NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

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Postby JSM on Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:29 pm

MHeislerLATimes: FORGET 'RUMORED,' MYSTERY MAN SPURS WANT TO TRADE UP FOR IS DEFINITELY KLAY THOMPSON... Due in NY yesterday, detoured to SA to meet Pop, RC
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Postby JSM on Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:31 pm

AlexKennedyNBA: Add the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers to the list of teams trying to move into the top ten.
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Postby JSM on Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:33 pm

Chad Ford of ESPN wrote:What's the hottest place to be right now in the NBA draft? It appears to be the mid-lottery.

The Pistons, Bobcats, Bucks and Warriors are getting flooded with calls from teams looking to move into that range.

Among the teams that have made calls? The Rockets (who are offering picks Nos. 14 and 23), the Pacers (No. 15 and Brandon Rush), the Knicks (No. 17 and Toney Douglas) and the Spurs (George Hill).

Sources say the Rockets and Spurs are interested in Jonas Valanciunas if he ends up sliding. The Spurs also are eying Washington State's Klay Thompson, according to sources. The Knicks are looking at both Thompson and Jimmer Fredette with that pick. For the Pacers, it's Fredette.

The bigger question is, will any of them make a deal?

The Pistons are seriously considering the Rockets' offer -- especially if Kawhi Leonard and Tristan Thompson are off the board. The target at No. 14?
Markieff Morris. Morris wowed the Pistons in a big workout Tuesday, and they feel he could still be on the board there.

The Bobcats are in the most interesting situation. They are trying to package picks Nos. 9 and 19 to move up a few spots to get a shot at drafting Leonard. However, if Leonard is off the board, the Bobcats might be inclined to do a deal with Houston or San Antonio.

I don't think the Bucks or Warriors are inclined to do the Spurs trade, as Hill doesn't hold a huge appeal for either team. The Rockets trade might hold some interest, but not until certain players are off the board. Both the Bucks and Warriors have interest in Valanciunas if he falls, and both teams also are fans of Thompson.


Andy Katz of ESPN wrote:Minnesota has four trade scenarios on its board for the No. 2 pick. As of midday Wednesday, the Timberwolves now are leaning toward Arizona’s Derrick Williams over Kentucky’s Enes Kanter of Turkey. But the Wolves are actively listening to offers for No. 2. Phoenix and Washington are two teams that aren’t involved, but Houston, which owns pick No. 14, has proposed at least 10 different options for Minnesota's No. 2.

• San Antonio has offered George Hill to at least one team in the late lottery in an attempt to get into the first 14 picks if it can’t move Tony Parker to Sacramento or Toronto for a spot in the top 10. The Spurs obviously can move only one of the two points -- if at all -- and are attempting to include Richard Jefferson in the deal.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:38 pm

AlexKennedyNBA: The New York Knicks are shopping Toney Douglas, sources confirm. They may package him with #17 to move up or move him for another player.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

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TheHoopsReport: BREAKING: I was told by a trusted league source today at NBA Draft media day that Bismack Biyombo has a medical red flag with his back.
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TheHoopsReport: The source said they still expect Biyombo to be drafted either at 8 by the Pistons or 9 by the Bobcats, despite the back issue.
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Postby JSM on Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:21 pm

DraftExpress: Sounds like Houston has sweetned their offer to Milwaukee, now hearing Courtney Lee's name in trade talk for the #10 pick.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:52 am

Probballdraft: According to a source @thenyknicks have offered the #Kings Douglas, 17, & $3M to move up to 7. SAC wants to move the pick but can do better
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Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:16 am

Probballdraft: Sounds like @Utah_Jazz will select Enes Kanter at 3. Changes whole complexion of lottery.
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KBerg_CBS: Sources say Houston targeting Tristan Thompson if he's there, also have interest in Bismack Biyombo. Kevin McHale wants a big. #NBAdraft
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KBerg_CBS: #NBAdraft buzz: Seeking a big man, #Rockets interested in swapping 14th and 23rd picks with #Pistons for 8th pick, sources tell @CBSSports.
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Probballdraft: Sources tell @Probballdraft that the @Cavs are prepared to select Jonas Valanciunas either at 4 or lower if they trade down. Buyout or not.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:17 am

Chad Ford of ESPN wrote:Is Thunder point guard Eric Maynor worth a lottery pick? Sources say the Thunder have been quietly gauging interest in Maynor during the past few days in an attempt to move up into the top half of the first round. They've spoken to the Kings (No. 7) and Bobcats (No. 9) in particular in the past few days.

Maynor was the 20th pick in the 2009 draft, which was one of the most loaded point guard drafts. With so few quality point guards on the board this year, would a team covet him more than Kemba Walker or Jimmer Fredette?

Who are the Thunder after? Like a lot of teams, it seems they are in hot pursuit of Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas.
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Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:23 am

Jonathan Givony of Draft Express wrote:Vesely appears to have received assurances from the Wizards that he’s indeed the pick, according to reports from NBA teams who have spoken with his camp. With the team’s other top options, Valanciunas and Kanter, off the board, this makes plenty of sense, even if Kawhi Leonard did draw some looks here as well.
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Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:06 am

DraftExpress: Hearing Portland and Orlando are talking about swapping Andre Miller and Jameer Nelson, with the #21 pick going to Orlando.
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nbadraftnet: We hear there is a 3 team deal in the works with Utah moving to 2 Wash to 3 and Minn moving down to 6 #NBAdraft. Players will be involved
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And now things start to get interesting.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:19 am

Chad Ford of ESPN wrote:The Cleveland Cavaliers have the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the draft. But will they also snag another lottery pick?

Sources say the Cavs have been very actively trying to do just that, with a massive $14.5 million trade exception as the device. The offer? Give us your pick and we'll take back a bad contract into our trade exception, which permits the Cavs to take back salary of more than $14 million.

In that scenario, the Sacramento Kings and the Detroit Pistons look like the most intriguing potential partners. Would the Kings be willing to give up the No. 7 pick if the Cavs gave them Ramon Sessions and took back Francisco Garcia? The Kings are already under the salary cap, but Garcia has $12 million over two years on his contract, and Sacramento would love to move him.

Or if it's Detroit at No. 8, Cleveland could swallow an even bigger contract, such as that belonging to Richard Hamilton ($12.5 million next season) or Charlie Villanueva (three years, $24 million remaining).

The Cavs would love to get Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Jonas Valanciunas in the lottery. Or they could also make a stab at getting Minnesota's No. 2 pick for, let's say, the No. 4 and No. 7 (or No. 8) picks.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:43 am

Aaron Smith of NBA Draft.net wrote:We're hearing that there is a 3 team deal in the works between Utah, Washington and Minnesota.

The deal would send the 6th pick and players (and/or cap relief) to Minnesota.

Utah would get the 2nd pick and is targeting Derrick Williams.

Washington would get the 3rd pick and is targeting Enes Kanter.

And Minnesota would move back and dump salary or add veterans such as Paul Millsap.

Minnesota might not be done at that as there is speculation that they would again move 6 to either move down again or for more established veterans.

The deal would likley involve established players. Some names that have been mentioned; Jonny Flynn and Devin Harris.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby escobar8 on Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:50 am

at what time does draft starts...???

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Postby Doc Brown on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:16 am

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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:50 am

DraftExpress: Seems like Robin Lopez's name is being thrown around quite a bit. Don't be surprised to see him moved on draft night.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:04 pm

WojYahooNBA: Kings have made it privately clear that they expect to trade 7th pick, sources say. "They're confident they have deal," one official says.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby Voltron32 on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:33 pm

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WojYahooNBA: Kings have made it privately clear that they expect to trade 7th pick, sources say. "They're confident they have deal," one official says.
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Probably for Felton. Which takes him off our PG list.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:45 pm

tribjazz: Updates: Jazz's Harris is available. ... Phoenix expected to pass on Fredette if he's available at 13. High on Shumpert. Knicks would ...
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tribjazz: ... definitely consider Fredette if he's at 17. ... Jazz's O'Connor very "busy" in last couple hours.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:47 pm

SHowardCooper: Bucks and Bobcats in serious talks in major deal w/ picks and vets, per Rick Bonnell of Charlotte Observer. CLT may end up w/ 2 lotto picks.
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10 and 19 being swapped, I'm guessing. If Bucks are moving a vet, it has to be Gooden or Maggs. Don't know what they'd have to do to get Cats to take on one of those ugly contracts. Would take more than moving up 9 spots. Unless it gets propelled into a 3 team deal and Cats are able to move their two lotto picks + players for a much higher lotto pick.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:08 pm

DraftExpress: Teams calling Sacramento about the #7 pick are being told it's already been moved. Problem is, no one knows to who, or for which player.
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My money is on that being a smokescreen to pressure SA.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:11 pm

GeryWoelfel: Bucks appear to have deal with Sacamento for No. 7
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:19 pm

WojYahooNBA: Milwaukee has a three-way deal with Charlotte and Sacramento, sources say.
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby FabFourLakers on Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:47 pm

So apparently Minny is taking Kanter with the 2nd overall pick...does this mean Utah will draft Derrick Williams? Would he play the 3 or the 4? Imagine if the CAVS got both Irving AND Williams if the Jazz decide to go with Brandan Knight at the point?!
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Re: NBA 2011 Draft Misc. News Thread

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:20 pm

Probballdraft: Being told by a league source that #Spurs trading Tony Parker for 10th pick is likely to happen. Look for SA to target Donatas Motiejunas
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