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Draft rumor roundup: Can Cleveland find a taker for the No. 1 pick?

Jun 25, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

Jarnell Stokes, Willie Cauley-Stein, Nerlens Noel

Here is a quick roundup of some NBA Draft rumors floating around Tuesday morning:

• The Cleveland Cavaliers are still shopping the No. 1 pick around and trying to trade out of that spot. While other names come up (because there is no dominant player in this draft) expect Nerlens Noel to be the No. 1 overall pick.

But who makes that pick? Cleveland or someone else? Like I said they are shopping it around and Chad Ford at ESPN has some names.

Sources say the Thunder, Timberwolves and Blazers have been the most proactive in trying to get the No. 1 pick — but so far neither team has persuaded the Cavs to move out of the top pick.

In the Trail Blazers case the Cavaliers reportedly asked for LaMarcus Aldridge and to swap the No. 1 and No. 19 picks, Ford reported. When Portland was done laughing at that offer they may have had a counter — that deal is not happening but consider it a starting point for negotiations.

• My gut feel, the Cavaliers will take Noel with the No. 1 overall pick.

• If the Cavaliers go with Alex Len or another team takes Victor Oladipo at No. 1, expect the Magic to grab Noel at No. 2.

• Denver is shopping the No. 27 pick, the Pacers are shopping the No. 23 pick (but you have to take on Gerald Green‘s contract with it). Basically you can get a pick in the 20s for a song right now, there are a lot of them available.

• The Sacramento Kings new management is seeing what the market is for Jimmer Fredette and if they can get a No. 1 pick for him, reports Chad Ford of ESPN.

• We told you already that the Nets were shopping MarShon Brooks and we speculated they might want one of Minnesota’s plethora of backup point guards. Or, they might want the No. 26 pick in the draft, Chad Ford suggests. They should be able to get more for Brooks.

  1. lmoneyfresh - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    1st rounder for Jimmer? Nice to know the King’s new management is just as stupid as the last management.

  2. lbroberts123 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    If I’m Portland there’s NO WAY I would give up anything remotely close to what was rumored in that trade for this year’s #1 pick. The cavs were dreaming on that one.

    • hannsta - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      I have to wonder, from one of the dissenters, what part of this statement could you possibly disagree with?

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Me too.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        scientific proof a bunch of arsehats and d-nozzles lurk amongst us…

  3. saint1997 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Portland should try and get Oladipo (he wants to go there he said) and trade Wes Matthews and Meyers Leonard to do it

    • adzs - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Had me shaking my head at Wes Matthews (You really want to make that bench even weaker?) but chuck in Myers Leonard and now i’m outraged lol

      • saint1997 - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        no you are right, I’m sorry. They should trade their other bench players to get the no.1 pick that the Cavs would totally want. Will Barton for no.1 pick? sure, why not.

  4. stephenolszewski - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Oladipo would be a really good fit for Portland if that team stayed healthy they’d be fun to watch.

  5. adzs - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    ”When Portland was done laughing at that offer ” Am I the only one who found this statement hilarious?

  6. MyTeamsAllStink - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    How awful is this years draft class?When Cleveland doesn’t want the first pick…..

  7. terrellowens81 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Bosh for 1st pick(Noel) and Tristan Thompson.

    • spursareold - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      “When Cleveland was done laughing…”

    • bougin89 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      File this under “worst trade idea ever”.

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