Leading into Thursday night's draft, we've already seen a few moderately sized deals take place, but the bigger moves could happen during the event.
Everything from the first overall selection currently held by the Cleveland Cavaliers to lower picks in the first round could be on the move. Here's the latest information circulating on the rumor wire.
New York Not Done Dealing
It's no secret the New York Knicks have a desire to acquire a first-round selection. The team has already reportedly agreed to send Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert, in addition to the 34th and 51st pick in the second round, per Peter Botte of the New York Daily News.
According to B/R's Howard Beck, the Knicks could be looking to quickly move Larkin in hopes of landing a pick within the first 32 selections.
One rival exec says he could see Knicks getting into first round by flipping Larkin. Something to watch for.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 26, 2014
Larkin still has plenty of upside as an athletic, young point guard with a sharp shooting eye from downtown. However, he didn't make an impact in Dallas as a rookie.
He played in only 48 games. In just 10.2 minutes of action per appearance, Larkin scored 2.8 points per game, 1.5 assists and shot just 38 percent from the field.
Despite his meager beginning, there is hope he can become a solid pro. He won't turn 22 until October, so the final book hasn't been written for him.
Jabari Parker is Draft's Most Wanted
Per ESPN's Andy Katz, several teams have attempted to obtain the Cleveland Cavaliers' first pick in the draft.
Utah, Orland and Boston have talked to Cleveland about No. 1 and if so the choice would be Jabari Parker.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) June 26, 2014
Utah is a team that really sticks out as a potential suitor for Parker. The state of Utah has the largest Mormon population in the United States, and Parker is a member of the religious group.
Off the court, the match makes perfect sense. Because he's also one of the three or four best prospects in the draft, the on-court value is there as well.
Parker predicts he will go No. 2 to the Milwaukee Bucks in the video below.
However, that could all change if the Cavs take him first, or deal the pick to a team that is also interested.
Chicago Wants to Move Up
The biggest offseason news in Chicago will be the pursuit of free agents Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, but the Bulls are reportedly at work trying to clear cap space, and that involves dealing one or both of its first-round picks.
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress says the team is looking to move into the lottery.
Chicago trying hard to package picks 16 and 19 and move up to the 9-11 range. Seem to be targeting Doug McDermott or Nik Stauskas there.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 25, 2014
A smart target for the Bulls would be Michigan's Nik Stauskas. He's a dead-eye shooter who could give the Bulls the floor spacing it sorely missed last season. A player like Stauskas could make an acquisition of James or Anthony even better for the team.
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