Sam Amico of Fox Sports wrote:
-- The Knicks and Nets are said to be exploring ways to obtain a first-round pick. The Knicks currently hold the No. 48 overall selection, while the Nets’ first choice comes at No. 57. It may not be as difficult as it sounds, either. According to one general manager, several teams with two first-rounders are looking to trade down. The teams mentioned most include the Trail Blazers, Warriors and Celtics.
-- Weber State point guard Damian Lillard was already considered a top-10 pick, and he seems to have only improved his standing during a workout at the combine Thursday. “Absolutely fabulous,” was how one scout described Lillard. Don’t be surprised if he ends up with the Hornets, who are likely to eye him at No. 10 to pair him with first overall pick Anthony Davis (Kentucky). Lillard has already worked out in front of several teams, including the Cavs.
-- One Eastern Conference GM said he doesn’t expect the Cavs to move up in the draft. “The Bobcats and Wizards certainly appear willing to trade their picks, but right now it seems they’re asking for a lot,” he says. “I haven’t really talked to those teams, but based on what I’m hearing, I’m wondering if I should.”
-- The Hawks supposedly are looking to move up from their No. 23 spot in the first round, with the Grizzlies’ No. 18 pick being mentioned most. “They’re also the one team that seems like a pretty good destination for (Grizzlies small forward) Rudy Gay, if he gets traded,” one GM said.