from the ny daily news:
In Tuesday's draft, the top two picks are almost guaranteed to be Utah big man Andrew Bogut to Milwaukee at No. 1 and North Carolina's heralded freshman Marvin Williams to Atlanta at No. 2. From then on, it's a real crapshoot.
The Blazers are open to dealing the No. 3 pick, but they've been insisting that backup Ruben Patterson be part of the deal. Few teams want to take on Patterson's baggage.
The Lakers have been considering a move up to No. 3 to land Illinois PG Deron Williams. They need to upgrade the spot and Phil Jackson likes big guards. Caron Butler and Devean George have been mentioned in a potential trade.
The Lakers have also talked to Indiana about trading for Jonathan Bender and, for the first time, the Pacers are open to moving him. He's been one of the great teases of recent years, since heading right to the pros from high school as the fifth pick overall in 1999. Even if he did beat Bird at games of H-O-R-S-E, he has never been able to stay healthy. He missed 75 games this past season and 182 games in his first five seasons, out of a possible 410.
The Pacers have always been opposed to moving him because they know that you can give up too quickly on a high schooler. They got the benefit of that when they got Jermaine O'Neal from Portland after he had given the Blazers four uneventful seasons.
But the Pacers have talked to the Lakers about sending the 6-11 Bender to L.A., with the 17th pick, for Slava Medvedenko and the No. 10. With the 10th pick, the Pacers would hope to land UConn's Charlie Villanueva. But with Isiah Thomas looking to go big, Villaneuva might be gone at No. 8 to the Knicks before Indiana gets to pick. He and Texas prep star Gerald Green work out for Thomas today. Thomas has been sending out signals that he will take Arizona big man Channing Frye at No. 8, but that might be to force Golden State to make a deal. The Warriors are said to be looking to get Frye at No. 9.
im hoping the bender trade isnt that one. most likely that is just the ny daily news being stupid.