While Madison Square Garden undergoes a facelift (like the team that plays there), the NBA draft moves to New Jersey for the year. Kyrie Irving seems to be a lock to go No. 1 to Cleveland despite the questions surrounding him and his lack of experience.
Less certain is where the rest of the field will land in the draft. Here are a few possible trades that will shake up the draft.
Kudos to Twitterville and the guys at Knicksvision.com for keeping an ear to the ground on this one.
This makes sense for New York, who picked up the option on Chauncy Billups for the upcoming season. The Knicks need a big man, and if they pull this off, they’ll probably take Tristan Thompson from Texas.
If the Cavs use the trade exception, I don’t see them using it to swap players with the Pistons and the No. 8 pick. The more likely scenario here would be Sacramento at No. 7.
The Kings clearly aren’t liking what they see at this position, and Cleveland desperately needs to rebuild right now and thinks it can do that with a third lottery pick.
Detroit would want to dump either Richard Hamilton ($12.5 million) or Charlie Villanueva ($24 million over three years), but they would want something substantial in return.
Cleveland (who can absorb around $14 million) would likely dump Ramon Sessions.
Regardless of the fact it was to the French tabloids, Parker seems unhappy in San Antonio, and the Spurs see him as replaceable, rumoring him in trade talks since last season (to the Lakers or Knicks).
This could be a similar situation to San Antonio, minus the small controversies surrounding Parker.
Felton was a solid contributor in Charlotte and New York, and can be a viable option for some clubs.
The Lakers make the most sense to me, but they don’t draft in the first round this year.
Milwaukee has also been rumored to be looking for a backup point guard, and with the No. 10 pick, could be a landing spot for Felton.
Orlando definitely has expendable pieces with Jason Williams, Jason Richardson and Malik Allen all entering the final year of their deals.
The Magic could also offer up sharpshooter Quentin Richardson, the oft-injured, high-risk/high-reward Jameer Nelson or the solid role player in Brandon Bass.
Orlando needs to keep Howard in blue and black, and moving into the first round could be a sign they’re serious about keeping him with the Magic.