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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 in return for Chase Budinger and the rights to Lior Eliyahu according to multiple reports .
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  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 Dwight Howard  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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 according to multiple reports: http://weei.stats.com/nba/story.asp?i=20120626102228612714308&ref=hea&tm=&src=
 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
 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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