Nets Likely to Take Wes Johnson
According to sources the Nets indeed will take Wes Johnson with their 3rd pick meaning that Derrick Favors will likely fall to the Timberwolves at 4.
Taking Johnson over Favors makes sense in the short term as the team is looking to make a quick splash with new billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov and set a precedence of winning. They also could be looking to add one of the high-profile power forward free agents (Bosh, Amare, Dirk). But that strategy could easily backfire if they were unable to sign one of them.
Luke Babbitt 8 or 9
The Clippers and Jazz are both in love with the tough-nosed, sweet-shooting forward. With Ed Davis likely going 7th to the Pistons, as Joe Dumars has him 7th on his board, Al-Farouq Aminu being available at 8 appears likely. The Clippers, who need a SF, will likely decide between Aminu and Luke Babbitt. If they opt for Aminu, Utah would get the player they covet in Babbitt.
Daniel Orton to Indiana?
Daniel Orton has been rumored to be slipping of late. Not having an agent certainly doesn’t help his cause and canceling workouts with teams also isn’t a great way to insure a pick. We’ve heard that Orton may have a promise with either Oklahoma City at 21 or Miami at 18. He shut down workouts only to have one more workout with Indiana at 10.
Toronto Tuesday Workout
The Raptors worked out Cole Aldrich and Devin Ebanks today. Both players are firmly be in the mix at 13. Toronto didn’t figure that Aldrich would be available to them until recently, but with Babbitt potentially going at 9 to Utah, the chance of Aldrich being available at 13 appears very possible.
Toronto remains very high on Ebanks, and as we reported last week and would like to add a mid-first rounder to target him. Another player who the team was high on, Avery Bradley, appears to have fallen out of favor and should ultimately slip down a few spots from their pick. He was left out of the green room invites.
Bucks to Look for Eventual Redd Replacement
With Michael Redd’s second major knee injury, the Bucks will need to look for a 2-guard to eventually replace him.
We hear that the Bucks are extremely high on Lance Stephenson and could even consider taking him over Xavier Henry, James Anderson AND Avery Bradley. Stephenson is all over the place on draft boards as a high risk/reward type of pick.
The Bucks completed a deal for Corey Maggette today, which means selecting a physical wing like Stephenson makes less sense.
Green Room Invites
The list of invites has grown to 15. They are as follows: John Wall, Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, Wesley Johnson, DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Monroe, Al-Farouq Aminu, Luke Babbitt, Ekpe Udoh, Ed Davis, Gordon Hayward, Cole Aldrich, Paul George, Pattrick Patterson, Xavier Henry.