As usual, David Aldridge's weekly column at NBA.com is packed with items of interest, including discussions about declining salaries for head coaches and conspiracy theories surrounding the draft lottery. Leading off his piece this week though, Aldridge looks at the top 15 picks in the draft and predicts the players likely to be selected, based on what he's hearing. Alridge's column is just one of many draft-related links to round up today, so let's dive in….
- ESPN.com's Chad Ford (Insider link) warns teams that may be concerned about Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's shooting or ballhandling not to overlook his history of winning.
- In another ESPN.com Insider piece, Doug Gottlieb explains why he prefers Jeremy Lamb to Kidd-Gilchrist, and shares a few more unconventional opinions.
- With Evan Fournier out of the draft combine, Jordan Taylor and Tomas Satoransky have been added to the list of participants, tweets Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com.
- Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld argues that keeping both of their mid-first-round picks won't help the Rockets long-term, and that the 14th and 16th picks should be used in a trade for an impact player.