From the desk of Swordsman Yen The latest trade rumor swirling around is that the Clippers are offering Lamar Odom to the Rockets in exchange for the #1 overall pick. This would give the Rockets a proven big man that they desperately need, but is the #1 pick too valuable to trade?
Personally i'm not sold on Ming until I see him play, but i know all the scouts are. Is it a good trade for the Clippers? Sure, losing Odom isn't that big of a deal to me. But if I was the Rockets I probably wouldn't do it. I think the thing to consider here is how they would fit in the team. The Rockets have been centered around Hakeem for years, and Ming could take his spot. While I don't know if he really fits into the Clippers type of game. Although Jason Williams added to that team would be nice.
So if i was the Clippers, like I said sure i'd do the trade, if it was just straight up #1 for Odom.
Hey, if you liked Michael Olowokandi, you'll LOVE Yao Ming!!
Seriously tho, whether Ming is eventually good or not, he is sure to be a project for a couple of years. The Rockets are close enough to being good right now (I think they would have made the playoffs if Francis hadn't been hurt so much) that I don't think a project is what they need. If I were them, I would trade down in the draft. You could get a forward in the trade, and you could use the later draft pick to take a center who is closer to being ready (like Curtis Borchardt or Chris Marcus.)
The disturbing thing about this series (and the NBA as whole) is that the games and series are manipulated. If you think either the Spurs or the Lakers was going to win this series in less than 6 you were nuts. It is going to 7.