NBA Draft 2011: 10 Rumors That Might Actually Come True
With the 2011 NBA Draft minutes away, there are plenty of rumors swirling around about trades and picks still out there.
As the Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats continue to work on a three-way trade that could shake up the draft, many of these rumors seem to have a better chance at becoming a reality.
Here are 10 draft rumors that could end up coming true.
Trade: Miami Heat Move Up into the First Round
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The Miami Heat only have one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and it's a second-round pick.
With a point guard need, Miami may decide to move into the late first-round in order to draft a mid-level point guard like Darius Morris.
In order to do this, the Heat would likely try something similar to what the Lakers might try—buy the pick for $3 million dollars.
Trade: Chicago Bulls' No. 28 Pick to Los Angeles Lakers
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The Los Angeles Lakers have been rumored to want to move into the first round.
Chicago has two first-round picks and with no glaring need, they can afford to move one of those picks.
The Lakers have four second-round picks and they will be able to move one of them if they chose to get into the first round, or buy the 28th pick for $3 million.
With a need for a point guard, the Lakers may have to get into the first round in order to get a player like Norris Cole.
Trade: Minnesota Timberwolves' No. 2 Pick to Atlanta Hawks
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Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Atlanta Hawks have offered to trade Josh Smith to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
You can read the story here.
The Timberwolves have received offers from a number of teams, but this may be one of the more attractive packages that has been put together.
It's not a sure thing by any means, but it could happen before the Timberwolves are off the clock.
Trade: Minnesota Timberwolves' No. 2 Pick to Phoenix Suns
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The Phoenix Suns have reportedly presented two possible trades to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an attempt to land the No. 2 overall pick.
The less likely deal involves veteran point guard, Steve Nash, being traded in a package deal to Minnesota for the Timberwolves' first pick.
Steve Nash has made it pretty clear that he does not want to be traded to a team that isn't a title contender and it seems that the Suns are willing to honor that desire.
Another offer that has been put out there that has a greater chance of happening is a deal that would send Marcin Gortat and the No. 13 pick to the Timberwolves in exchange for their first pick.
Both deals are an attempt to get drafting position to pick Derrick Williams.
Read the rest of the story here.
Trade: Detroit Pistons' No. 8 Pick to Houston Rockets
As the draft begins to shake up with a proposed three-team trade involving Milwaukee, Sacramento and Charlotte, the trade floodgates could now be open.
The Houston Rockets have been trying to move up for weeks now and while they might not be able to put together a package to persuade Minnesota, they may have enough to get the Piston's pick at No. 8.
Courtney Lee has been rumored to be a tradable piece that the Rockets are shopping around.
Trade: New York Knicks Move Up
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The New York Knicks have been expressing interest in moving up in the draft for a while in order to try and get Bismack Biyombo or Jimmer Fredette.
If the three-team trade between the Bucks, Bobcats and Kings goes through like most people think, this will be made more difficult.
However, If the Knicks can involve another team they may be able to move up into the sixth or seventh spot and grab Biyombo or Fredette before the Pistons or Kings take them.
Utah Jazz Will Select Kemba Walker
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After trading Beno Udrih, the Sacramento Kings may have shown that they are no longer interested in Kemba Walker.
Should the Kings pass on Walker, the Utah Jazz will likely take him at No. 12.
The Jazz, who have been receiving immense pressure from the fans in Utah to select local hero Jimmer Fredette, may be off the hook in this situation.
Sacramento Kings Will Select Jimmer Fredette
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The Sacramento Kings may have wanted to pick Jimmer Fredette at No. 7, but after trading that pick and moving down to No. 10, they can be more comfortable with their selection.
At pick No. 10, the Kings may have strategically placed themselves in a position that allows them to draft Fredette in a better spot.
Trade: Sacramento Kings' No. 10 Pick to San Antonio Spurs
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On the other hand, if the Kings aren't planning on selecting Jimmer Fredette, maybe they're making room for a veteran point guard like Tony Parker.
The Spurs have been rumored to have interest in the Kings' pick, and Sacramento has been rumored to be on the hunt for a veteran guard.
With Beno Udrih now gone, Tony Parker would be able to step in quite nicely.
Cleveland Cavaliers Will Select Derrick Williams
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have kept their selection under wraps throughout the last few months.
Most people project Kyrie Irving to be selected first overall, but the Cavaliers have not made it official.
Williams has said multiple times that he believes he deserves to be the No. 1 pick, and whether or not that is true, he makes the most sense for the Cavs.
If they do in fact shock the world and take him with the first pick in the draft, the rest of the first round would likely feel the ripples.