NBA Trade Rumors: Potential Deals That Could Shake Up Draft
The looming arrival of the NBA draft means that the rumor mill is in full force.
With each team looking to achieve its own agenda of winning now or building for the future, draft night has been known to be the catalyst for plenty of deals involving teams looking to move up and down the order.
The 2013 draft should be no different.
From superstars like Chris Bosh to the No. 1 overall selection, there's potential for huge deals to shake up the draft.
Here's a look at the latest rumblings and how they could change the draft.
Cavs Still Looking to Shop No. 1
If you're talking about trades that could have a huge impact on how the draft plays out, the place to start is the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 1 overall. According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, Cleveland is open to shopping the pick and will likely continue to look for offers:
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.
The Cavs have a ton of flexibility in the draft with two picks in the first and second rounds. According to the report, the team isn't sold on any one prospect as of yet.
If the team does find a trade partner, it would be a huge shake up at the top of the draft. The Cavs would obviously need a quality package of picks or players to part ways with the pick.
Charlotte Bobcats Targeting Chris Bosh?
How do you top the No. 1 pick getting traded? How about seeing the Miami Heat's Big Three break up on national TV?
What would the Bobcats ceiling be as a franchise with Bosh as the centerpiece?
According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, that's exactly what the Charlotte Bobcats might be hoping to have happen. The team holds the No. 4 pick in the first round and may be offering it up to Miami to take the star power forward.
As Washburn notes in his story, the Bobcats are looking to win now and believe that Bosh could serve as the new face of the franchise.
The move could lead to the fall of either Alex Len or Nerlens Noel. Assuming the Heat would only make the deal to acquire a player that could help right away, it's not likely they would take either injured big man. Both are likely targets of the Bobcats if either is on the board for them at No. 4.
Mavericks Set to Trade Away No. 13 Pick
Mark Cuban should be busy on draft night. But it doesn't appear that he'll be busy drafting anyone with the No. 13 pick. According to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News, there is very little chance that the No. 13 selection is on the Mavericks roster next season and there's an 80 percent chance the team deals the pick.
According to Pro Basketball Draft, the Cavaliers may be a really busy team. They are set to move from No. 19 to No. 13 in hopes of landing European prospect Sergey Karasev.
Dallas pick is available and Cavs appear to have parameters of a deal in place to move up from 19 for it. Target is Sergey Karasev.— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) June 20, 2013
This move would give the Cavs the long-term three that they need and gives Dallas the opportunity to move out of the lottery and free up cap space.
As Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld noted, the Mavericks would love to package Shawn Marion in a deal involving the pick. He's set to make $9.3 million next season and averaged 12.1 points per game for the Mavericks last season.
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