"You need a pick? We got a pick. Get your picks here. Red hot picks."
That's what it feels like heading into Thursday's NBA draft. There's usually draft picks to be had from teams who fall in and out of love with up-and-coming players.
This year, the draft and the trade scenarios have been turned upside down. Teams are shuffling, trying to clear out cap space and make just the right picks so they are locked and loaded and ready to attack the deepest and potentially most fruitful free agent crop in NBA history.
So what's likely to go down before the draft? We've got the latest hot and logical scenarios.
The Blazers have their eye on Memphis guard Elliot Williams. But they're not going to take him with their No. 22 pick, because they need to address a big man need there.
Portland has a high second-round pick at No. 34, but they feel as though Williams isn't going to last that long.
So the Blazers are talking with Memphis about trading No. 34 and $3 million for the Grizzlies' No. 25 and No. 28 picks.
The Grizzlies may be looking to move up themselves.
Word out of Memphis is that a trade is imminent with Minnesota that would send the No. 25 and No. 28 picks up north to the T'Wolves. Those are the same No. 25 and No. 28 picks that Portland covets.
The Grizz would get Minny's No. 16 pick for those late-round picks.
This looks like a mid-draft deal. All three teams want to see how the flow of the draft is working out before they move up or down.
There's still word that the Kings are not feeling great about being at No. 5.
The feeling is that they're not that interested in taking a big man there since their trade for Samuel Dalembert.
Plus, they're looking at teams salivating at DeMarcus Cousins, who is the likely No. 5 pick.
There's been word that as many as 10 teams have inquired to get in to the No. 5 spot, with Boston the latest hot rumor.
Still, the likeliest trading partner is Detroit at No. 7. The Kings don't want to move too far down, but can get money or a player (Tayshaun Prince) in a deal to swap the picks.
Larry Bird's not stupid either. He knows his Pacers have a coveted spot at No. 10.
Indiana really needs a point guard. They're having little luck prying young studs like Darren Collison and George Hill away, so the next approach may be to get a veteran point guard.
That's why the latest speculation has the Pacers talking to the Spurs.
San Antonio would trade them Tony Parker, a one-year fix at worst because of his expiring contract, and their No. 20 pick for the No. 10 pick and cash.
There's been a lot of talk about Luol Deng being involved in a sign-and-trade for one of the big free agents.
But the Bulls may not be that patient. There's word out of Chicago that the Bulls are shopping their No. 17 pick to a team. But the catch is that team would have to take on Deng (four years, $51 million) or Kirk Hinrich (two years, $17 million).
Hinrich is more likely to move. Precisely who that trading partner is will have a lot to do with who is available.
The middle of this draft is a popular place to be—or extremely unpopular, depending how you look at it.
There's as many teams looking to get into the middle as there are looking to bail out.
The Heat are another team potentially looking to deal their mid-round pick.
This is a straight cap-space deal. They, like the Bulls, are trying to clear out cap space so they can potentially sign Dwyane Wade and TWO max contracts.
Michael Beasley is also being dangled in a draft-day deal—you want our No. 18, take this problem child off our hands.
The Mavericks want in on the first round. They're on the outside looking in right now, but perhaps not for long.
This one again is all about cap economics.
Dallas has a $3 million trade exception. What does that mean? It's a cap piece that can be used in trading draft picks for players or in working out the economics of a sign-and-trade—two moves that teams are looking to make plenty of over the next month.
This exception is apparently so valuable that Mark Cuban is taking bids on it, looking for a first-round pick and cash.
The Cavs aren't in the first-round either, but they've been attending plenty of lottery pick workouts and other first-round showcases.
Why do this if you have nothing in play?
The word is that the Cavs are looking to buy a pick from one of teams with multiple picks and a spot in the 20s—Oklahoma City (Nos. 21 and 26), Memphis (Nos. 25 and 28) and Minnesota (No. 23).
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News is reporting that both the Knicks and Nets are trying to work a deal with Minnesota for the No. 23 pick.
The Knicks are reportedly nervous that two of their point-guard targets, Maryland's Greivis Vasquez (pictured) and Nevada's Armon Johnson, are getting too much draft love to still be available to them in the mid 30s.
The Nets are already close to a deal with Milwaukee for the 44th pick that would send Chris Douglas Roberts to the Bucks.
They would package that pick and cash—or possibly even their No. 31 pick—to get to No. 23.
Here's the best of the rest of the draft talk:
—The Wizards have the No. 1, No. 30 and No. 35 pick, but they are apparently looking for even more picks, potentially buying a pick in the mid-second round.
—The Suns haven't ruled out buying into the first round either, into the 20s.
—The Bobcats are also rumored to want in, more likely in the second round where it would cost less to buy a pick.
- The Nuggets are still trying to buy their way into the first round with one of the multiple-pick teams. There's also still plenty of talk about Ty Lawson being shipped to the Pacers for the No. 10 pick, though the Nuggets are hesitant to do it.