NBA Draft Rumors: 5 Draft and Trade Rumors That Won't Come to Pass
NBA draft night generally has more trades than any other day in the NBA season. The days and weeks leading up to the draft are thus naturally chock full of trade rumors.
Compared to the rumors flying, the number of trades is few, and the ones that do end up happening come out of nowhere.
These are the rumors most likely to flop on draft night.
Andre Iguodala has been rumored to go to a number of teams, including the Minnesota Timberwolves. He will not be moved on draft night, but don't be surprised to see him go before the season begins.
Iguodala is one of the most athletic players in the NBA and is a borderline star. Deals involving players of his caliber take weeks to work out. Not enough framework is currently in place to make trade a reality by the draft.
Sam Smith reports the Utah Jazz are considering trading Al Jefferson for a shot at Enes Kanter. This has to be misinformation.
Jefferson is already what Kanter would be if his team got lucky. Kanter sat out last season and is a bit of a wild card. The Jazz will not make this deal.
Rumored at one point to be traded for Iguodala, Ellis also will not be traded tonight.
New coach Mark Jackson could affect Ellis in one of two ways. He could teach him how to be a pass-first guard like he was during his playing career, or the two could clash heads over Ellis' shoot first mentality.
The risk of the second situation might force Golden State to trade Ellis by the beginning of the season.
Marshon Brooks Will Go No. 10
Marshon Brooks was a great player in college. I've had him mocked in my first round since college basketball seasons' end.
But he is not a top-10 player as some people in the Milwaukee Bucks' camp might have you believe.
At Providence College, Brooks was a scorer who rarely had to worry about playing as a team within a system. He can learn the NBA game, but there will be an adjustment period.
Top-10 picks are expected to produce immediately. Milwaukee knows this and will pass up Brooks at No. 10.
Will Roy Hibbert go to Minnesota along with Indiana's No. 15 pick for the No. 2 overall pick? No.
Derrick Williams is a great player, and his value is astronomically higher than Hibbert and whatever sink-or-swim player goes at 15. Although a weak draft, the top two picks this year are still very good.