NBA Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Who's on the Block with NBA Draft Order Set
Now that the draft order is set for the 2012 NBA draft, the focus shifts from who will be drafted to which current stars could be dealt prior to draft day on June 28.
There are some teams that could be tempted to deal their lottery pick for a chance to land a veteran starter. One of these teams could be the Golden State Warriors, who, as Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa Times reports, could ultimately deal the No. 7 pick in order to land the small forward they desperately need.
With that being said, here's a look at a few guys who could be on the block now that the draft order is set in stone.
Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers
Iguodala seems to land on the trade block every year prior to the draft, and this year won't be an exception, as Thompson says that he could be a guy that the Warriors could dangle the No. 7 pick for.
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Gordie Jones of CSNPhilly.com also notes that dealing Iguodala and the $30.6 million he is owed over the next two seasons could be a serious option for the Sixers as they look to improve over getting to the second round of the playoffs this season.
Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies
After back-to back playoff appearances, the Grizzlies may seem crazy to deal Gay.
But Memphis has a ton of money tied into four players, and improving in other areas will be very difficult to do given the fact that the Grizzlies are currently over the cap for next season with $63.4 million committed to the 2013 season already.
Gay is one of the players that the Warriors will target, according to Thompson.
Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
Smith made it know at the trade deadline that he wants out of Atlanta, as Hawks beat writer Michael Cunningham reported before the trade deadline in March.
Just like the other two players mentioned, Thompson reports that it wouldn't be surprising to see Golden State make a run at Smith.
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Howard regrets the fact that he opted into the final year of his contract with the Magic and would like to be traded immediately.
That's bad news for the Brooklyn Nets, who didn't get to keep their first-round pick as it fell outside of the top three.
Landing with the team of his choice may not be possible for Howard anymore, as he's lost a ton of leverage. However the Magic may look to deal him for the best possible return, and any team with a high lottery pick could use that as a valuable trade chip.
Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
Larry Coon reports that teams still remain interested in trading for the Lakers big man, including the Houston Rockets, who have a pair of first-round picks (No. 14 and No. 16) in June's draft.
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