With the eighth, 37th, and 56th selections in this upcoming NBA Draft, the Raptors could potentially draft three rookies in addition to bringing last year's draft pick, Jonas Valanciunas, into the fold for next season. Stephen Brotherston of HoopsWorld spoke with GM Bryan Colangelo, who is looking to explore multiple scenarios with his second round picks. Colangelo admits that bringing in three rookies may not be the best scenario, and that he will consider packaging picks in order to move up the draft board or possibly make a second round selection with the intention of developing that prospect in Europe for a few years. Here's more of what we're hearing from around the league this evening, including an update of the Bobcats head coaching search.
- ESPN's Chris Broussard tweeted that the Bobcats will narrow their list of coaches after they interview Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder next week and that a decision will be made after the conclusion of the NBA pre-draft camp.
- Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress presents his video scouting report of University of Washington's Tony Wroten with some input from Wroten's former coach, Lorenzo Romar. Schmitz lists Wroten's size, athleticism, rebounding rate for a guard, defensive instincts, and ability to get to the basket off the dribble among his strengths, while his decision making, shooting touch, defensive consistency, and ability to go right have room for improvement. He is currently projected to be this year's 25th pick according to DraftExpress.
- LaMarcus Aldridge is feeling much better after recently suffering from a potentially fatal blood virus, and personally thanked the Trail Blazers fans for their support.
- Chris Broussard (via Twitter) polled 22 league executives on who they would trade between Russell Westbrook and James Harden if one of them had to be dealt for financial reasons. 14 would prefer to deal Westbrook, while eight would deal Harden.
- Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports that the Bobcats are contemplating a team color change. While team spokesman B.J. Evans reiterated that the possible change would neither increase or decrease the chances of considering a new name, Bonnell mentions that there have been some rumblings about the franchise eventually re-acquiring the Hornets nickname from New Orleans. Tom Benson, who recently purchased the New Orleans Hornets, reportedly wants to re-name the team once the sale closes, thus opening the door to such a possibility.
- Wizards insider Michael Lee of the Washington Post provides his take on the team's decision to retain head coach Randy Wittman, who went 18-31 after replacing Flip Saunders during this year's lockout shortened season.