Draft Day Trades
Lasy year was a bit unexciting in terms of movement on draft day, but with a very weak class this year, many teams are looking to dump their pick. I personally think Cleveland will (or at least should) trade the #1. Detroit is another team I think will trade their pick as there likely won't be anybody that they will need at #8. Other teams like Minnesota, Pheonix, and Sacremento have explored trading their picks as well so ive heard. My problem is I can not think of any possible trades for these picks. What teams are gonna want to give up a solid piece for a lottery pick in a weak draft? I need help trying to think of a team and what pieces would be traded for any of those picks.
Chris Grant at Cleveland last year consolidated his picks and may well look to do the same with 19th, 31st and 33rd but once they got top pick it meant they did not have to make any moves to move up.
The likes of Phoenix, Oklahoma, T-Wolves, Utah and Atlanta all have two first rounders so they could make a move upwards but with so many teams having double picks i not a great first round then trade ups or trade outs may not really happen.
I'd watch a team like Toronto as they may see what they could get for Bargnani and with his value being low at the moment and not a great draft then something could happen.
Dallas will probably wait for FA but they might just move up if Mark Cuban decided to make aa splash, teams like the Lakers, Knicks and Brooklyn could also buy in or buy to move up with their finances perhaps.
Daryl Morey at Houston could maybe look to get into the draft and Kevin Pritchard at the Pacers will be in a draft room on draft night so I'd certainly keep a close eye on what the Pacers do given his previous liking for moves on draft nights.
I was actually just reading an article on bleacher report, which isnt the best source, but it was only a proposition made by the writer himself. He said Danny Granger for #1. Not sure how that would work salary wise, but that trade could be beneficiary to both sides.
I think that trade would be a huge swing and a miss for Cleveland. Granger right now is not worth the #1 pick in any draft.
He is not as good as his numbers from 2010 suggest, he is coming off an injury plagued season, is 30, would be a FA after next season anyway and would kill the Cavs salary cap flexibility if he was resigned to a long term deal.
If Wiggins was in this draft everybody would be talking about how this is a pretty good draft.
If Davis hadn't been in last year's draft, everybody would have been talking about what a weak draft it was.
This draft was written off as weak over a year ago. In the meantime, McLlemore, Giannis, Schroeder, Olynyk, and others have come out of nowhere, while MCW, Burke, Plumlee, and Nogueira were known quantities that have made unexpected advances in their games and as prospects.
Guys like Saric, Gobert, and Goodwin have joined this draft as a reaction to next year's deep reputation.
Are we sure next year's draft is deeper than this year's, from picks 5-30? I wouldn't be so sure, especially since some will return to get drafted higher in '15.
The middle 15 picks in this draft look very deep to me, and plenty of talent spilling into the 2nd round.
Teams may not make blockbuster trades for the top pick or even the 6th pick, but teams like Utah and ATL have to be very happy with two top 21 picks. Atl can draft two eventual starters at 17 and 18, and that's nothing to scoff at. Even if most journalists will shallowly write off this draft as weak because it lacks instant stars that make a good headline.
I think Marcus Smart opting to stay was the last straw, now this draft does look very weak at the top, but it's true it is very deep, the first top 10-12 picks of the second round are guys that could easily be late first rounders.
This is gonna be like the 2011 draft. Looked at as a 2 person draft (Irving, Williams vs McLemore, nerlens) but otherwise will serve as deep with role players. 2011 kind of surprised us with how well they turned out to play, but I feel this draft will just live up to expectations and not much more.
Last year's draft was deeper as so many guys who were eligible to declare in 2011 decided to stay in college another year. Next year's draft has a very strong incoming freshman class which will be eligible to declare so already on paper it looks a lot stronger.
If there are hidden gems in the draft then good GM's tend to find them and if players are taken high maybe we don't have to think of them as potential franchise changers as Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker maybe have the potential to be. But these players can still have good NBA careers and either assit the prospects thems have in place or those they will add in the future.
The Jazz clearly move up for Burke or McCollum. Not sure who they prefer, but will put together an enticing package for whoever is interested in the 5-9 range.