JUST SOME NEW DRAFT RUMORS & OTHER NBA NEWS/Talk
The Hawks trade Marvin Williams & Acie Law to the Wizards for Caron Butler & Javaris Crittenton???
Minnesota trades Al Jefferson & a draft pick to the Suns for Stoudemire???
Ben Gordon most likely to sign with the Pistons
Detroit is also interested in Tervor Ariza
It's clear that new Timberwolves basketball president David Kahn is looking to move up in the June 25 NBA draft. One rumor that makes sense for the Wolves, who have the No. 6 overall pick and have glaring needs at center and point guard, is trading forward Kevin Love to the Memphis Grizzlies for their No. 2 overall pick. Memphis, however, probably wouldn't make the deal.
But if it did, the Wolves could take UConn's 7-2 Hasheem Thabeet. And with their No. 6 pick, they could take 6-3 guard Stephen Curry of Davidson.
Jrue Holiday has worked at for Phoenix but he won't be working out for Golden State
"The question isn't whether the Knicks would take Arizona power forward Jordan Hill. The question is whether enough teams ahead of the Knicks looking at guards will hasten Hill's fall to No. 8 on June 25. That Hill worked out for the Knicks yesterday was a great sign -- an acknowledgement that Hill may still be on the board when the Knicks come up to bat at No. 8. "There could be a chance," Hill said after his solo workout. "Just to be sure, we have a backup plan and showcase for the lower top 10. Anything can happen in this draft. New York is a good place. You got to see what comes down."
"If there is one trait the Nets admire in players above all else -- aside from flat out greatness, of course -- it is versatility. They love point guards who can play shooting guard, shooting guards who can play small forward, small forwards who play everywhere. So the Nets had a special interest in yesterday's pre-draft workouts with forwards James Johnson of Wake Forest and Earl Clark of Louisville. Johnson is probably best suited as a small forward (he is just a bit over 6-foot-7). But while he has played power forward and even shooting guard in college, his tweener size may hurt him. "I consider myself as a three. That's what they're looking at me as, a three," said Johnson
You know about the three guys who came to work Wednesday and how well they all did, but we're getting some clear signals about how the Nets are not really close to making up their minds yet.
Two reasons: 1. Terrence Williams. 2. Tyler Hansbrough.
No exaggeration: For all the talk about how the workouts really don't mean much, this whole thing could ride on what Williams shows them Friday and what Hansbrough shows them Monday. Even if 80 percent of the guys they'll work out this week are smalls, they're still going the BPA route. And yes, they're still mulling whether they can get as good a player at 18 to 25 (such as Williams) as they could at 11, which would create some trade opportunities. Toward that end, they're talking to teams with multiples -- Minnesota and Chicago -- more than anyone else, with the occasional call to Portland, which wants to move its (24th) pick. We also know this much: They're not likely to move up for Jordan Hill or Jonny Flynn, whom they like well enough. . . . just not well enough to move up for them.
(Demar) DeRozan said he'd have no problem playing in Toronto, especially given the need for an athletic guard-forward.
"I think it'll fit perfectly," he said. "That describes me 100 per cent, that's definitely something I could bring to the team."
It is pretty much almost a fact now that Memphis will not draft Rubio unless they have a trade in place. The Grizzlies will decide between Thabeet & Harden if they do not trade the pick.
Nice trades. I completely agree with you. But we will see what happens when the trades actually happen. Thought I don't know about the Wiz getting Williams and law. Not exactly the veteran they are looking for. Look for the wiz to go with a litttle more experience than Williams. (A lot of talent, but the Wiz need experience in their veteran not talent.) Other than that nice job.
I can't see the Bulls letting him go to the Pistons. I could see him being dealt to New Jersey for Bobby Simmons and #11 or possibly Charlotte for #12 and some contracts.
Ben Gordon is an unrestricted free agent so if he wants to go to Detroit the Bulls can't do anything about it.
Gordon is a free agnet this year. He can go where ever he likes to.
Boy, it would be hard to part with Love, but Thabeet & whatever PG they get would fit the roster better.
Personally I think they should try to pair the 6 pick with some of their 2nd rounders & maybe a player (not Love) to move up to 2 & grab Thabeet. That way they still get the center they need & they still have both their PFs. That would be a formidable front line. They just need to make sure & hang on to at least one pick so they can bring in a PG as well.
Don't know if Memphis goes for that, but makes more sense for Minnesota to me. One reason Memphis might go for it is that I really don't think they are going to get the deal they thought they were - so either picks 6 & 18 or picks 6, 28 & 45 could be enough to pry the #2 pick loose.
They need a PG desprerately....I think they would take RUBIO at 2 he makes everyone around him better and they would play AL at Center even though he would rather play PF.
That is a ridiculous rumor. If their owner made that trade for Stoudemire, he would be a fool to give up A.J. and #6 for a guy who will NOT sign their long-term.
if the twolves make that deal to get amare that would be one of the dumbest moves i have ever heard of because i consider big al to be better then amare and then give up the 6th pick? what???? that doesn't make sense
I didn't make any of this stuff up by the way. I just copy & pasted different articles from a few websites. I thought it was pretty interesting stuff.
If I were the Wizards I wouldn't trade Butler unless I got a star in return.
TWolves would be pretty stupid to trade Jefferson. Maybe if they traded him straight up for Stoudemire. I wouldn't include a draft pick in the deal. Amare would have to agree to re-sign with the TWolves also.
I don't think Detroit is the best place for Gordon or Ariza.
I can't believe Holiday isn't working out for the Warriors. What is the deal there? Seems pretty stupid.
Hill would be a good pick for the Knicks at #8 but I still think Curry is the better fit and the player they really want.
I wouldn't mind seeing the Nets trading down and the Bulls trading up in the draft.
Pretty obvious DeRozan will not fall past pick 9.
I like Kevin Love to Memphis for #2. Rubio Thabeet and Jefferson. A veteran with some leadership signed in the offseason next year and Minnesota is back in the playoffs race.
I think the Grizzlies could do better than Kevin Love for their number two pick. I would try and get a player and a high draft pick if i were them