There are plenty of NBA rumors out there. We'll sift through them all to bring you the latest draft buzz, and what it means for the draft and offseason.
With the first pick...
The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly interested in trading the No. 1 overall pick, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN. With no clear-cut best prospect available, a la Anthony Davis last year, the Cavaliers might find it more attractive to acquire NBA-ready assets, instead of waiting on someone like Nerlens Noel. General Manager Chris Grant told ESPN that:
"You want to look at all your options and make the best decision for your team. This is a valuable asset that we can add to the group, whether it's in trade or keep it and add a player."
If the Cavs decide they want to trade this pick, one suitor could be the Washington Wizards. The Wizards, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, are interested in Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr., and could decide that they do not want to risk a team jumping ahead of them to take him. They have not ruled out trading the pick, as general manager Ernie Grunfeld told the Post:
“Nothing is on the table, but you never say never to anything,” he said. “I think we feel comfortable with the number three pick and that we’ll be able to have a good player there, but if somebody makes an offer that we feel is more helpful, then that’s something we may look at.”
Porter told the Washington Post that he believes he's worthy of being selected that high:
“I definitely see myself up there,” Porter said last week in Chicago, adding that he believes he can flourish at the next level. “My versatility. I think that’s definitely going to show when I get to the NBA. My ability to rebound, bring it up the court, make something happen or set up the play. Anything that it has in store for me, I think my versatility is going to carry over.”
Porter, combined with John Wall and Bradley Beal, would give the Wizards an exciting young trio to build upon. The Cavs could also trade down and still select Nerlens Noel, without the strings that come with the first pick.
However, the Cavs are interested in Otto Porter themselves, even with the first pick:
Chad Ford @chadfordinsider
One dark horse for No. 1 pick? Georgetown's Otto Porter. Cavs love him. Perfect fit. Helps right away.5/22/2013, 1:13:34 AM
Any trade would likely happen right before the draft starts, so stay tuned.
Trey Burke and the Orlando Magic seem like a perfect fit. Orlando is in need of a point guard, and Burke is the best one available.
The Magic hold the No. 2 overall pick and have already scheduled a workout with Burke, according to Mlive.com.
If Orlando does not decide to select Burke—which would be characterized as a major shock—then he will likely not get past the New Orleans Pelicans, who hold the sixth pick. For his part, Burke thinks that's his range, according to the Detroit Free-Press:
“I’m hearing anywhere from two to six. That’s pretty much everything I’m hearing now. It’s really a toss up and up in the air. So I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the next month or so.”
While Orlando makes the most sense for the Michigan star, New Orleans would love to pair Trey Burke with Anthony Davis and create a dynamic pick-and-roll combo.
Every year, a player that many project as a mid-first round pick gets selected in the lottery. Last year, it was Dion Waiters.
This year, there are a few players who could find themselves getting picked higher than projected. Chief among them is Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum. McCollum, who led Lehigh to an epic upset over Duke in the 2012 tournament, missed most of this past year with a foot injury.
However, according to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, scouts like his ability to get to the basket.
McCollum could find a home in Portland, according to Oregonlive.com. He would fit great as a shooting guard next to Damian Lillard.
Another prospect who could rocket his way up the draft board is Rudy Gobert. The 7'2" center from France has an incredible 7'8.5" wingspan and is an intriguing NBA decision-maker, according to Amico.
Gobert interviewed with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Sixers have the 11th-overall pick. However, a scout told the Inquirer that:
"I'm not a fan at all," said an NBA scout who asked to remain anonymous. "I've seen him in person a couple of times over the last two years. He's immature physically. And off the court, he's not a man.
"He's a guy who is long and can run. But he doesn't have a great feel for the game."
Despite that, NBA teams love upside and athleticism and Gobert certainly fits that bill.
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