The 2014 NBA draft will take place on June 26, and new information regarding the offseason's biggest event will continue to come out even hours before the No. 1 pick is made.
Given the brevity of this event, expect NBA teams to consider every option in advance of their picks. A bad pick can set a franchise back several years considering how small rosters are in this league. A wasted spot on the roster is one less productive player that a head coach can hold.
All the latest news and rumors surrounding the draft reveal some interesting things that could go down. Such events would certainly alter the futures of the franchises involved.
Make sure you watch the draft to see if they happen. While you wait for June 26, get familiar with some of the latest news and rumors below.
Phil Jackson Ready to Buy Picks?
The New York Knicks have zero picks in the draft.
The Philadelphia 76ers have seven picks in the draft.
How many picks will the Knicks make in the 2014 draft?
Needless to say, Knicks president Phil Jackson is looking to possibly take one of the Sixers' hands, reports Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com. Jackson may not want to trade to get the picks, however. Instead, he might try to buy some.
"We have a limited amount of funds that we can use," Jackson said. "It's been prorated now to every team. You know, teams do sell draft picks."
It's unknown as to how much a pick would cost the Knicks. It's also unknown as to whether or not Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie would be interested in aiding his Eastern Conference rivals.
Regardless, Knicks fans should rest assured knowing that the Knicks might actually make some noise on draft night. Following a shaky season, the Knicks need to infuse young talent onto their roster. Even if it comes in the form of a second-round selection, the Knicks need young players.
A Team in Top 3 Could Move to No. 1
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the top overall selection in the NBA draft for the second straight season, but they may not be keeping it very long.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Cavs could deal the pick to either the Milwaukee Bucks or Philadelphia 76ers:
Several teams have called the Cavs to gauge their interest in potentially trading the No. 1 pick. That includes another team in the top three (either the Bucks or Sixers), a source said. The Bucks own the second overall pick. The Sixers own picks Nos. 3 and 10.
The Cavs have multiple options with that top pick, but both the Bucks and Sixers would likely move to No. 1 in order to take Andrew Wiggins. Cleveland is likely considering Wiggins along with Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker.
The Sixers have the most to lose if the draft order stands as is. They could potentially lose out on Wiggins and Parker, and the team is in desperate need of an NBA-ready scorer. Plus Nerlens Noel is already on the team, making Embiid more of a luxury.
The Sixers also have the most to offer Cleveland for the pick. They can deal the No. 3 pick along with another pick in the draft. Considering they have seven selections, they won't really miss the extra pick.
Gary Harris to Work Out for 2 West Coast Teams
Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet reports that Gary Harris is scheduled to work out for two teams in the near future: "The lottery-projected shooting guard out of Michigan State Gary Harris is scheduled to work out for the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers during the first week of June, sources informed CSNNW.com."
#SunsDraft Workouts Day 5: Clint Capela (F), Gary Harris (G), Rodney Hood (F), Zach LaVine (G), Johnny O'Bryant (F), James Young (G).— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) June 2, 2014
Each of those two teams are in need of a young shooting guard. The Lakers, of course, have Kobe Bryant at the 2 right now. That said, his career is clearly coming to a close. Bryant could teach Harris how to succeed at the next level and handle the pressures of Los Angeles.
In Phoenix, Harris would get a chance to play big minutes right away. Currently without a shooting guard that can handle starter's time, the Suns will likely take someone to fill that position with one of their first three first-round picks.
Harris is effective from long range and has shown the ability to shoot off screens. When pressured on the perimeter, Harris is adept at creating space for a mid-range jumper.
Defense is an added bonus for the team that takes Harris. He can defend both guard positions effectively. While his athleticism hurts him at times on offense, it doesn't hurt his game defensively.