For weeks we have heard a bunch of rumors swirl around the NBA. Well, NBA Draft Day is here and teams are under the gun to pull the trigger on discussed deals or pull back and wait for another day.
The NBA hot stove is reaching a boil and the hottest rumors are circulating at a high rate. Which players are involved? What big names are bandied about in the 12th hour trade talks before the draft? Here is a look at the hottest rumors on the ledger leading up to the draft.
Numerous reports have called this deal dead, but one cannot completely rule it out before the draft passes. Jefferson and Randolph offer similar skill sets and offer very similar production.
Both are legit double-double threats. However, Jefferson is four years younger than Randolph and comes with considerably less baggage.
The Celtics are looking to get younger and move up the draft board in one fell swoop. Somewhat surprisingly, the Celtics are shopping Kendrick Perkins and their No. 19 overall pick to any team with a lottery pick. The offer is less enticing considering the knee ligament damage Perkins suffered during the NBA Finals.
One rumor that jumped off the page was Gilbert Arenas for Vince Carter. The deal is a positive one for the Wizards who would absorb Carter's large, expiring contract.
Meanwhile, the Magic would acquire a lethal scorer who offers more consistency than the shaky Carter. The only question is whether the Magic want to accept Arenas' recent baggage.
It's almost surprising to think, but the Spurs could be parting with ways with their franchise point guard. The Pacers are the most prominent team tied to the Parker rumors, but the Knicks are also looking at Parker (to possibly team him with LeBron?). There is nothing too concrete out there, but the chatter is increasing.
Luol Deng could be heading out of Chicago in a couple of ways. One rumor has Deng headed to Orlando for Mikael Pietrus and Marcin Gordat. Another proposed deal has Deng and the Bulls' No. 17 pick to the Clippers for the No. 8 overall pick. Both teams would benefit from Deng's swingman abilities and athleticism.
The Blazers are looking around for partners to help them move up the draft board. That partner may be the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors would acquire Rudy Fernandez and the Blazers' No. 22 pick for the Raptors' No. 13 pick.
The Heat were expected to make a move before the draft. They did that by sending Daequan Cook to Oklahoma City, but the Heat may not be done dealing. Michael Beasley too could be moved out of town in a move to open more cap space for the Heat in their pursuit of another max contract.
Both Chris Paul and the Hornets front office are saying the right things regarding the trade rumors hovering over Paul. But HoopsHype.com reported one rumor that has some weight to it. The deal would send Paul and James Posey to the Magic for Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson.
The Pacers are in need of a point guard and have Oklahoma City backup Eric Maynor in their sights. The Pacers would send the the No. 10 pick to the Thunder for Maynor and the 18th and 21st overall picks. The Pacers get the point guard they seek and the Thunder break into the top 10 to add another lottery pick to their young, loaded roster.
Amazingly, the Cavaliers have zero picks in this year's draft. That figures to change before the draft. The Cavaliers face the prospects of serious roster shakeups, turnover, and simply need bodies (and talent) in the event that the seismic shift occurs.
The Cavaliers would likely trade away either Mo Williams or Delonte West (or both) to get into the second round. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said he would improve the Cavs roster through the draft.