NBA Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Buzzworthy Draft-Day Rumors

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 18, 2013

May 1, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) drives on New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) during the first quarter of game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Not every team is fully focused on making their respective selections off the draft board in the upcoming 2013 NBA draft, as there's been plenty of buzz about draft-day trades that could shape up the entire process.

There are many more questions than answers at this point leading up to the June 27 affair, but rumors have surfaced across the Association, and we're sure to see the draft order shaken up as the event progresses through its two rounds.

Let's break down the biggest draft-day rumors that would be sure to shake things up. 


Cavaliers Still Mulling Trade Options

In a far-encompassing NBA draft update on the Cleveland Cavaliers' plans, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reported that the Cavs aren't sold in retaining their top overall pick:

Trading the top pick is another option the Cavs have explored, and they will likely continue to do so. They’ve also recently taken part in trade discussions involving “a viable” small forward, according to an FSO source.

Of course, this tidbit of information comes after Amico uses hundreds of words to break down all of the candidates for the top overall pick, like Nerlens Noel, Otto Porter, Ben McLemore and now even Alex Len. 

Amico states that Cleveland is also looking into selling both of their second-round picks in order to move up with their No. 19 overall pick.

With so many viable options, the Cavs certainly have their work cut out for them in the coming week to figure out how they can best put a playoff-worthy team on the floor to surround budding star Kyrie Irving. It seems they're well into exploring those options.


Draft-Day Trade for Paul Pierce?

Say it ain't so! It's been a while, to say the least, since we've seen a Hall of Fame player traded on draft day, but it seems that is just what the Celtics have in the works.

This ESPN report from Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne primarily dissects late news regarding the potential Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett deal with the Clippers, but don't overlook this development:

"Pierce is not part of this trade, but sources say that the Clippers hatched this ambitious plan to acquire Rivers and Garnett with the intent from the start to land Pierce as well. The Celtics have until June 30 to either buy out Pierce for $5 million or guarantee him $15.3 million for next season, but it's believed that Boston wants to wait until the draft later this month to see if it can make a trade to get something for Pierce instead of just setting him free."

The 35-year-old has been the heart and soul of the C's ever since he's been there, and his departure from Boston certainly would mark the end of an era.

While there's no telling how likely a Pierce move to the Clippers would be if Rivers and KG don't end up there, per ESPN, the growing notion is that Boston is looking to shop its long-time hero. 


Mavericks Shopping No. 13 Pick

In an interview with Dallas' own BaDD Radio on KTCK-AM 1310, per Dallas Morning News, Mavs owner Mark Cuban spoke candidly about his team's upcoming plans.

That largely hinged around their No. 13 overall pick in the draft, which Cuban had a quick, four-word affirmative answer of "that is the case" when asked if he wanted to trade their pick.

Though, he also admitted his team has a lot of different scenarios for the decision: 

“We’ll look at taking future draft picks. We’ll look at moving down and getting multiple draft picks. We’ll look at trading for players that we think are good. There are a lot of opportunities.”

Per Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News, sources have indicated that Dallas is certain to shop their pick in order to free up space for Dwight Howard

Obviously, the Mavs will need to create some cap space to court the likes of a Howard, and making a move in the draft is a good way to do so. The 13th pick might not be a game-changer for any franchise, but it's the highest pick the Mavericks have had in more than a decade. 

Certainly, Cuban's Mavericks will keep their options open, but to hear an owner proclaim so clearly that he's interested in trading his pick is surprising and only validates the growing notion that we'll see Dallas try to make a move with the 13th pick.