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Rockets draft Rudy Gay, trade him plus Stro Swift for Shane Battier

We haven't slept a wink. That's what happens when you watch your favorite team pick the player you felt since Day 1 would be the dream selection for them ... and then watch them promptly trade him away. Yes, the Rockets picked Rudy Gay at #8, but they quickly packaged him, along with Stromile Swift, to the Grizzlies for Shane Battier. Clutch likes Battier, but didn't like the price they paid nor the short-term thinking used. The pick-and-deal wasn't the only activity for the Rockets, who drafted sharpshooting forward Steve Novak at #32 and struck a deal at #44 with the Orlando Magic in order to get Lior Eliyahu. Israeli NBA commentator Yaron Talpaz gives us the straight scoop on Eliyahu.

And the Mock Draft Madness winner is...
Jul 6 - "candlegreen" destroys the competition in Mock Draft Madness 2006
Grizzlies' West has no problems talking
Jun 29 - While Rockets say they can't discuss any deal, Memphis talks openly about it
Talpaz: Eliyahu has a lot of potential
Jun 29 - Yaron Talpaz knows quite well about Israel's Lior Eliyahu, who the Rockets acquired from Orlando on draft night for cash considerations
WHAT?! Swift, Gay dealt for Battier
Jun 29 - Houston fans absolutely stunned as team ships 8th pick, Swift to Memphis for Shane Battier
Rockets draft Steve Novak at 32
Jun 28 - Houston selects 6-10 sharpshooting Marquette forward in second round
Celtics trade #7 to Portland
Jun 28 - Sebastian Telfair goes to Boston in a deal that could sting the Rockets
Final thoughts before the draft
Jun 28 - Some final comments just hours away from the NBA Draft...
 
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Rodney Carney #8
Rodney Carney
6-7 SF - Memphis

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Updated: June 28, 2006
1. Rudy Gay
Still my number 1 choice for Houston, but he won't be around at no. 8. Just an amazing physical talent.
2. Brandon Roy
Solid in all facets and absolutely fills the biggest current need of the Rockets.
3. Ronnie Brewer
Carney's measurements came in smaller and Brewer's athleticism higher than both were expected.
4. Randy Foye
I think Brewer is more of what they need now, but Foye would provide toughness and a true third-scorer.
5. Shelden Williams
Really has moved up the charts - could be a great low post intangibles guy for the Rockets.
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