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NBA Draft day morning rumor roundup

Jun 23, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

George Hill, Tony Parker, Channing Frye AP

The NBA has seen more rumors in the last 24 hours than the morning after a Charlie Sheen party. At least we didn’t wake up wondering where we were. We’ll be bringing you all the latest over the course of Thursday right up to the draft (and plenty of pick-by-pick draft coverage, too) but to get you started here are a bunch of the rumors collected on Thursday morning:

We’ve been telling you about all the rumored Tony Parker trades (and there are a lot of them), but the Spurs also may be shopping George Hill to move up in this draft. The Spurs rumored target is sharpshooter Klay Thompson.

The Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks are discussing a deal that would send Ersan Ilyasova to the Rockets along with the No. 10 pick for a package that includes the No. 23 and No. 24 picks plus another player.

The Rockets have had talks with a number of teams because they want to move up, including Detroit at No. 8. Apparently they want a big man and like Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas. (A lot of teams like him, look for him to go early.)

The key pick in this draft remains the Jazz at No. 3. They would love it if Derrick Williams falls to them. If not, if they have to choose between Brandon Knight and Enes Kanter, put your money on Kanter. He doesn’t fill a need but the Jazz are a “best player available” team.

There are a lot of rumors that Tristan Thompson could go as high as No. 4. Which seems crazy to me, but there it is.

If I were placing my money on one team to trade their lottery pick this draft, it would be the Bucks.

Would you believe the Lakers and Warriors talked about a deal that was Monta Ellis for Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown? That’s what Ken Berger reports at CBSSports. I have trouble seeing how Monta Ellis and Kobe Bryant work together in the back court, frankly.

Just so you know, Minnesota is still shopping the No. 2 pick and still not finding any takers at their price.

Roy Hibbert‘s name popped up in trade rumors but Larry Bird shot them down, the Pacers want to keep him.

Apparently those rumors of Andre Iguodala to the Clippers for Chris Kaman are dead — the Sixers didn’t even make a counter offer.

If all the Europeans in this draft are confusing you, here is a great breakdown of what you can expect from them.

Statistically, who did the players in this draft match up to, who do they project to be? Some interesting stuff from Kevin Pelton at Basketball Prospectus.

Soon to be top three pick Derrick Williams says not to compare him to LeBron — compare him to Dirk Nowitzki instead. Yes, that sounds far less egotistical.

One final one, not really draft related but it made me laugh: Magic GM Otis Smith wants Gilbert Arenas to play less basketball this summer. Arenas is having none of that, saying he is a professional basketball player after all.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jun 23, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Can some one please tell me more about this klay thompson kid, I never seen him play & this site making it seem like my spurs are flippin out over him!!!

  2. purdueman - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Draft day is always a lot of fun, as in the NBA even when a guys a lottery pick, there’s at least a 25% chance that he’ll be quickly flipped before the middle of the first round and have to change ceremonial hats.

    My all time favorite draft night, hands down, over the past 30 years was the 2008 draft when after the Bulls selected Derrick Rose #1, Pat Riley then stepped on his wonker and took Michael Beasley #2, by passing emerging stud Kevin Love who went 3 picks later to the T-Wolves!

    Riley… ya, he’s a genius so long as he has a blank checkbook, but otherwise? Not so much! Michael Beasley! LOL! LALALALOL!!!!
    Here’s the latest hot rumor (just reported on XTRA sports talk radio in San Diego)… Lakers trade Odom to Cleveland for their backup center and the #4 overall pick in the draft (which the Lakers would then use to draft a point guard). I think that this would be a great move on the part of the Lakers, but I’m afraid that I might bust my gut from laughing at the thought of Odom and his Hollywood starlet trophy wife getting marooned to Cleveland!!!!

  3. centexhorn - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    I would take Tristan Thompson over Enes Kanter any day. If you could get Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, you’ve had a productive draft day, for sure.

  4. zblott - Jun 23, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    For another site that breaks down all the Internationals and predicts the outlook of each at the next level (and offers much more details on each guy’s playing style):

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