The NBA Draft is fast approaching, and following the blockbuster trade in which the Philadelphia 76ers acquired the No. 1 pick from the Boston Celtics, teams at the top of the draft are starting to settle on top targets and who they will take with their picks. Still, there are plenty of rumors swirling about other possible trades that may happen over the course of the next few days. Here are all the latest NBA Draft rumors you need to know:
Timberwolves looking to trade picks for Jimmy Butler
The Chicago Bulls had been in talks with the Boston Celtics about a possible trade for Jimmy Butler, but they aren't the only ones. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Minnesota Timberwolves are in contact with Chicago about a deal.
Sources: Chicago’s price for Jimmy Butler remains elevated, but Minnesota has assets and interest. Sides made preliminary contact this week.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 19, 2017
Butler began his career playing for Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau in Chicago, and it's clear Thibodeau still holds him in high regard.
Butler averaged 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game last season.
Kings "starved" for Josh Jackson
The Sacramento Kings have been linked to Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox throughout much of the pre-draft process, and even discussed trading for the No. 3 pick to get him before the 76ers dealt the pick to the Celtics. Now, they're still looking to possibly trade into that spot, but to draft Kansas' Josh Jackson, according to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.
The Kings are “starved” for Kansas forward Josh Jackson, according to The Vertical’s Chris Mannix. The vibe I get from chatting with league sources is there’s a distinct possibility that the Kings would look to move up ahead of Phoenix (no. 4) for Jackson, possibly using the no. 5 and no. 10 picks, but they’d need more back than just the no. 3 pick. If I were the Kings, I’d want Crowder, who is locked into a cheap deal through 2020, or Smart, who the Kings were targeting in the 2014 draft. It’s doubtful the Celtics would be willing to cough up either player, but they need to trim salary to have maximum cap space. The Kings have good reason to ask for a nice player in return.
Boston is still open to trading back even further in the draft, and Sacramento could package the No. 5 and No. 10 picks to move up.
Jackson averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a freshman last season.
Los Angeles currently holds the second and 28th picks in this year's draft. While there have been inquires on the No. 2 pick, sources said it remains unlikely the Lakers would trade out of that position.
The Lakers are giving strong consideration to UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Kansas' Josh Jackson and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox with the No. 2 pick.
Los Angeles is looking to acquire a second lottery pick in this year's draft, but aren't going to do so by trading back.
The Lakers have been linked to Ball throughout the entire draft process, and it will be a shock if they take anyone over him. LA has been going out of their way to do their due diligence and give the illusion that they aren't set on drafting Ball, but they still plan to take him.Back to the NBA Newsfeed