The 2013 NBA draft is rapidly approaching and the swell of rumors and buzz that come with the event are reaching an all-time high.
It seems that just about every general manager in the league is working the phones right now, working on wheeling and dealing to move up or down and in or out of what is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing drafts of all time.
Let’s take a look at the latest whispers and more in Tuesday’s rumor roundup.
Cavaliers Still Trying to Trade No. 1 Pick
The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t quite sure which direction to go in with the No. 1 overall pick in this draft.
While they have a handful of solid prospects to choose from—including Nerlens Noel, Alex Len, Ben McLemore and more—there is also the option of trading out and acquiring a veteran player.
As per ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford, the club reportedly recently offered its top selection and the No. 19 overall pick in exchange for superstar power forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
The proposal was rejected, but it’s not the first rumbling about a potential deal out of Cleveland.
NBA insider Ric Bucher noted that the Cavs are talking with the Chicago Bulls about acquiring stud swingman Luol Deng, but seem to be overvaluing their assets in this draft.
With all of these rumors swirling and the fact that a consensus pick at the top of the class has still yet to emerge, just about everything is still in play regarding Cleveland’s selection.
Jimmer Fredette on the Block
After he suffered two mediocre seasons on a downright dysfunctional Sacramento Kings team, it’s about time Jimmer Fredette gets a chance to shine somewhere else.
While the former BYU star may have been overvalued as the No. 10 pick in the 2011 draft, he’s arguably still worth a first-rounder and that is exactly what his current franchise is seeking.
According to Stein and Ford, the Kings are attempting to flip Fredette and have a strong desire to double-dip in this draft.
The Indiana Pacers have a strong need to upgrade the guard play on their second unit and are reportedly in talks with Sacramento about making a deal happen.
Indiana has made Gerald Green and the No. 23 pick available—as per Stein and Ford—which could form the basic tenets of a potential trade between the two organizations.
Utah is also another possible destination, as the Jazz could acquire a hometown hero who played his college ball in the state and would be well regarded by the fanbase.
With all this talk and the relative misfortunes of Fredette in the NBA thus far, don’t be surprised if the prolific scorer has a new home in the next few days.
MarShon Brooks Fire Sale
The Brooklyn Nets were fortunate to have nabbed MarShon Brooks with the No. 25 pick in the 2011 draft, a steal at the time.
After a solid rookie season in which the 6’5” guard averaged 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists, Brooks seemed to live up to the hype and was a potential stud on the verge of taking the NBA by storm.
However, the Nets struggled to find a place for him in 2012-13 and the 24-year-old’s numbers dipped down to 5.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. His minutes were more than cut in half, as he averaged just 12.5 as a sophomore, compared to 29.4 as a rookie.
Now Stein and Ford note that the Nets are willing to ship him off for practically any first-round pick they could acquire.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, who have been seeking a serviceable shooting guard for what seems like years now, would be able to pry him away from Brooklyn for the No. 26 overall selection this year.
Considering that Brooks is a surefire talent who has displayed flashes of greatness at times, the T-Wolves would be pulling off a heist in this scenario.
Minnesota's president, Flip Saunders, would be wise to pull the trigger on that as soon as possible.