NBA Trade Rumors: Last-Minute Buzz Heading into Draft Time
With just hours to go leading up to the 2013 NBA draft, things are shifting all over the place as teams look to put themselves in the best position going forward.
Everything from blockbuster trades to swapping draft picks is being put on the table right now, and we have the latest developments right here as to what may happen come Thursday night.
Let's get right to it and break down the latest news.
Kings Want to Trade Up for McLemore
At pick No. 7, the Sacramento Kings don't feel too comfortable banking on acquiring Kansas guard Ben McLemore due to his huge draft stock.
That has caused them to inquire into moving up, potentially to No. 5 with Phoenix in a deal, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.
Kings have had one conversation about moving up, with Phoenix at No. 5. As Yahoo! reported, they are indeed targeting Ben McLemore.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 27, 2013
The news on the Kings courting McLemore also reached Royce Young of CBS Sports, who reported it around 4:30 p.m. ET. CBS Sports' Ken Berger also tweeted it:
As the Kings look to move up from No. 7, they could find a trade partner in the Suns, who are exploring a move back from No. 5, sources say.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 27, 2013
The one-and-done Jayhawk has enjoyed a pretty concrete top-five pick status despite talks of him posting poor workouts.
It was expected that the Kings would look to add an elusive guard to offset the star potential of DeMarcus Cousins down low and stretch the floor, but McLemore is certainly a new development for Sacramento and one that has garnered a lot of talk.
Cavs Still Exploring Many Options at No. 1
The reports are continuing to pile in on the Cavaliers' indecisiveness and inability to find the right deal for their No. 1 overall pick.
A report from Chad Ford of ESPN early on draft day noted that the Cavaliers are looking to make a big trade for a veteran player first and foremost, but their plans won't change even if they end up making a pick at No. 1.
The Cavs' top option is to trade the No. 1 overall pick for a combination of a veteran plus a 2014 lottery pick. If they can pull that off, they'll move the pick. If they can't, they'll keep attempting to move whomever they draft until all their options have been exercised. In other words, don't assume that they are keeping the player they draft at No. 1.
The Suns have apparently made an offer recently to Cleveland, Ford tweeted:
Hearing Suns are offering Cavs 5 & 30 for 1. Not yet known how Cavs view the offer. Suns after Noel.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 27, 2013
There's only one thing we know as of now about Cleveland's top pick plans, and that is the fact that it has endless ideas on what to do. It just needs suitors and the time to come to a proper deal.
T-Wolves Still Looking to Move Up
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been reported as in a tough spot over recent days, looking to draft either McLemore or Victor Oladipo but not having any realistic chance of doing so at No. 9.
Ford's report stated the news that they still are very much interested in using pick No. 9, No. 26 and Derrick Williams to strike a deal to move up to a position where they can feel comfortable getting either of those players.
The Wolves are also trying to get up very high in an attempt to land Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore. Their trade bait, as we've previously reported, is in the form of picks 9, 26 and Derrick Williams.
It would certainly be a seismic move if the T-Wolves were able to get either of these elusive players to put alongside Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love.
KG, Pierce Headed for Brooklyn?
In a deal that just caught fire starting early draft day, Celtics stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce look to be destined to join the Brooklyn Nets.
Yahoo! Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski has been hunting down this story all day, and this is his latest regarding where a potential deal stands.
Celtics, Nets deal has reached ownership level, league source tells Y! Jason Terry joins Pierce and Garnett in package, source says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2013
Ford also added on Twitter that the 22nd pick is indeed not in play.
Hearing Nets 22nd pick in this year's draft is NOT in play in Celtics-Nets talk. Future picks for Boston.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 27, 2013
Any potential deal to be made with both Garnett and Pierce in the deal would certainly shake up the landscape of the league. The Celtics may be in a rebuilding stage, but there is no doubt that each of these stars still has what it takes to compete come playoff time.
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