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Rockets get 18th overall pick for Chase Budinger, Lior Eliyahu

Posted By Kevin Dillon On June 26, 2012 @ 1:50 pm In General | No Comments

The Rockets have acquired the 18th overall pick in the NBA draft from the Timberwolves [1] in return for Chase Budinger and the rights to Lior Eliyahu according to multiple reports [2].

The deal gives the Rockets the 14th, 16th and 18th overall picks in Thursday’€™s draft, which gives them plenty of ammunition for more trades. The Rockets have been linked to a potential deal [3] involving the Kings’€™ fifth overall pick in the draft, as well another deal involving the Raptors’€™ eighth overall pick.

The Rockets are reportedly using these trades to make a strong push towards acquiring [4]Dwight Howard [4] from the Magic despite the fact that Howard intends to become a free agent at the end of the season.

Budinger, who was the 44th overall pick in the 2009 draft, averaged 9.6 points in 22.4 minutes per game last season. The 6-foot-7 small forward shot 40.2 percent from three-point range last season and is likely to help a Timberwolves team that struggled to score from the wing. Eliyahu is a 6-foot-10, 232 pound forward who was originally  taken with the 44th overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Magic and plays professionally in Israel.


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[1] Timberwolves: http://media.weei.com/basketball/minnesota-timberwolves.htm

[2] according to multiple reports: http://weei.stats.com/nba/story.asp?i=20120626102228612714308&ref=hea&tm=&src=

[3] linked to a potential deal: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/sam_amick/06/26/rockets-timberwolves-trade-draft-chase-budinger/index.html?sct=nba_t2_a3

[4] strong push towards acquiring : http://espn.go.com/nba/draft2012/story/_/id/8097233/minnesota-timberrwolves-send-18th-pick-houston-rockets-sources-say

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