2010 NBA Draft: Surprises That Might Shake Up The NBA Draft
While NBA fans across the nations view in on the NBA finals, I'm looking at the possible trades that can happen via the 2010 NBA draft or possibly big surprises.
The draft order is set, and then there are teams with reported interest of possibly trading their pick if needed. I've heard of many trade possibilities, and some crazy speculations.
However, before the draft, craziness will ensue. You have the free-agency market that will possibly shake the NBA draft in every way possible, and you have teams with a lot of trade assets. (Don't forget Free Agency happens after the draft.)
Which only means one thing, it's time to speculate! Here are some scenarios that i think can or will happen on draft day, or before.
Anthony Randolph Is Shipped Out Of Golden State
This deal was going to be done before the trade deadline but just couldn't happen. With more time to operate, and get more teams on the phone I believe the Warriors finally ship off Anthony.
Anthony Randolph is not a bad player by any means; the Warriors are just not pleased with his immaturity.
The team with the most interest as of now is the Minnesota Timberwolves. They have the fourth pick in the draft, while the Warriors hold the sixth. This could be a possible trade before the draft.
Avery Bradley Is Selected No. 10 Overall By The Indiana Pacers
Picks 6-10 are a bit of a mystery for this upcoming draft. Those teams need more than one position and many prospects that fit the need are going to be available.
The Pacers are in desperate need of a point guard, and are showing a lot of interest in 6'2'' Avery Bradley.
Although, in my opinion he isn't a true point guard, the Pacers are willing to take the risk of drafting Bradley with the No. 10 overall pick. It's not a for sure thing, but if the draft was today and the Pacers were on the clock, I'm pretty sure they would draft Avery Bradley.
The Toronto Raptors Waste The No. 13 Selection
The Toronto Raptors have the 13th selection in the upcoming draft. You'd think they would take this seriously seeing that their superstar forward Chris Bosh could be departing Toronto.
However, they're bringing in guys like Devin Ebanks of West Virginia, Gani Lawal of Georgia Tech, Samardo Samuels of Louisville, Latavious Williams of the NBA Developmental League and two players that are said to be going undrafted in Tulsa guard Ben Uzoh, and UCLA guard Michael Roll.
Jim Kelly the Raptors Senior director of player personnel said "we consider everybody."
My initial thought was that these are all good prospects if you were selecting in the second round. Either the Raptors can be smart and draft a frontier force with this pick or trade it away, and get some value.
And do not; I repeat, DO NOT draft any of those six players with the thirteenth pick.
The New Orleans Hornets Deal Darren Collison
Okay let’s think about this; two young point guards at the top of their game but only one starting position. Hmmm...the Hornets have fallen in love with Chris Paul and that he without a doubt who they want as the face of their franchise.
Darren Collison is a great point guard, but having those two in the backcourt is like having Derrick Rose and Derron Williams in the same backcourt.
With the way Collison played this year, I believe he has high trade value, and the Hornets should trade him to a team that is in need of a point guard.
Tony Parker Used As Trade Bait
Tony Parker has been in all kinds of trade speculations this season. It all started right before the NBA trade deadline. Many people thought that the Spurs were looking to trade Parker or Ginobli for whatever reason.
Tony Parker has expressed interest in New York, but the latest rumor has him going to point guard in Indiana.
I don't know about you, but in this weak point guard draft there are a lot of teams that will be looking for point guards outside the draft, and Tony Parker may be one of them. The Spurs have entertained offers before, so I think they’ll do the same again.
Cavaliers Listen To Offers For Mo Williams and Delonte West
According to cleveland.com the Cavaliers are interested in trading Mo Williams, and Delonte West.
Both players were brought in to help Lebron get closer to a NBA championship but both faded when the big games came around. With both of these players I look for the Cavaliers to you use both of them in a combo-trade.
I don't know how much trade value they have, but in return they could land a decent player. Hopefully, the Cavaliers acquire a player to help LeBron James get his first ring so everybody can quit talking about it.
OJ Mayo Traded Out Of Memphis?
According to several sources the Grizzlies proposed a trade to lure in Golden State's Monta Ellis. The deal was said to include OJ Mayo and Hasheem Thabeet for the scoring combo guard.
I don't know how sold the Grizzlies are on trading OJ Mayo, but this has to open eyes.
Although this was proposed before the trade deadline I believe a lot of trades that didn't happen before the deadline will resurface, and possibly happen.