2014 NBA Draft: Analyzing Latest Prospect Rumors and Trade Buzz

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJune 25, 2014

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Who's going No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA draft?

Perhaps a better question would be: Which team will be selecting first overall in Thursday's draft?

The NBA draft remains a perplexing event. It seems as though the closer we get to it, the more puzzling it becomes. This is due to the capricious process of franchises divulging smokescreens and rumors across the Web.

While this buzz may mystify us in the waning days before the draft, it does pave the way for some intriguing speculation.

Let's take a look at some of the most interesting draft rumors the Internet has to offer.


Does Milwaukee Really Want Parker?

Early on Wednesday, former Duke standout Jabari Parker appeared rather confident that the Milwaukee Bucks would select him with the No. 2 overall pick, according to a tweet from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

As it turns out, that may not be the case.

Spears wrote an updated piece later on Wednesday detailing a different mindset from a source with knowledge of the situation:

Parker said the Milwaukee Bucks have promised they would select him with the second overall pick Thursday if he is still available. A source told Yahoo Sports that the Bucks like Parker a lot, but have not made him a promise.

At this point, it seems unlikely the Bucks would pass on Parker if Andrew Wiggins goes at No. 1 overall. However, it's the NBA draft and stranger things have happened.


Cleveland Is Open for Business

Once it was revealed that Joel Embiid required foot surgery and would miss at least four to six months, his appeal for the Cleveland Cavaliers seemed to vanish.

You'd think that would make Cleveland's choice at No. 1 overall easier, but that's the exact opposite of what happened.

In the fallout, it was reported by ESPN's Jeff Goodman and Chad Ford that Cleveland was torn between Wiggins and Parker.

Rather than deciding between the two, it appears Cleveland would rather trade the pick away, according to Pro Basketball Draft:

Shortly after that news was announced, Ford tweeted potential suitors in a trade and which prospects they are after:

We'll have to wait and see if the price is right.


Sacramento Looking to Make Moves

The Sacramento Kings made it known very early in the draft process that they were very open to dealing the No. 8 overall selection.

Well, apparently they have takers.

ESPN.com's Andy Katz reported on Tuesday the team has several offers they are mulling over:

The Sacramento Kings are fielding offers from three teams for the No. 8 pick in Thursday's NBA draft, sources with direct knowledge told ESPN on Monday.

Sources said the Kings have two deals that could be done prior to Thursday's 2 p.m. ET trade deadline to change the draft order and one would be a draft night deal, depending on which players are available when the Kings select.

The three deals would return multiple draft picks and a veteran player to the Kings for the No. 8 pick.

Perhaps there's a method to this madness.

Could the Kings be gearing up to make a move up in the draft order? According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, that may be the case:

Several teams, including the Sacramento Kings at No. 8, have called teams ahead of them in the lottery to propose potential trades to move up and select Embiid, a league source with knowledge of the conversations told CBSSports.com.

Sacramento looks to be making a run at the injured yet highly athletic Embiid. The center is expected to take a tumble down draft boards on Thursday, and the Kings could be just the team to scoop him up.