Rockets Land 18th Overall Pick Via Trade With Minnesota
HOUSTON – Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has acquired the 18th pick in this week’s NBA Draft from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for forward Chase Budinger and the draft rights to forward Lior Eliyahu.The Rockets now hold the 14th, 16th and 18th selections in Thursday night’s NBA Draft.
The 18th selection was a pick originally acquired by Minnesota from the Utah Jazz. Budinger (6-7, 218, Arizona) was originally selected by the Detroit Pistons (44th overall) and later acquired by the Rockets in a draft night trade in exchange for a future second round pick and cash considerations.
Budinger averaged 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 210 career games with the Rockets. Eliyahu (6-9, 225, Israel) was originally selected by Orlando in the second round (44th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft, which was a pick acquired by the Magic from the Milwaukee Bucks. Houston subsequently acquired his draft rights from Orlando for cash considerations on June 28, 2006. Eliyahu, who averaged 4.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in four games with the Rockets in the 2007 NBA Summer League, has played with Maccabi Tel Aviv since 2010-11.