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  1. Draft trade: Tyler Zeller traded to Cavaliers for three picks

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Kansas v North Carolina

    The first trade of the draft moves a reliable big man to Cleveland, where he ideally can provide some balance to what the Cavs hope is a dynamic back court. Dallas, they get a few more picks. The first trade of a quiet NBA Draft night (relative to what was expected) has Dallas selecting then…

  2. Reports: Cavaliers may trade up to No. 2, down to No. 7, or anywhere

    Jun 28, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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    As tends to happen in the hours before the draft, all kinds of trade buzz is out there… but this time there seems some real fire behind the smoke. We likely will see some trades in the top 5 of the draft. Specifically if the Cavaliers have anything to say about it. The Bobcats have…

  3. Report: Pistons expected to take UNC’s John Henson at No. 9

    Jun 28, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    John Henson speaks during a news conference for prospective NBA draft picks in New York

    I’m higher on North Carolina’s shot-blocking forward John Henson than most, or at least most not wearing powder blue. And if he falls to No. 9, which is highly likely, look for the Detroit Pistons to grab him, reports the Detroit Free Press. Henson is the likely pick. The Pistons like his makeup and, despite…

  4. Report: Rockets talking to Kings about No. 5 pick… unless Robinson is there

    Jun 28, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Sacramento’s No. 5 overall pick has been in play since pretty much the night of the draft lottery. The Houston Rockets have spent the last few days making smaller moves and working hard to get high up in the draft — either to draft Andre Drummond or to turn that high pick into a player…

  5. Report: Bobcats have five offers for the No. 2 pick

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Bradley Beal

    Bradley Beal may well be the No. 2 overall pick in this draft, but the question is will it be the Bobcats that take him or some other team. On one hand, you have this tweet from David Aldridge of NBA.com and TNT: Source: Bobcats have five legit offers they’re currently exploring to trade the…

  6. Report: Baylor’s Perry Jones may fall in draft due to knee injury

    Jun 28, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Perry Jones

    Perry Jones seemed to be sliding down draft boards in recent weeks, but we all attributed that to the risks that come with taking him — he has the physical gifts to match anyone in this draft but he didn’t show them consistently on the court. There are questions about his drive, his commitment, his…

  7. Coach Krzyzewski sticks up for Austin Rivers before draft

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    Austin Rivers is not the most polarizing guy in this draft – we’re looking at you, Andre Drummond — but he’s on the list. Rivers has unabashedly modeled his game after Kobe Bryant. That has upside — he has a real drive to score, he has the ability to shoot outside or get inside, he’s…

  8. Report: Cavaliers considering picking Dion Waiters at No. 4

    Jun 28, 2012, 2:07 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Ohio State v Syracuse

    There was a time a few weeks ago where we wondered if Syracuse sixth man Dion Waiters was going to get into the lottery portion of the NBA draft. But in recent weeks he has rocketed up draft boards, to the point that Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo is reporting this: The Cleveland Cavaliers’ intrigue with…

  9. Jerry West basically says Golden State not taking Drummond

    Jun 28, 2012, 1:50 AM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Connecticut center Andre Drummond is one of the great enigmas of this draft. To borrow the Bull Durham line, he’s got a million dollar body and a five-cent head. If he matures, his game matures and he brings real effort every night he could be the second best player in this draft. Or, he could…

  10. Winderman: Heat official explains why teams take medical red flags seriously

    Jun 27, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger sits on the court after the Buckeyes were defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans

    Sometimes it take a neutral, third party to offer perspective, a party that has no stake in what others might consider manipulation. So amid heightened concern that Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger is free-falling from what most previously viewed as a lottery fate due to concerns about a bad back, now not even invited to…

  11. Beal says Thunder have interest in him… that’s not happening

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Bradley Beal, the young Florida two guard that plays line an Eric Gordon-type, is going to go No. 2 or No. 3 on Thursday night. The Wizards love him at No. 3 and other teams that covet him — hello Cleveland! — will have make a deal with the Bobcats to get into the No.…

  12. Report: Kings reject Rockets’ offer of Lowry for No. 5 pick

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    West Virginia v Connecticut

    UPDATE 9:18 pm: David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the Kings have shot down the Rockets’ offer to get the No. 5 pick. But their offer of guard Kyle Lowry along with the 16th pick overall to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the fifth pick overall and forward Chuck Hayes was rejected Wednesday by…

  13. Report: Lakers talking Gasol for Josh Smith, testing trade waters

    Jun 27, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol Josh Smith

    We said it before, the Lakers need to make a move if they want to get past the second round next year. And while no move seems imminent, the Lakers are testing all kinds of trade scenarios out there, according to multiple reports. Maybe the most interesting is with the Hawks, via the twitter of…

  14. Report: Top 5 picks Barnes, Kidd-Gilchrist want to avoid Sacramento

    Jun 27, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    North Carolina Tar Heels forward Harrison Barnes slaps hands with teammate Stilman White in the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks in their men's NCAA Midwest Regional basketball game in St. Louis

    There is a lot of jockeying at the top of the NBA draft board… well, not the very top. Anthony Davis is a lock. But from pick No. 2 on down there are a handful of players that teams like and a more teams trying to get into position to pick them. Will Cleveland jump…

  15. Report: Nuggets talking Chandler for Warriors No. 7 pick

    Jun 27, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    And as the draft nears, the rumors are flying fast and furious. On that passes the smell test is this from Chris Broussard of ESPN on twitter: Lots of teams calling Denver to trade for Nuggets’ young players. 1 of several moves being discussed: Wilson Chandler to G State for 7th pick Wilson Chandler could…

  16. Report: Price for Bobcats No. 2 pick? Tyrus Thomas.

    Jun 27, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

    Tyrus Thomas

    You want your team to jump ahead of everyone (except New Orleans) and pick up Thomas Robinson or Bradley Beal high in the draft? The Bobcats are shopping the No. 2 pick around, you can jump up and get your man. The price? You have to take on Tyrus Thomas. That according to Michael Lee…

  17. Rockets, Blazers could emerge from draft much improved

    Jun 26, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    Five years from now, we may remember this as the New Orleans Hornets draft. It’s the one where they landed Anthony Davis and set the franchise on a path to contention. But there are other teams that could be making bold moves to become contenders. Specifically, Houston and Portland could come out of Thursday night…

  18. Kentucky title team now fills up NBA draft boards

    Jun 26, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    It’s a heck of a recruiting pitch for John Calipari. Six guys from his NCAA title team are expected to go in this NBA draft — including Anthony Davis No. 1 overall and likely four or five in the first round. It’s a ridiculous number. This is the Kentucky Wildcats NBA draft. And really, not…

  19. Bobcats’ coach says trading No. 2 pick “makes a lot of sense”

    Jun 26, 2012, 10:39 AM EDT

    Mike Dunlap

    No need to read the tea leaves to see if the Charlotte Bobcats are trying to trade the No. 2 pick. Their new coach Mike Dunlap was pretty direct about it when speaking with the Associated Press — he said it “makes a lot of sense” for a team in Charlotte’s position to move down…

  20. Davis heads list of NBA Draft night green room invitees

    Jun 26, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    It means nothing, really. Being in the green room doesn’t impact your draft status. All it really says is that a very button down league that doesn’t want embarrassment is convinced these guys will go in the lottery. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress leaked the list of names of guys who got invited to the NBA…

  21. UConn teammate Lamb not really selling Drummond

    Jun 25, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Andre Drummond is one of the big questions — or if you prefer, big risks — of this NBA Draft. He could be the second best player in this draft, or he could flame out like a late second rounder. One good measuring stick — what do his college teammates say about him? Here is…

  22. Three potential NBA Draft busts (but we hope not)

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    West Virginia v Connecticut

    I hate the idea of calling a guy a bust before the draft. You simply can’t say a guy will not pan out before he steps on the court for even a Summer League game. Let alone for an NBA game. Some guys rise to the challenge of stiffer competition. Some guys take a few…

  23. Five NBA Draft sleepers to watch

    Jun 25, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Iona v Brigham Young

    Admit it, this is one of your favorite parts of the NBA draft — picking out the guy nobody is watching because you think he’s got that special something. You want to find the next Isaiah Thomas. You know he can help your team. And you pull for him because you want to be right,…

  24. Draft-day trades are coming, which ones are most likely?

    Jun 25, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    More than any year in recent memory, it feels like we are going to see a lot of trades, a lot of moves in the days, hours and minutes leading up to the draft. While the consensus may be this a deep draft, some teams are willing to move to out while other teams are…

  25. Report: Rockets talking with Raptors, Kings about draft trade

    Jun 25, 2012, 12:14 AM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    This really shouldn’t really be a surprise — ever since Daryl Morey took over as general manager of the Rockets they have been one of the more active teams on draft day. Right now they pick No. 14 but they want to move up, according to ESPN. Sources say that Houston has discussed deals with…

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