NBA Trade Rumors: Teams Looking to Deal Draft Pick for Proven Talent

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJune 25, 2012

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With the NBA draft merely days away, several NBA teams will be looking to take advantage of their draft positions in order to acquire more proven talent.

In what is a very deep draft, more than a couple teams will be trying to deal their picks and improve their current teams instantly.

Here's the latest trade buzz around the NBA as it pertains to potential draft day trades.


Houston Rockets

With the No. 14 and No. 16 picks, the Rockets are reportedly trying to swap those two picks in an attempt to move up and grab a pair of top 10 picks. Houston's plan would then be to use those picks in an attempt to land Orlando's Dwight Howard.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the picks Houston could be targeting are No. 5 (Sacramento) and No. 8 (Toronto).


Toronto Raptors

Speaking of Toronto, it has been thought that they will be willing to trade out of the No. 8 spot in an attempt to acquire a veteran wing player or a point guard.

They could be chasing small forwards Luol Deng or Andre Iguodala, or even make a play for Houston point guard Kyle Lowry.


Golden State Warriors

The Warriors would like to come out of this draft with a veteran small forward as well and have been linked to names like Iguodala and Rudy Gay, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.

One name they won't be getting is Deng, as Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports via Twitter that the Bulls have told Deng he won't be traded to Golden State.

The Bulls have privately assured Luol Deng that there's "no chance" of a deal sending him to the Warriors, league source tells Y!

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 25, 2012


Charlotte Bobcats

Michael Jordan's Bobcats are another team reportedly shopping their pick, and according to CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman, the No. 2 pick can be sold for a veteran that can contribute immediately.

That and the addition of extra draft picks makes more sense than possibly holding onto the second overall pick.