NBA Draft Rumors: Potential Trades That Could Shake Up 1st Round

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NBA Draft Rumors: Potential Trades That Could Shake Up 1st Round
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The NBA draft is a chance for every team to improve for the future, but not every organization wants to wait long to make their pick.

Some of the more aggressive front offices will do their best to move up in the draft to make sure they get the one player they desire. Others will not wait for prospects to develop and will instead deal for proven players.

This need to make trades will keep the draft and the weeks leading up to it as interesting as possible, considering anything can happen. 

Although not all of these will come true, here is a look at the latest rumors on possible draft deals that can go down in the coming weeks.

 

Kevin Love to the Sacramento Kings

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As deep as this draft is, it is often hard to find a superstar that can contribute immediately with the No. 8 pick. However, the Sacramento Kings are trying to find a way to get this type of production through a trade.

Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee initially reported the Kings' interest in bringing in Kevin Love:

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN notes that the first-round pick could be part of the deal, assuming it leaves the Minnesota Timberwolves with the players they want:

Still, the biggest problem with this deal for the Kings is the same reason the Timberwolves want to make it: Love is a free agent after next season. At that point, he is likely to sign a huge contract with a team in a large market.

However, this is apparently not an issue for Sacramento. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! reported that the "Kings would make a deal without any assurance from Love he'd re-sign with them."

This is certainly a risky move for the Kings, giving up a potential star for possibly just one year of a very good player. We have certainly seen that Love cannot simply carry an average squad to the playoffs. However, this team still has the ability to at least make the playoffs.

On the other hand, this would be a great way for the Timberwolves to get some value out of Love before he leaves next season.

 

Philadelphia 76ers After the No. 1 Pick

There is plenty of debate over who should be the top pick in the draft. Most analysts have some version of Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins going in the top three, but all of them have the potential to be All-Stars at the next level.

However, the Philadelphia 76ers are convinced that Wiggins will be the best of the three. ESPN's Chad Ford (subscription required) explained during the season:

In the midst of a 20-game losing streak, the Sixers have had Wiggins atop their board all year and believe he'd be the perfect complement to Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and Thaddeus Young. The athleticism on that team would be crazy. 

Therefore, it was not surprising that Sam Amico of Fox Sports recently reported "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."

Unsurprisingly, Ford later confirmed (subscription required) that Philadelphia was the team that engaged in trade talks.

Still, this might not be the smartest move for the 76ers hoping to build a team for the future. With the No. 3 pick, they can sit and wait for one of the top-three players to fall to them, any of which would be a great addition to reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams and last year's lottery pick, Nerlens Noel.

Additionally, the team has the No. 10 pick to use on another key player. If the franchise starts dealing pieces, it will just take longer to complete the rebuilding process.

 

Chicago Bulls Looking to Move Up

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The Bulls have two picks in the first round, but instead of getting two average players, they are trying to move up to get one that can really help out.

Ford explained (subscription required) the team's motives in his latest mock draft: "Sources say the Nuggets have had serious discussions with the Bulls about swapping No. 11 for Nos. 16 and 19. If the Bulls get this pick, they'll grab either [Gary] Harris or [Nik] Stauskas here."

If Harris is available at this stage, he could be an excellent fit for the organization. The guard is a talented offensive player who can score as either a shooter or a slasher, giving the team a much-needed boost on that end of the court. Additionally, he is a hard worker on defense that will fit right in with the team.

The Michigan State star had a meeting with Bulls executives and seemed excited about the possibility of playing in Chicago, via Mark Strotman of CSN Chicago:

The interview was great. They have a bunch of great guys in there and a great staff, and they definitely win games. They have a history of winning, they're in the playoffs almost every year, so that could be a good situation for me. It just depends on which team and what situation I go into. But just going in there, fulfilling my role and doing my duties for the team.

If the Bulls can get one of the best two-way players in the class, moving up would be a great move in this draft.

 

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