Teams Poised to Make NBA Draft Trades
Trades are inevitable in almost every NBA Draft, as teams look to change their position or go after marquee players with hopes of reaching their intended goals during the offseason.
Last year the most infamous example of this involved the Pelicans and Sixers, who swapped Jrue Holiday and the 42nd pick for Nerlens Noel and the 10th pick in this year’s draft (sorry to remind any Pelicans’ fans of their misfortunes).
But which teams will opt to make a move this year? Here’s a few to keep an eye on as we get closer to the 2014 NBA Draft.
We’ve already heard plenty of rumors about Boston trying to acquire superstar forward Kevin Love.
However even if that high-profile move doesn’t fall through, look for the Celtics to try to move up in the draft, as GM Danny Ainge has reportedly shown interest in top-tier prospects like Joel Embiid and Noah Vonleh – 2 that may be unavailable by the time they’re on the clock.
The key to Boston acquiring a higher pick will be whether these players are actually available, but with a heap of assets and 2 first round draft picks, the Celtics are in position to make something happen.
Los Angeles Lakers
With the Lakers in the mix to acquire sharpshooter Klay Thompson, there’s no doubt they’ll have to forfeit their No. 7 pick.
Barring that this deal doesn’t fall through, the only other scenario would be to trade down for a lower pick- which seems unlikely given their need to rebuild as soon as possible.
The Kings have shown interest in numerous prospects like Nik Stauskas, Doug McDermott and Aaron Gordon.
However they also don’t want to waste money on another draft pick, and have reportedly inquired with numerous teams about trading their first rounder.
“But the Kings might not pick anyone at all, according to the Boston Globe. The team is shopping their contract, “realizing they don’t need another 19-year-old on their roster if they are planning to win soon. They also have to encourage Rudy Gay not to opt out of the final year of his contract at $19 million and stay a King… Multiple sources confirmed with ESPN that the Kings want to trade the pick.”
With a talented core consisting of Isaiah Thomas, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento appears only a few pieces away from reaching mediocrity in the Western Conference.
Arron Afflalo’s name has been swirling in numerous trade rumors leading up to the draft, so to see Orlando package him in a deal to acquire more picks or talent doesn’t seem out of the question.
“The Chicago Bulls are pursuing a trade for Orlando Magic swingman Arron Afflalo, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Afflalo, 28, has two years left on his contract – including an Early Termination Option (ETO) provision next summer – and front office executives believe the Magic are prioritizing a trade for Afflalo over working to extend his contract.”
With a promising plethora of young talent, the Magic don’t have a need to hang onto Afflalo, especially if they opt to take a top tier guard like Dante Exum or Marcus Smart in the draft.
Minnesota Timberwolves and All Teams Interested in Kevin Love
Even though Flip Saunders has set smoke screens claiming he feels no need to trade Kevin Love on draft night, expect the Timberwolves to pull a trigger on a deal simply because they’ll get no better offer.
With Kevin Love claiming he has no interest in staying with the team, prolonging his time there will only continue to hurt his trade value, as teams would rather bring him in before the start of the season to avoid a chemistry mix up or wait until the next offseason so they won’t have to unload assets.
So far we’ve seen the Warriors, Bulls, Rockets, Celtics, Cavs, and Suns show interest in the superstar big man. As we inch closer to the start of the draft, expect trade talks to continue to heat up.
The Sixers want Andrew Wiggins desperately, as they believe inserting him into their starting lineup would create a speedy, athletic core like none other.
How desperate are they?
Well considering they’ve offered rookie of the year Michael-Carter Williams and forward Thaddeus Young, it’s quite obvious they will go at all costs to reel in the prized Kansas superstar.
However even if the Sixers are unable to land Wiggins, they still have the assets to make other deals, possessing a plethora of picks and plenty of cap space, which could allow them to acquire numerous contracts or even a large scale one.
As previously mentioned, the Bulls have shown interest in Magic sharpshooter Arron Afflalo, which makes sense since he’s a superb defender and the type of scorer they need to re-surge their offensive woes.
But even if the Bulls pass on Afflalo, there’s still a chance the team will make a move on draft day, as there’s been reports that the they’re interested in trading up to acquire a more talented prospect.
The Suns are in prime position to make a trade on draft night, as they possess the 14th, 18th and 27th pick and already have told teams they’re more than willing to let one go.
During the trade deadline there were reports that Phoenix was interested in acquiring a high caliber player, so to think their pursuit won’t continue in the draft seems unlikely.
Whether the Suns decide to pull off a blockbluster trade or make a string of small deals, it’s almost certain they will make some type of move on draft night given their picks and young assets.
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