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Ford’s Latest: Ross, Cavs, Bucks, Rockets, Jazz

The Cavaliers are bringing in Terrence Ross for a private workout today, which raises some eyebrows, since Ross would be a major reach at fourth overall, but isn't expected to slip to 24th. Could the Cavs be looking at Ross in case of a trade? According to Chad Ford of (Insider link), while Cleveland is still exploring moving up from No. 24, the team may also be seriously considering moving down from No. 4 if it means acquiring multiple assets. Here are a few more draft-related rumors from Ford….

  • If Cleveland wants Ross, the club had better not trade out of the top 11, says Ford, who hears the Bucks could be leaning toward the Washington wing at No. 12.
  • The Rockets' first-round picks (Nos. 14, 16, and 18) are viewed as placeholders around the league, as the general consensus is that Houston won't have any of the three picks by tomorrow night.
  • Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor continues to explore ways to land a lottery pick, likely to draft Damian Lillard. The Warriors' top-six protected 2013 pick could be in play, along with a number of players. Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors probably aren't on the table though.
  • Ford spoke to a number of GMs and scouts to get an idea of which prospects rank well analytically and which don't. Dion Waiters and Jared Sullinger are among the prospects that rate highly, while Austin Rivers and Meyers Leonard rate poorly using advanced analytics.


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