Draft Rumors! thanks hustler for posting
Could one of you please post the "Draft Rumors" article by Chad Ford from ESPN........Thanks
pease and thank u
we all would be excited to read those.
I'm just going to keep bumping this topic to the top of the forum page so maybe they will see it.
need 2 see this
Yeah I gotta hear the latest draft rumors. Ha
Chad Ford can go &$#%#&@! himself. He's a raging idiot.
yeah i check out hoopsworld and hoopshype some. I just saw today Chad Ford posted a new article about Draft Rumors on espn.com. You have to be an insider to see it though. I think knicksfreak & 2K Davis are both insiders so one of them will post it eventually once they see this.
I'm just not a Chad Ford fan by any means and am shocked 4 people gave me negative points on that one
Haha auber I saw that. I can't believe people gave you all those negative points either. I gave you a thumbs up. Chad Ford is alright with me, he puts out a lot good stuff. Then again some of the stuff he says is bogus. His latest draft rumors should be an interesting read.
are these guyz
That is what I am wondering.
If it is an insider exclusive, it must be really crazy...
John Bryant has a promise in the first round.
Rubio thinks Jennings is all hype.
Blake Griffen is withdrawing from the draft to play in the NFL with his brother Taylor.
Haha....On a more serious note Chad Ford will have some good nba draft trade talk as well as which players are on the rise and who is falling
I made a promise to John Bryant too. I told him I would take him in the 2nd round of my YMCA draft.
With two weeks to go before the 2009 NBA draft, the draft rumors are starting to flow.
Here's the latest we are hearing around the league:
• Of all the teams that have been active in trade discussions the past few weeks, the appearance of the Celtics has been the most surprising and the most interesting.
While the Celtics have shot down a rumor that they were talking to the Suns about an Amare Stoudemire for Rajon Rondo swap … we keep hearing their name more and more in conjunction with a top-to-mid first-round draft pick -- a sign that Danny Ainge must see someone he likes up high.
While various sources have different players pegged, there seems to be some consensus that one player in particular -- Memphis' Tyreke Evans -- is an Ainge favorite.
If the Celtics are going to get Evans, they'll have to get somewhere in the top 10, most likely the top five.
The Grizzlies, Thunder and Wizards all have picks in the top five and have been open to swapping their picks. While it's doubtful that Rondo is their bait, Ray Allen and his expiring contract could be.
The Celtics could trade Allen to Memphis for a combination of Darko Milicic, Greg Buckner and Marko Jaric. That could save the Grizzlies a little money now and a lot of money next year … but that seems like a stretch. The Grizzlies don't need Allen and I'm sure he wouldn't be thrilled to play there.
The Thunder aren't great partners either. They don't really have any bad contracts and while Allen would give them a nice veteran perimeter presence, they're not giving up the No. 3 pick in the draft to get him.
The Kings have also reached out to the Celtics and would be willing to deal the No. 4 pick if they could get Rondo in return. The Celtics would likely want more than just the No. 4 pick for Rondo -- and the Kings might be willing to throw in either Jason Thompson or Spencer Hawes to make it happen.
That leaves the Wizards, who are really intriguing. Allen is a fit in Washington. The Wizards are a veteran team that is looking for another piece to make it a contender. Allen also is in the last year of his contract, which means the Wizards could get some long-term cap relief if they put together the right deal. Would trading Allen for Etan Thomas, Mike James, Darius Songaila and the No. 5 pick make sense for the Wizards and Celtics?
If Boston can't find a workable deal in the top five, several other teams including the Nets (11), Pistons (15), Bulls (16, 26), Wolves (18), Kings (23) and Grizzlies (27) are open to moving their picks. While those wouldn't be high enough to land Evans, it would get the Celtics a solid pick in the first.
The Mavs, Rockets, Knicks and Pacers also have interest in the Wizards' No. 5 pick. And a report surfaced over the week that the Wizards would be open to doing something with the Spurs if they could get their hands on Manu Ginobili. Good luck with that. Gregg Popovich isn't letting him go for the fifth pick in a weak draft.
• The workout of the week will be in Sacramento this Friday. Jonny Flynn, Jrue Holiday and Brandon Jennings go head-to-head in what should be the tiebreaker for the No. 4 pick in the draft if Ricky Rubio isn't on the board.
The other two candidates for the Kings' pick -- James Harden and Evans -- have already been in. Harden had a respiratory infection that hurt his workout a bit. The fact that he plays the same position as the Kings' best player -- Kevin Martin -- doesn't help his cause either.
Evans struggled with his shot and may have shot himself in the foot in an interview when he complained about not being able to work out against other players, but then subsequently balked when the Kings offered to put Terrence Williams in a workout against him. So much for my latest mock draft that has Evans at No. 4. And sources say the Kings are also leaning against Hasheem Thabeet if he's on the board at No. 4.
That leaves the point guards.
What's interesting is that this is Holiday's second workout in Sacramento. The Kings loved him the first time and seem to be leaning in his direction. Holiday's size, defense and upside won them over a bit. If he holds his own versus Flynn and Jennings, he could be the guy.
• Stephen Curry finally got his workout for the Knicks on Wednesday. There was your typical media frenzy and Curry gushing about playing in New York.
Curry, as expected, shot the lights out and wowed the Knicks brass. But whether Curry actually lands in New York on draft night is still up for debate. A number of teams including the Wizards, Wolves and Warriors could take him before then. And if an elite player slips, like Thabeet or Harden, the Knicks may be persuaded to go in a different direction.
But all things being equal, the chances that Curry winds up in New York, something we pegged back in January, remain high.
But here's what I think is really interesting. A number of agents have approached the Knicks with a proposition of sorts: You promise to draft my guy and I won't work him out for teams drafting above the Knicks. Why? Not only are the marketing opportunities off the charts for players in New York, but many players really want to play for Mike D'Antoni.
• The Nets are hosting a huge, 22-team workout starting Friday. The Hawks, Celtics, Mavs, Nuggets, Warriors, Rockets, Pacers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Heat, Nets, Hornets, Knicks, Magic, Sixers, Suns, Blazers, Kings, Spurs, Raptors, Jazz and Wizards are all sending representatives.
This is the last chance for many teams to see most of the mid-to-late prospects in force. Take out the potential lottery prospects and the list of players reads as a who's who of the draft. For a number of these players, this is their last chance to get feedback before the June 15 date.
Here's a look at who's participating in the six sessions:
Friday, June 12: 9:30 a.m. session
Player Pos. Last
Lester Hudson SG Tenn-Martin
Austin Daye SF Gonzaga
Omri Casspi SF Israel
Darren Collison PG UCLA
Derrick Brown PF Xavier
Gani Lawal PF Ga. Tech
This group has two big underclassmen, Gani Lawal and Austin Daye, who have yet to decide whether they'll stay in the draft. This might be a tough workout for Daye.
Lawal and Omri Casspi are pretty physical and that's usually a problem for Daye. Derrick Brown is also working hard to differentiate himself from the pack.
I'm sure Darren Collison wishes he were in the next workout with Maynor and Teague.
UPDATE: The word inside the gym on Friday morning was that Casspi and Brown looked the best in the morning session.
Friday, June 12: 11:15 a.m. session
Player Pos. Last
Eric Maynor PG VCU
Jimmy Baron G URI
Chase Budinger SG Arizona
Joe Ingles SF Australia
Jeff Teague PG Wake Forest
Paul Harris SG Syracuse
The Jeff Teague versus Eric Maynor matchup is a really good one.
Teague is also on the fence about staying in the draft, though right now it seems likely that he stays in. He was injured in the Minnesota workout, straining an MCL, but now he's been cleared to work out again.
UPDATE: The word inside the gym on Friday afternoon was that Maynor looked fantastic and that Budinger shot the lights out.
Saturday, June 13: 9:30 a.m. session
Player Pos. School
Lee Cummard SG/SF BYU
DaJuan Summers SF Georgetown
Damion James SF Texas
Nick Calathes SG/PG Florida
Wes Matthews SG Marquette
Danny Green SF UNC
Really solid group of 3s here. DaJuan Summers has the most buzz right now. Damion James is a possible first-rounder if he decides to stay in the draft.
But the big surprise is the re-emergence of Nick Calathes. He skipped the NBA draft combine and is supposed to be playing pro ball in Greece this season. Sources say he recently asked to be back on the list. I'm trying to get to the bottom of this …
Saturday, June 13: 11:15 a.m. session
Player Pos. Last
Greivis Vasquez SG Maryland
Wayne Ellington SG UNC
Taj Gibson PF USC
Patrick Beverley PG Ukraine
Jermaine Taylor SG UCF
Ahmad Nivins PF St. Joseph's
You can tell Patrick Beverley isn't getting a lot of love as a point guard, being thrown into the mix with mostly 2-guards.
Greivis Vasquez has a tough decision to make as well. His chances of landing in the first round seem slim. Gibson is on the rise, according to some scouts.
Sunday, June 14: 9:30 a.m. session
Player Pos. School
Ryan Toolson SG Utah Valley
Luke Harangody PF Notre Dame
Jack McClinton SG Miami
Josh Heytvelt PF Gonzaga
Luke Nevill C Utah
Ohio State center B.J. Mullens was slated to appear but pulled out of the workout on Friday. His agent gave word to the Nets that he had a promise in the Top 16 and was shutting down workouts. We'll see if the agent is telling the truth on draft night.
Luke Harangody has gotten a lot of buzz in workouts. It will be interesting to see what he decides to do on Monday.
I don't think he's a first-rounder, but he may be OK with a place in the second round. Jack McClinton is another guy to keep an eye on. He's generated some love of late too and has a shot of landing in the late first to early second.
Sunday, June 14: 11:15 a.m. session
Player Pos. School
DeMarre Carroll PF Missouri
Josh Shipp SG UCLA
Jeremy Pargo PG Gonzaga
Taylor Griffin PF Oklahoma
Dionte Christmas SG Temple
Paul Delaney PG/SG UAB
This is probably the weakest group of the day. Carroll has some buzz, despite an inaccurate Internet report that said he may need a liver transplant soon.
The appearance of Daye, Mullens, Chase Budinger, Teague and Maynor in the New Jersey workout is a good sign that despite various reports, they don't know where they're going on draft night.
They aren't the only ones. A few other players who originally refused to work out outside the top 10 are now starting to cave in and work out outside the original spectrum set by their agents.
They include Earl Clark, who did a workout with the Pistons this week. Wake Forest's James Johnson is in the same boat. And UCLA's Holiday has a workout scheduled with the Pacers at No. 13. In each case, the players are trying to find their "floor," the place they know they won't slip past in the draft. No one wants to re-create Rashard Lewis' green room situation on draft night. It's a player's, and agent's, worst nightmare.
Meanwhile a couple of other players seem to be pretty confident about their range. Flynn isn't doing workouts outside the top 10. Neither is Brandon Jennings, DeMar DeRozan or Jordan Hill.
• Speaking of guys all over the map, Louisville's Williams continues to be the toughest guy in the draft to peg. The Warriors are giving him a serious look at No. 7. The Nets also have interest at No. 11 and the list goes on from there. I doubt he slips past Dallas at No. 22 … but that's a huge range from 7 to 22, the biggest I've seen this close to the draft in a while.
• Sweden's Jonas Jerebko antagonized a few GMs when he showed up at the Reebok Eurocamp last Sunday and refused to play, telling me he was "too tired" to play after his team was jettisoned from the playoffs last Wednesday. However, he did play on Monday and looked really impressive according to the handful of NBA guys still there.
However, the word now, from his agents, is that Jerebko is refusing to work out for teams looking at him in the second round. Multiple teams told me that his agents are telling them that he won't slip out of the first round. With several teams sporting multiple first-round picks and a few others needing to draft a European and stash him overseas for a few years to save money, I think we're going to need to move Jerebko into the first round of our next mock draft.
• Meanwhile, one prominent international underclassman, Vladimir Dasic, is withdrawing from the draft. Dasic's agents informed teams this week that he's not coming over to the states for workouts and will be pulling out of the draft.
Dasic has an NBA body and game, but has been a very sporadic producer on the court. The chances he could crack the first round seemed slim. If he can get to a better team in Europe and produce, he'll have a better first-round shot next year.
• This time of year a lot of misinformation is flying around the league. Everyone is on pins and needles. I, and every other reporter, get an angry call from a team, agent or player's parent from time to time complaining that a story is inaccurate or unfair.
Usually the misinformation is harmless. But in the case of an inaccurate Internet report this week on the health of two draft prospects, it can have scarier implications.
An Internet draft site this week claimed that Missouri's DeMarre Carroll may need a "liver transplant in the near or long-term future," and that UConn's A.J. Price still had a brain aneurism that could jeopardize his career.
Yes, Carroll does have an issue with his liver. It's been known for several years and, according to Carroll's agent Mark Bartelstein, it is something that has been treated with medication.
But a liver transplant in the near future?
Bartelstein told ESPN.com that Dr. Jeffrey Crippin, the Marilyn Bornefeld Endowed Chair in GI Research and Treatment at Washington University in St. Louis, has been treating Carroll for the past two years and has assured Bartelstein that the issue will have no effect on Carroll's NBA career.
Bartelstein said Crippin was preparing a report that would be sent to every team giving further explanation about the condition.
Bartelstein's take was consistent with the take of two NBA doctors who, sources said, had cleared Carroll to be drafted.
"The docs said it's worth taking a look at, but it shouldn't have an effect on his NBA career and hasn't caused any issues in college," one source said.
Bartelstein wasn't the only one bristling.
Agent Jeff Schwartz also took umbrage at the same Internet report. His client, A.J. Price, was also targeted. The site said that Price "still has an aneurysm in an artery of his brain that could become a serious issue later in his career."
According to Schwartz, along with two NBA sources who have seen the report, the NBA actually gave him a clean bill of health.
"A.J. does not have still have an aneurysm," Schwartz told ESPN.com. "It's completely untrue."
Schwartz said the NBA lead doctor will send a message to all 30 teams Friday confirming that there was no aneurysm in Price's MRI.
Said one NBA executive who has seen the original medical report. "I don't know who would've read the report and thought it said that. There was nothing."
thanks for alerting me to this article!
Cool thanks hustler
F THE MAN..... espn... do you not make enough money already to just post articles for fans to read? i guarantee they would do WAY BETTER if they just put up the articles everyone wants to read... boosted advertising revenues from REAL COMPANIES would be way more profitable than charging 2 bucks to the average reader.
it's all cuz they have a failing magazine and they have to package insider with the magazine. JUST DROP THE MAGAZINE! I hate the bureaucracy
I like that tidbit about agents proposals to the Knicks. It could be huge if a big name "falls" to us.
Good info hustler...