NBA: Rockets 'aggressive' in pursuing No. 1 overall pick -- report

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Posted at Jul 14 2021 09:21 AM | Updated as of Jul 14 2021 09:45 AM

NBA: Rockets 'aggressive' in pursuing No. 1 overall pick -- report 1
Cade Cunningham #2 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys looks on as they play the Oregon State Beavers during the first half in the second round game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 21, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons, Getty Images/AFP

Last month, the Detroit Pistons won the NBA draft lottery, getting the No. 1 overall selection. But according to a report from the Athletic, the team with the No. 2 selection, the Houston Rockets, is in hot pursuit of No. 1.

The Rockets have reportedly been "aggressive" in attempting to nab the top pick, which is expected by most observers to be Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham, regardless of which team is doing the selecting.

One of the assets the Rockets have dangled is guard Eric Gordon, 32, who averaged 17.8 points and 2.6 assists per game in 2020-21.

Houston also has a war chest of draft picks following its trade of James Harden earlier this year. The Rockets got first-rounders in 2022, 2024 and 2026 in that deal. In this draft alone, Houston holds the No. 2 pick, No. 23 and No. 24.

Houston is in a rebuilding phase after going 17-55 in 2020-21 and ultimately trading Harden on Jan. 14.

The Pistons went 20-52. They last had the No. 1 selection in 1970, when they picked future Hall of Fame forward Bob Lanier.

The full order for the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft:

1. Detroit Pistons

2. Houston Rockets

3. Cleveland Cavaliers

4. Toronto Raptors

5. Orlando Magic

6. Oklahoma City Thunder

7. Golden State Warriors (from Minnesota Timberwolves)

8. Orlando Magic (from Chicago Bulls)

9. Sacramento Kings

10. New Orleans Pelicans

11. Charlotte Hornets

12. San Antonio Spurs

13. Indiana Pacers

14. Golden State Warriors

15. Washington Wizards

16. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Boston Celtics)

17. Memphis Grizzlies

18. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Miami Heat via the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns)

19. New York Knicks

20. Atlanta Hawks

21. New York Knicks (from Dallas Mavericks)

22. Los Angeles Lakers

23. Houston Rockets (from Portland Trail Blazers)

24. Houston Rockets (from Milwaukee Bucks)

25. Los Angeles Clippers

26. Denver Nuggets

27. Brooklyn Nets

28. Philadelphia 76ers

29. Phoenix Suns

30. Utah Jazz

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