It seems that the Houston Rockets are dead set on getting the No. 1 pick of the 2021 NBA Draft.
If they were to acquire the late lottery pick, they are hoping that the draft asset along with their No. 2 pick would be enough to secure a trade with the Detroit Pistons for the No. 1 pick.
More @chadfordinsider: "[The Rockets have] dangled Eric Gordon and one of their late first round picks to the Pacers in exchange for the No. 13 pick in hopes that a combination of 2 and 13 would be enough for the Pistons to move down one spot in the draft."
— Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) July 15, 2021
Houston would be giving up a lot to trade up in the draft. However, it looks like the organization sees Cade Cunningham, the prospect most pundits believe as the favorite for the first overall pick, as a franchise-changing talent and worthy of dealing away players and draft assets for.
Still, it is unclear if the Pistons even want to give up the No. 1 pick. They would probably only do so if they have another player, such as Evan Mobley, Jalen Green or Jalen Suggs, higher than Cunningham on their draft board.