The Cleveland Cavaliers are still celebrating their NBA championship, but the rest of the Association is focused on Thursday's NBA Draft and the start of free agency on July 1. With the offseason officially here, the NBA rumor mill is cranking at full speed. Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below:
Draft Trades Aplenty?
The NBA Draft is just two days away and there a several rumblings about draft night trades. This year's first round could be filled with trades.
#TWolves GM Scott Layden says he expects a lot of movement on Thursday night. A lot of teams calling them on 5.— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) June 21, 2016
A prominent agent told me he expects a flurry of trades around the draft, with some star players even being jettisoned.— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) June 20, 2016
Whether or not Thursday is a chaotic night filled with trades remains to be seen. However, teams like the Boston Celtics (more on them below), Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers have all been rumored to have interest in making trades during the draft in the past few days. Trades aren't uncommon during an NBA Draft, but there could be more than usual Thursday.
Celtics Want Noel?
The Celtics have been shopping the No. 3 overall pick, but have yet to find an offer that's enough for them. The 76ers are a potential trade partner, and Boston reportedly wants one player in particular.
League sources tell https://t.co/aPhi5ponKj that the Celtics' target in trade talks with Philadelphia is Nerlens Noel.— Brian Geltzeiler (@hoopscritic) June 21, 2016
Noel would provide the Celtics with the rebounding and rim-protecting big the roster currently lacks. But Noel has one year left on his contract and might not be worth giving up the No. 3 overall pick. The 76ers, if they trade up into the Top 5, are likely targeting either Jamal Murray or Kris Dunn. What the Celtics do with the No. 3 pick will have a massive impact on the draft this year.
Kings Trading McLemore?
The Sacramento Kings tried to trade shooting guard Ben McLemore at the trade deadline, but didn't pull the trigger. That might change during the draft.
Some interest around the league in Ben McLemore of the Kings. Teams know he is available and are calling. Not necessarily connected to picks— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) June 21, 2016
It's unclear what the Kings are hoping to get in exchange for the former No. 7 overall pick. He has plenty of physical tools, but has never been able to put it all together.Back to the NBA Newsfeed