|NBA draft-day rumors: Tony Parker to Trail Blazers was discussed||06.23.11 at 12:15 pm ET|
According to Alex Kennedy of Hoops World, the Spurs and the Trail Blazers reportedly nearly pulled off a blockbuster trade Wednesday afternoon, which included Spurs guard Tony Parker. The deal fell apart in the late stages.
The Spurs would have sent Parker and the No. 29 pick to Trail Blazers and Portland would have sent Andre Miller, Nicolas Batum and the No. 21 pick to the Spurs. Other players would have needed to be included to make the salaries work, but in the end the deal fell apart when the Spurs wanted Richard Jefferson to be included as a part of the deal.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, also reported that the Spurs have also fielded calls from the Raptors and Kings regarding trades involving Parker.
|NBA draft-day rumors: Andre Iguodola to be dealt?||06.23.11 at 12:13 pm ET|
The Sixers are reportedly exploring trade options for Andre Iguodola. He has three years and $44 million left on his contract.
A deal with the Lakers involving Lamar Odom and Iguodola has been discussed recently, sources tell Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick. Under salary cap rules the deal would have to include another Lakers player. That other player could be Ron Artest, a source tells Amick.
Iguodola could also end up in Minnesota as well. A rival general manager tells Amick that the possibility of Iguodola ending up there is “definitely real.” The Timberwolves have the No. 2 overall pick, and they have reportedly been seeking a high-level veteran in exchange pick.
|NBA Draft day rumors.: Cavaliers plan on using both No. 1 and 4 picks||06.23.11 at 12:12 pm ET|
Grant told ESPN that he knows who he wants to select with the top pick but still has to discuss the selection with the rest of the staff. It is expected that either Duke’s Kyrie Irving or Arizona’s Derrick Williams will be the No. 1 overall pick.
The team held the last of it’s pre-draft workouts on Monday. They worked out Williams, center Enes Kanter from Turkey and Kentucky guard Brandon Knight. For Williams and Kanter it was their second visit and the two met with owner Dan Gilbert following the workouts.
|NBA Draft day rumors, 11:30 a.m.: Steve Nash will not be traded||06.23.11 at 11:36 am ET|
In an email to Sports Illustrated Babby wrote: “We are not trading Marcin Gortat, period. End of sentence. We are not trading Steve Nash, period, exclamation point.”
Nash does not believe he will be traded.
“They’ve told me plenty of times they don’t want to move me, so I don’t think they need to call me every day,” Nash said Wednesday. “I’m not up to date on all the rumors. Right now I have a contract with the Suns. I hope this year is better than last and I’m ready to keep playing in Phoenix and continue to build the team and win a championship.”
|NBA Draft day rumors, 11:00 a.m.: Could Kemba Walker be dropping?||06.23.11 at 10:59 am ET|
There has been talk that UConn’s Kemba Walker could fall out of the lottery, especially if the Kings were to pass on him with the No. 7 pick.
Andy Katz of ESPN writes that it could happen, but Walker’s camp is not expecting it. “There is legitimate concern that Walker could be sliding deep into the lottery or even out of it altogether if Sacramento were to pass on him at No. 7,” Katz writes. “However, Walker’s representation isn’t worried about the number as much as the fit. Walker initially was comfortable that he would be going to Toronto (No. 5), Sacramento (No. 7) or Detroit (No. 8). But the Raptors and Pistons have cooled a bit and a number of teams slotted after the Pistons are actively discussing that he might be on the board when they select.”
Katz also posted on Twitter regarding Walker: “There is a real belief in the Kemba camp that if he doesn’t go to the Kings at N0. 7 then he could be there for Knicks at No. 17, landing at home … Kemba camp is going to work each team between No. 7 and No. 17 to see where he could land. Need plays in. No one is worried, just surprised.”
|NBA draft day rumors, 10 a.m.: Lakers tried to deal Lamar Odom||06.23.11 at 10:22 am ET|
Without holding a first-round pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, the Lakers reportedly tried to get into the first round by attempting to deal Lamar Odom to the Timberwolves for the No. 2 pick.
According to The Los Angeles Times, the Lakers offered Odom for the No. 2 pick, and they planned to select Arizona’s Derrick Williams, but the Timberwolves turned down the offer. The Timberwolves countered by trying to make a deal for All-Star forward Pau Gasol or center Andrew Bynum. Talks broke down shortly after as the Lakers showed no interest in dealing Gasol or Bynum.
The Lakers do not have a first-round pick in 2011, having traded it to New Jersey when they dealt Sasha Vujacic to the Nets. This is the second straight season that the Lakers do not have a first-round pick.
|NBA Draft day rumors, 9:30 a.m.: Bucks, Bobcats open to trades||06.23.11 at 9:32 am ET|
The Bucks are listening to offers for their No. 10 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft and are open to making it part of a bigger deal, a league source told ESPN. They also would not be opposed to dealing Corey Maggette, but not just to dump his salary. They want to upgrade their team.
The Nuggets are a team that is looking to move up into the top 10 and include point guard Ray Felton as a part of the deal.
Holding the No. 9 and 19 picks in the draft, the Bobcats also are looking to make a deal. They have discussed packaging both picks to move up in the draft. They’ve also discussed using the picks to add a veteran. Nearly every player on the roster is available to include in a deal in order to make the team better.
Recently promoted president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and new general manager Rich Cho have “constantly been on the phone” the past few days. “Rich and I are talking to every team around the league,” Higgins said. “We’re trying to gauge interest in our team as well as seeing what’s there in terms of the draft, in terms of different players on different rosters.”