The 2018 NBA Draft is just over a week away, and as such, teams are wrapping up their individual and group workouts as they narrow down their targets. There is particular interest at the top of the draft, where Real Madrid guard Luka Doncic, Texas center Mo Bamba, and Oklahoma guard Trae Young have all seen their stock rise. Here are the latest NBA Draft rumors you need to know:
Clippers looking to trade up for Luka Doncic
The Los Angeles Clippers currently hold the No. 12 and No. 13 picks in the draft, giving them the opportunity to land two quality players at the back end of the lottery. However, the team does not appear to be satisfied with that.
They have expressed an interest in packaging those picks in order to move up on draft night, and Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports that they are targeting Doncic.
"I think there's a lot of fluidity to this draft," Charania said. "You could see a lot of pick movement. The Clippers have looked to trade up. I think a guy that they have really looked at heavily is Luka Doncic of Real Madrid. I think it'll be a lot of movement in this draft, potentially."
Los Angeles has also expressed interest in making a move up for Missouri's Michael Porter Jr., but they appear to be favoring Doncic if he slides.
Doncic is in the running for the No. 1 overall pick with Arizona's Deandre Ayton, but if the Phoenix Suns decide to go with Ayton over him, there's a chance he could slide out of the top three altogether.
The 6-foot-8, 225-pounder, who projects to be a point guard in the NBA, averaged 15.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game this season.
Suns want to acquire second top 10 pick
Phoenix currently has the No. 1, 16, and 31 picks in the draft, and while they plan to keep the top pick, they are looking to move up and acquire a second top 10 pick, according to Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman.
If they do, the Suns could be targeting Young with that pick.
Sources confirm: Phoenix Suns have been trying to bring in Trae Young for dinner/workout, but scheduling has made it difficult. Meeting to likely take place at some point before draft. Evidence Phoenix will be looking to add a 2nd top-10 pick.— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) June 9, 2018
Young, who became the first player in college basketball history to lead the country in both points and assists in a single season, averaged 27.4 points, 8.7 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Sooners.
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Lakers targeting Lonnie Walker?
The Los Angeles Lakers don't pick until No. 25 in the draft but held a secret workout for projected lottery pick Lonnie Walker and could potentially trade up for him, according to The Plug, a “sneaker marketplace” out of Reading, Pennsylvania, which is Walker's hometown.
Walker averaged 11.5 points and 2.6 rebounds for Miami last season.Back to the NBA Newsfeed