The 2013 NBA draft is nearly upon us, with 30 franchises looking to alter their futures one pick at a time. While an ideal world would see each team hold on to its selection in predictable fashion, there is the potential for trades to be executed.
So, what trades might take place on draft day?
There are deals in the making, with numerous teams hoping to execute deals that will improve their short-term or long-term futures. Other squads will be looking to pull off trades that will be centered around financial improvement.
One way or another, multiple squads will be active on draft day with potential trades.
Cleveland Cavaliers Shopping Picks
According to Chad Ford of ESPN Insider (subscription required), the Cleveland Cavaliers are shopping both the No. 1 and No. 19 overall draft choices in separate deals. Per Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe, the Cavaliers are also involved in trade talks with the Boston Celtics.
One way or another, the Cavaliers will be players on draft day.
Holmes reports that the Cavaliers are looking to ship multiple second-round draft choices to Boston in exchange for small forward Paul Pierce. The trade talks are at their most preliminary stages, suggesting that a deal may not be as close as one might presume.
Even still, there's reason to anticipate trade talks taking draft day by storm.
Furthermore, Ford reports that Cleveland is looking to move both the No. 1 and No. 19 overall draft choices. While the Cavaliers are more than likely to hold on to the first pick, there is a strong possibility they'll move up from 19th to 13th.
The deal is reportedly centered around Shawn Marion, whom the Mavericks are looking to move in order to free up cap space to pursue Dwight Howard.
MarShon Brooks on the Move?
According to Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News, the Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed mutual interest in a trade for MarShon Brooks. While it's unclear whether the two sides will include a draft pick in this deal, the T-Wolves do pick No. 26 overall.
Regardless of who or what the Nets receive, the deal could transpire on draft day. Per Bondy:
Minnesota has shown interest in the third-year guard out of Providence, calling around the league for feedback and initiating trade discussions. Talks have not escalated to anything serious or imminent at the moment, according to a source. However, another source said that a proposal is on the table waiting for the Timberwolves' approval.
Chad Ford of ESPN Insider (subscription required) reports that Brooklyn is targeting the No. 26 overall draft choice.
The deal makes sense for both sides, as Minnesota needs a shooting guard, and Brooklyn hasn't found a niche for Brooks to fill. Even still, the former Providence star is a respected scorer who has performed well when given the chance.
It's hard to imagine this deal getting done without the draft choice, which makes a trade on draft night all the more likely.
Clippers' Active Offseason Continues
According to Ramona Shelburne, Marc Stein and Chad Ford of ESPN Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic are involved in trade talks.
Prized point guard Eric Bledsoe and Orlando shooting guard Arron Afflalo are at the center of the deal, and there's a high probability a deal could get done on draft day, per the report:
The Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Clippers have been discussing the possibility of completing a trade headlined by Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo and prized L.A. point guard Eric Bledsoe in conjunction with Thursday's NBA draft, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that a trade with those two players as the principals could happen as soon as this week and potentially could be expanded to include Magic forward Andrew Nicholson and a future first-round pick as compensation for the highly coveted Bledsoe.
That's what you call a rising star blockbuster.
Bledsoe is one of the fastest-rising point guards in the NBA, commanding trade interest from across the league. Beyond his value, however, is the fact that the Clippers could potentially receive a future first-round draft choice.
With Orlando far removed from postseason contention, that pick could be of extreme value somewhere down the line.