2012 NBA Draft Rumors: Rockets Closing in on No. 5 Pick; Is Thomas on the Block?

Sam Quinn@@Samquinn23Contributor IIIJune 28, 2012

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ESPN is reporting that the Rockets are currently in the lead to acquire the No. 5 pick from the Sacramento Kings. The Kings reportedly want to wait and see if Kansas forward Thomas Robinson is available, and if he is they will take him and turn down a substantial offer from Houston.

The last reported offer Houston made was point guard Kyle Lowry and the No. 16 pick for the No. 5 pick and Carl Landry, which Sacramento turned down. 

Any new trade would likely include at least one of Houston's three first-round picks (No. 12, 16 and 18) and Lowry. It may even include two considering the reports say that the Kings would be turning down "a lot" according to ESPN. 

The big question that nobody seems to be asking is why are the Kings even interested in this? While Kyle Lowry is an excellent player, the Kings don't need a point guard. They have Isaiah Thomas, who had an excellent rookie year.

Thomas was on NBA All-Rookie Second Team and was the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in both February and March and when he started playing big minutes he brought a level of maturity and patience that the Kings needed.

By acquiring Lowry, the Kings are essentially saying that they don't believe in Thomas as their point guard of the future. While Lowry is a better player than Thomas right now, it seems odd that they would give up a top-five pick for the right to pay a slightly better player a lot more money.

One explanation is that Thomas is only 5'9'', which would make him the shortest starting point guard in the NBA. Still, that seems like a poor excuse to give up such a promising young player.

The Kings' pursuit of Lowry implies that Isaiah Thomas is on the block. Whether the Kings have a good offer on the table or if they simply don't want to keep him around is irrelevant, chasing another starting caliber point guard really makes me question Thomas' security on the team.

It's a shame, because Thomas had a great rookie year and looked like he was on his way to a solid career, but the Kings don't seem to feel the same way. 

Personally I'd take Thomas and either Andre Drummond or Harrison Barnes (two potential No. 5 picks) over Lowry and a late lottery or mid-teens type player. The Kings seem to want the latter, which seems like an odd choice unless they have another move planned.