Cade Cunningham reacts to Rockets possibly trading for No. 1 pick in 2021 NBA Draft
Oklahoma State Cowboys standout Cade Cunningham is confident he’s the top player in the 2021 NBA Draft class, and he’s only willing to talk to the team with the No. 1 pick–be it the Detroit Pistons or Houston Rockets.
Cunningham made the bold decision to talk only with the Pistons after they won the NBA Draft lottery since he believes he wouldn’t get any lower than the top pick. However, should the Rockets trade for the said selection, the 19-year-old shared he’d be ready to have a conversation with the franchise if there is still time.
“I wanted to meet with the team that had the No. 1 pick because I feel like I’m the No. 1 pick,” Cunningham said on meeting with the Pistons, per Jonathan Feigen of Houston Chronicle. “If the Rockets get the No. 1 pick, I’ll meet with them if there’s time.”
The Rockets are still not giving up on possibly trading for the No. 1 selection to get Cade Cunningham in the NBA Draft. In fact, according to a recent report by Kelly Iko of The Athletic, Houston is set to have a conversation with Detroit for a possible deal.
However, it should be noted that the Pistons appear to be leaning more on keeping the top pick unless they are blown away by the Rockets’ offer.
“Concerning the Pistons and the No. 1 pick, the Rockets are expected to have conversations with Detroit this week as the draft inches closer, according to sources. Both sides originally engaged during the draft combine last month in Chicago, with Pistons GM Troy Weaver having a good relationship with Stone and Houston’s front office. The Rockets would love to have the No. 1 pick and are prepared to make an offer for it, although it’s unclear if it would be enough to make the Pistons blink. Barring a cosmic offer, the Pistons will hold the top pick.”
There is less than one week before the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29. With that said, if the Rockets and Pistons are going to make a deal, it should happen rather soon.