NBA Draft Trade Rumors: Which Teams Could Move Up or Down?
With the NBA draft only a day away, several teams are looking to move up or down in an attempt to either acquire a veteran player or improve their draft stock.
Some might try and move up to select Florida's Bradley Beal at No. 2, while other could attempt to move down for extra picks.
With the draft fast approaching, here is the latest buzz concerning potential draft-day trades.
The Cavs reportedly want to trade up to the No. 2 overall pick to secure Bradley Beal, but that move may not materialize. AP sports writer Tom Withers reports via Twitter that they haven't spoken to the Bobcats in days.
In addition, Withers says that Cleveland feels content that it will end up finding a player that it likes at No. 4.
#Cavaliers don't feel they have to move up to land a player they want/need. There will be a choice group to pick from if they stay at No. 4— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) June 27, 2012
The Cavs will likely roll the dice on Harrison Barnes or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the No. 4 pick if Beal is unavailable.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have been looking to trade the No. 7 overall pick for a veteran small forward, and while names like Rudy Gay and Andre Iguodala were brought up early on, ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that Golden State is now eyeing Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets.
Broussard said via Twitter:
Lots of teams calling Denver to trade for Nuggets' young players. 1of several moves being discussed: Wil Chandler to G State for 7th pick— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 27, 2012
A starting lineup featuring Chandler, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee and Andrew Bogut could push the Warriors into the playoff picture.
By swapping the No. 14 overall pick and Samuel Dalembert for the No. 12 overall selection and a trio of Bucks bench players, the Rockets have further improved their draft positioning. This move comes only a day after Houston acquired a third draft pick in yesterday's trade of Chase Budinger to Minnesota.
Trade story add: Dwight obviously Rockets' dream target but sources say they'll pursue Atlanta's Josh Smith (and others) if ORL won't budge— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 26, 2012
In addition to using their picks, the Rockets could also dangle point guard Kyle Lowry as trade bait.
Needless to say, the Rockets have been the league's most aggressive team leading up to the draft.
ESPN's Chad Ford reports that Utah general manager Kevin O'Connor is trying to land a lottery pick in order to draft Damian Lillard.
He goes onto say that almost everyone on the roster except Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter could be in play.
According to ESPN's Andy Katz, Bradley Beal is a wanted man, making Charlotte's No. 2 overall pick a hot commodity around the league.
Ford reports that the Bobcats would still like to move down, but would also like a team to take back the $25 million left on the contract of Tyrus Thomas, which is very doubtful.
He also adds that Cleveland is the most likely trading partner, as it could ship the No. 4 and No. 24 picks to the Bobcats.
With a day still to go, I would be surprised if the Bobcats end up drafting at No. 2.
Toronto is another team that could deal the No. 8 pick for a veteran wing player, but if that doesn't materialize, Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld.com notes that they could be in play with Houston for point guard Kyle Lowry.
Toronto has plenty of options as the draft nears.
New Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has been non-commital on whether or not Dwight Howard will be dealt before the draft, as David Baumann reported via Twitter.
It will be interesting to see if the Rockets can make a blockbuster offer and whether or not Hennigan can turn it down.
Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld tweeted that both the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are looking to move into the first round.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are each trying to acquire a first-round pick, according to league sources.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 27, 2012
In addition, Yahoo Sports Marc Spears tweets that the Lakers are actively shopping Pau Gasol in an attempt to do so.
The Lakers are very open to trade talk in regards to forward Pau Gasol, but nothing is imminent, according to two NBA sources.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 27, 2012
The Lakers were a team with a pair of first-round picks, but sent both of them away to acquire Ramon Sessions and Jordan Hill at the trade deadline.