.
For instance, if the Rockets think Jalen Suggs or Jalen Green is the right player for them and they’re confident that if they trade down that one of them will be there then trading the second pick becomes an easy decision. Trade out of two, land your favorite Jalen, add another first-round pick or player and the Rockets will have executed the trade down of their dreams.
The Rockets will know who they think are the true franchise cornerstones and how other NBA teams value them. Trading down isn’t some blind exercise, it is a highly coordinated and well-thought-out process where a team lands a player they covet while adding more assets for the future.
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