NBA Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Buzz Surrounding 2013 Draft
The 2013 NBA draft is less than a month away, which will either make you excited or obsessed, depending on your level of passion for basketball.
Well, whether you are merely excited or obsessed, there are some rumors floating around the nation that are sure to make your ears perk up, or drop down, depending on which team you root for.
Here's a look at some of the latest rumors, complete with my take.
Trey Burke to Pelicans?
Several experts have Trey Burke going to the New Orleans Pelicans at No. 6 overall, including Bleacher Report's Richard Langford.
It's not all smoke and mirrors, either. According to John Reid of the Times-Picayune, "sources say the Pelicans like Burke because he has the potential to get them in their offensive sets quicker and he could provide more versatility in their backcourt that could include starting point guard Greivis Vasquez playing off the ball."
It makes sense for the Pelicans...if Burke falls that far, that is. There's a possibility that the Orlando Magic grab him at No. 2 overall as veteran Jameer Nelson ages.
Where Will Victor Oladipo Land?
Chad Ford of ESPN writes in his latest big board that he believes Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo will be selected in the top five this year, listing the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats and Phoenix Suns as the most likely destinations.
NBA general managers were reportedly impressed with Oladipo during interviews, which makes sense given he's a high-character kid.
One GM said, via Ford: "I know he's the one guy in this draft that my head coach would love to have right now. He's an impressive young man on and off the court."
The Magic, Bobcats and Suns all have needs at shooting guard. If the Magic opt to draft a shooting guard instead of a point guard, OIadipo could be the man at No. 2 overall. Kansas' Ben McLemore may have more upside, but he's also a greater risk.
What Will the Cavaliers Do?
Should the Cavaliers make the proposed trade?
Beyond the No. 1 overall selection, the Cleveland Cavaliers also have the No. 19, No. 31 and No. 33 overall picks in the 2013 draft.
That has some thinking the Cavaliers will do a bit of wheeling and dealing on draft day.
According to Bob Finnan of the News-Herald, "One rumored deal for the Cavs would be to send three of their draft picks to Dallas (Nos. 19, 31 and 33) for veteran small forward Shawn Marion and the Mavericks' No. 12 overall choice...The Cavs are expected to decline, even though having the 12th pick would be attractive."
I could see why the Cavaliers would decline such a deal. Frankly, it isn't that attractive. They would have a better draft pick at No. 12, but they already have the No. 1 pick. The focus should be on adding youth and depth, both of which they can get if they stay where they are in the draft.
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