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Report: Multiple lottery picks available in trades…. at the right price

Jun 4, 2014, 2:24 AM EDT

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Remember a year ago when teams were guarding lottery picks this year like they were gold bullion? It was next to impossible to get one in a trade.

Now? Not so hard, if you’re willing to give up a little. That according to Chad Ford of ESPN ($$).

“I thought getting a lottery pick via trade would be virtually impossible this year,” one NBA GM told Insider. “It’s not. There are a lot of teams in the lottery right now that would prefer a proven player. A lot of owners have lost their patience with the rebuilding process.”

The teams open to trading their lottery picks? It’s highly likely that the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz are all holding onto their picks. After pick No. 5, however, things are much more fluid. Sources say the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns are all open to offers.

A year ago this draft was thought to be transcendent by many, and it may be that one or two of the top three guys turns out to be a franchise anchor — but the teams that can get those guys are not the ones moving their pick.

It’s the teams that would give you what would be essentially a rookie rotation player at the price of a veteran rotation player they can trust and would help now who are willing to move their picks. Particularly teams like the Lakers and Celtics, teams with the revenue stream and markets to rebuild through free agency rather than the draft so they can consider a move (the Lakers would have to draft the player for a team then trade said player, they cannot trade the pick it self as they didn’t have their 2013 and don’t have their 2015 picks).

All of this is to say, draft night could be interesting. If a team falls in love with Julius Randle or Elfrid Payton or Noah Vonleh you can trade up and get them — but it’s going to cost you someone good. And that can seem a steep price to pay.

  1. thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    Yes, next to impossible except for that time the Sixers dealt Jrue Holliday to the Pelicans for their lottery pick (Nerlens Noel).

    • thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:35 AM

      Crap I read that wrong. I’m thumbing down myself, I’d do it 20 times if I could.

  2. smoothaswilkes - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:51 AM

    Elfrid Payton? Haha, okay.

    Seriously though, the Lakers need to keep #7 and grab another pick or three if possible. They aren’t pulling any franchise changing free agents this year so might as well get as much cheap, young talent they can since they have, what, two or three picks in the next 5 years.

  3. norcalkingsfan - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:03 AM


    Kings will get one of the last four guys. I would be happy with any of them. McDermott is also very interesting. I wouldn’t mind trading down to get him and picking up a rim protector, or shooter, or second round pick; maybe drop Thompson ‘s or
    Landry’s contract along the way.

    This is going to be a fun draft.

    • loubearkane - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      Kngs need to get Cousins some Prozac , if he can get his mind right he has the skill set to become one of the best bigs in the league.

    • felser - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      McDermott? You already tried Jimmer.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        Geez, they are NOT the SAME person you know…

        are you as racist as Sterling is?

  4. papichulo55 - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    List is good, but Exum in front of Parker is too risky.

  5. ravenswhat - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    This draft falls apart after the top 5 guys. It’s an overrated draft for sure.

    • nickjackalson - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      hindsight is 20/20
      yet still way better than preemptive depriciation..
      you wait ten years, then you´ll know..

      now, you don´t
      and it shows

    • spursareold - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      All drafts are overrated. That being said, based on the status of the NBA draft recently, you can get lottery guys in the 20s, and first round talent in the early second round. It’s DEEP.

    • trevor123698 - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      you are a fool. players like stauskas are going to be good. its entire top 25 is worth picking

  6. 1historian - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    “All of this is to say, draft night could be interesting.”

    Ya think?

    You win the ‘understatement of the day award’ for today.

    That’s a start.

  7. themagicfanguy - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Internet poster calls draft overrated, scouts around the league give up and decide to trade their picks away…unless they don’t because you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  8. phillysports1 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Hey kings fan, you look like you don’t watch basketball here in the east side. Don’t forget we have the 2014 NBA ROY. Despite the rumors about drafting exum and trading MCW, that is not happening.

    • norcalkingsfan - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      It wasn’t a mock. Just a list. Chill.

      What does my post have anything to do with philadelphia?

  9. aboogy123456 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Watch for the Lakers to trade their pick for Kyrie Irving. Either that or I hope they get Smart or Vonleh. Not sure which option is better for them this summer, but I’m very intrigued by Irving.

    • paleihe - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      The Lakers aren’t getting Irving. Stop being stupid.

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        I’m not sure I want him. I might rather have a rookie who might be as good as irving, but doesn’t get paid as much and isn’t injured every year. Irving doesn’t want to stay with the Cavs, and he’s made it clear to them. If I were the cavs, I might rather have Marcus Smart or Vonleh, knowing that I can keep them for 5+ years, and they aren’t injured.

  10. chicagosports2014 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Bulls should trade both draft picks and a player to shed some salary so we can go get Carmelo an a lottery pick ✌

  11. misremembered72 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    people’s proposed trades on here are straight madness

    • loungefly74 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      yeah…but that is part of the fun…

  12. philswfc08 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Wonder if Sixers could move up a few spots from 10 to say 6 to snag Randle or Vonleh. Maybe send Thad Young to the Lakers. If they came away from this draft with Parker and one of those two, I’d be beyond happy…even if it meant giving up Thad, who I like a lot.

    Randle or Vonleh

    That’s a helluva promising core…use a couple of the 2nds to try to hit a home run with a SG. Could even go with a smaller combo guard with a 6-6 point.

  13. chicagosports2014 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    *We got a roster full of talent and 1st round draft picks. So anythings possible HATER👍

  14. chicagosports2014 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    *We have a roster full of talent and 1st round draft picks. So anythings possible HATER👍

  15. buffalo65 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Back to back number ones from the same city..Toronto for the first time ever.
    The new dream team will be from the north soon.

  16. mungman69 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Thad Young is going to the Bulls.

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