Rockets draft roundup: The latest on the Rockets’ 2021 NBA Draft plans

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We’re only 10 days away from the start of the 2021 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the rebuilding Houston Rockets have some major decisions to make before they go on the clock on July 29th.

Houston has three valuable first-round choices in 2021 – picks No. 2, 23 and 24 – and given the team’s future assets, there’s a chance we could see a blockbuster draft night trade.

It has been reported that the Rockets have interest in trying to move up to select consensus top prospect Cade Cunningham. Still, the Pistons will have no shortage of potential trade packages should they wish to move the pick, and they might be able to get a better payoff than the Rockets can offer.

Here’s the latest intel from around the internet on where the Rockets stand heading into draft night:

Will the Rockets try to move up?

The Athletic's Sam Vecenie believes the Rockets will take a shot at prying away Cade Cunningham from the Pistons and moving up to the No. 1 pick. Via The Athletic:

"I do think the Rockets will legitimately make an effort to move up to No. 1. They have a lot of future picks from the Harden deal. They have a future Detroit pick from last year’s draft-day trade. If they offered three future firsts plus No. 2, it’s at least a compelling offer if you don’t have quite as high of a grade on Cade Cunningham as I do."

Tre Mann could be falling off the Rockets' radar

From that same Athletic piece, Vecenie reports that Florida guard Tre Mann is not generating the buzz among teams he would have been hoping for, and could slide as far back at No. 40. Via The Athletic:

"Mann is a guy I have not gotten a ton of excitement about through the pre-draft process from teams. Assuredly, teams are interested, and I think he’s likely to go somewhere in the No. 22 to 40 range. But this would be near the top end of his range. I’ve heard a bit more enthusiasm for prospects like Cam Thomas and Joshua Primo, more so than Mann at this point as we are 10 days out from the draft."

Rockets have interest in Green and Suggs, but is Mobley the best talent?

The Rockets are reportedly leaning toward taking G League wing Jalen Green, though it was reported on Friday that some within the organization are making a push for Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs. Over at The Ringer, Kevin O'Connor writes that it's Evan Mobley who ranks No. 2 overall on many executives' draft boards, ahead of both Jalens. Via The Ringer:

"Though Mobley and Suggs remain in consideration, teams are planning for scenarios in which Houston will pick Green. But it’s Mobley who’s ranked second on the draft boards of most executives, scouts, and draft analysts. He has the potential to be a multi-positional defender who can switch on the perimeter or anchor the paint, while also having flexibility as a scorer and passer on offense."

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