NBA Draft 2012: Up-to-Minute Trade Rumors
The 2012 NBA draft is just a few hours away, and that means trade rumors are out in full force.
The L.A. Lakers are reportedly still looking to shop Pau Gasol, and the Cleveland Cavaliers could be looking to either move up or back in the draft.
Those are just a few of the rumored trades that could become reality in the next few hours leading up to the start of the 2012 NBA draft.
Ahead is an up-to-the-minute tracking of all the trade rumors circulating tonight's draft.
Beantown Reportedly Looking to Move into the Lottery
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Boston Celtics are aggressively looking to move into the draft lottery.
Boston is aggressively working to move up into the late lottery, if not higher, league sources tell Y!. Celtics own No. 21 and 22 picks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2012
Moving into the lottery would be a great move for the aging Celtics to make, especially with so much uncertainty surrounding their roster heading into the 2012-13 season.
The question is whether the Celtics have enough to offer a lottery team to swap picks with them. It's not unrealistic to think the Celtics could swap both the No. 21 and 22 picks for a lottery pick in the 10-14 range.
Could Pau Gasol Make a Move Back to Memphis Grizzlies?
With rumors circulating around Pau Gasol's future with the L.A. Lakers, there's news about a possible return to Memphis for Gasol.
Peter Vecsey of Houp Du Jour reports that the Grizzlies are willing to offer Zach Randolph for Gasol.
Memphis, by the way, says a source, is offering Zach Randolph, another solid citizen, for Pau. Rudy Gay, as of now, is not available— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) June 28, 2012
While that might sound enticing, there's no way the Lakers will want to trade Gasol's big contract for Randolph's big contract.
Trading Gasol to Memphis also doesn't make much sense because the Lakers are reportedly (insider) looking to work their way into the lottery of the 2012 draft, and that's not something the Grizzlies can offer.
Nuggets Disccussing Trading Wilson Chandler to Warriors for No. 7 Pick?
ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that the Denver Nuggets are exploring the possibility of trading small forward, Wilson Chandler, to the Golden State Warriors for the No. 7 overall pick.
Lots of teams calling Denver to trade for Nuggets' young players. 1 of several moves being discussed: Wil Chandler to G State for 7th pick
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 27, 2012
There's no doubt that Chandler is a productive player, but that's only when he's healthy. Out of the Nuggets' 73 games last season, Chandler played in just eight, as he was sidelined by a hip injury for the majority of the season after returning from China.
Trading an injury-prone player, as he's missed a number of games in his career due to injury, for a lottery pick makes sense for the Nuggets, but it's certainly something the Warriors shouldn't touch with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole.
Could the Cleveland Cavaliers Be Trading Down in the Draft?
The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly flew in Terrence Ross for a private workout Wednesday night. What makes that such a surprising move is that Ross is projected by many experts to be a mid first-round pick.
While the Cavaliers certainly still look interested in trading with the Charlotte Bobcats to move up to the No. 2 spot, it now looks like if that's not possible, they may consider trading back into the middle part of the first round.
The Cavaliers are the proud owners of the No. 4, 24, 33 and 34 picks, which is enough collateral to move up or back in the draft.
One thing is clear, the Cavaliers will most likely be making some serious movement come draft time tonight.
Philadelphia 76ers Willing to Move Andre Iguodala to Move Up in Draft
John Mitchell of Philly Sports is reporting that the 76ers are considering moving Andre Iguodala if they can land a high enough lottery pick for him.
"It must be pointed out that none of the Sixers is untradable, according to multiple sources. If the right deal is on the table, and the Sixers believe that it will improve them, Thorn and coach Doug Collins will pull the trigger."
That shouldn't be all that shocking though. Iguodala always finds his name tied to trade rumors, and a possible trade to the Warriors is something that was rumored last season that would've sent Monta Ellis to Philadelphia.
The 76ers have a lot of talent on their roster, and moving it for a lottery prospect wouldn't be a bad move. The Warriors should be interested in Iguodala, as he could fit their need for an athletic wingman to run in their fast-paced offense.
San Antonio Spurs Reportedly Shopping DeJuan Blair
The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly shopping DeJuan Blair to clear space for a European player or two that they are planning on bringing over this summer.
Spurs are shopping forward DeJuan Blair, league sources tell Y! Spurs have Euro picks they could bring over next season, need roster space.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2012
Interest in Blair may be limited, because of his ACL-less knees, but he's the kind of player teams should be willing to give up a late first or early second-round pick for.
Just last season, Blair averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, in just 21.3 minutes per game. For teams looking to add depth to their frontcourt, that kind of production could be just what they're looking for.
Charlotte Bobcats Have 5 Offers for No. 2 Pick
The Charlotte Bobcats' No. 2 pick looks to be the most heavily sought after pick of the 2012 NBA draft.
ESPN's Andy Katz reports that the Bobcats have five offers for the No. 2 pick. Now it comes down to which trade offer they'll go with.
Trading Corey Maggette for Ben Gordon, is a good indicator that the Bobcats are comfortable with trading away the No. 2 pick, that is most likely tied to Florida shooting guard, Bradley Beal.
Expect the Bobcats' No. 2 pick to be the center of trade talks heading into the start of the 2012 NBA draft.
Houston Rockets Not Interested in Pau Gasol
The ship has sailed on a possible trade of Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets.
ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that the Rockets are no longer interested in Gasol's talents.
Sources insist Houston no longer interested in trading for Pau Gasol.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 28, 2012
Now that the Rockets are out, the team with the most interest in Gasol appears to be the Atlanta Hawks.