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Report: Rockets ‘aggressively pursuing’ trade for Pistons’ No. 1 overall pick

The Houston Rockets are not ready to be satisfied with just the second overall selection in the 2021 NBA draft.

According to Shams Charania from the stadium, the Rockets are “aggressively” pursuing the Detroit Pistons ‘No. 1 in the overall standings before the draft on Thursday.

Charania added that Houston attacked Cade Cunningham would if it landed the top pick in this year’s draft, which is no big surprise.

Cunningham is considered the best offspring in this year’s class after just one season in the state of Oklahoma. The Big 12 Player of the Year averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.6 steals per game while he was 43.8% from the field and 40% from the three-point range shot.

Cunningham would no doubt help the Rockets after finishing the 2020-21 season with an NBA worst 17-55. However, the Pistons also need improvement after finishing last in the Eastern Conference with a 20-52 record.

If the Rockets were to rise, they’d have to part with the second overall win and much more more to make it worthwhile for Detroit. The Pistons could then choose between Jalen Green and Evan Mobley in second place overall.

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