Yahoo: Latest Draft Buzz

Yahoo: Latest Draft Buzz

Postby JSM on Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:55 pm

Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo wrote:
New Jersey Nets general manager Rod Thorn remains uncertain whether he wants to hold onto the third pick to draft Derrick Favors and is aggressively entertaining trade bids, league sources said.

“Rod doesn’t love that spot right now,” a source with knowledge of the Nets’ thinking said. “He’s willing to get out of there and go down.”

The Detroit Pistons would love to get to No. 3 and draft Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins, sources said, but the two teams haven’t been able to get anywhere on a possible package. The Pistons engaged Sacramento on the fifth spot, but Kings GM Geoff Petrie wants to take Cousins and keep him.

Detroit is no longer making calls to move up and is planning to use its pick at No. 7, league sources said. Georgetown’s Greg Monroe tops Ed Davis on the Pistons’ board.

Thorn plans to draft Favors, the Georgia Tech freshman, should he keep the pick. Nevertheless, Favors is still seen as a young prospect who will likely have to wait two years to develop into a productive player. For the right package, sources said Thorn would be willing to drop down and take Monroe or Baylor’s Epke Udoh.

– Adrian Wojnarowski, 1:30 p.m. ET, June 24


Raptors like Patterson

Of the players who figure to be available for the 13th pick, the Toronto Raptors appear to like Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson the best, league sources said.

Nevada forward Luke Babbitt, Kansas guard Xavier Henry and Fresno State guard Paul George are also on the Raptors’ short list.

– Marc J. Spears, 1:55 p.m. ET, June 24


Clippers want Aminu

The Los Angeles Clippers have entertained offers for the No. 8 pick, but if Wake Forest forward Al-Farouq Aminu is still on the board they plan to take him, barring an unexpected drop from someone in the draft’s top six.

– Marc J. Spears, 1:55 p.m. ET, June 24


Jazz want Babbitt?

An executive with a team that’s targeting Nevada’s Luke Babbitt fears the Utah Jazz will take him with the ninth pick.

– Adrian Wojnarowski, 1:55 p.m. ET, June 24


Thunder eye lottery pick?

A day after acquiring the 18th pick, the Oklahoma City Thunder are still working hard to move into the lottery, and sources said the team’s possible target could be Butler’s Gordon Hayward.

So far, Oklahoma City has been unsuccessful in trying to get New Orleans’ 11th pick, sources say.

The Thunder traded the No. 32 pick for No. 18 and Miami Heat guard Daequan Cook(notes) on Wednesday. They also hold the 21st selection.

The Indiana Pacers have been dangling the 10th pick in hopes of getting a young point guard, but league sources said it’s unlikely the Thunder would agree to a proposed deal that involves the 18th and 21st selections and Eric Maynor(notes).

Adrian Wojnarowski, 12:26 p.m. ET, June 24

Heat like Vasquez

If Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez gets out of the first-round, don’t expect him to get past the Miami Heat with the 32nd pick, league executives say.

Adrian Wojnarowski, 12:26 p.m. ET, June 24


Richards to come to U.S.

Despite suggestions otherwise, British center prospect Ryan Richards – a potential target for Sacramento with the 33rd pick – doesn’t want to return overseas next season, a source said. He plans to play in the NBA or D-League.

Adrian Wojnarowski, 12:26 p.m. ET, June 24


Grizzlies like Pondexter

League sources said Washington forward Quincy Pondexter ranks high on the Memphis Grizzlies’ draft board and could be available when they pick at No. 25.

Marc J. Spears, 12:26 p.m. ET, June 24
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