HOUSTON (June 29, 2012) -- The Houston Rockets introduced their three draft picks as "a big part for the future" on Friday, while also vowing to refine the roster with more moves this summer.
The Rockets used all three of their first-round draft picks without making any trades on Thursday, selecting Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb (12th), Iowa State forward Royce White (16th) and Kentucky forward Terrence Jones (18th).
Speculation grew this week that Houston was collecting picks aimed toward a blockbuster deal, possibly a push to lure Dwight Howard away from Orlando. After trading Samuel Dalembert on Wednesday, the Rockets need a big man even more now, a need general manager Daryl Morey says will likely be filled in free agency.
Houston went 34-32 last season, missing the playoffs for the third straight year.