A handful of draft trades were consummated tonight, but we didn't get treated to the blockbuster moves many were hoping for or expecting. The highest pick to change hands was the Mavericks' first-rounder, 17th overall. Still, the absence of lottery movement wasn't for lack of trying. With the 2012 draft in the books, rumors are beginning to trickle out about failed deals that teams explored. We're likely to hear about many of those in the coming days, but here are a few that surfaced immediately in the wake of the draft:
- The Suns explored ways to acquire a late-first-round pick to acquire the slipping Perry Jones III, tweets Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
- After failing to land a top-five pick, the Lakers tried to move into the 20s to acquire Jared Sullinger or Perry Jones III, tweets Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
- The Hawks attempted to trade up, starting at about pick No. 12, but the opportunity wasn't there for new GM Danny Ferry, according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (via Twitter).
- GM Kevin O'Connor attempted to land the Jazz a lottery pick, but would've had to give up too many assets to do so, says Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune (Twitter links). Most trade talks ended after two sentences, according to O'Connor (Twitter link).
- Although the Nets were able to acquire a couple second-round picks, the price was too high for them to get into the first round. GM Billy King said clubs were seeking future picks, rather than cash, for their first-rounders, tweets Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.