Draft Rumors: Wolves, Sixers, Celtics, Nets, Monk

A Tuesday report suggested that the Pistons are open to the idea of moving their No. 12 overall pick for a more established veteran, and Detroit may not be the only team with that idea. According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, there’s a belief that the Timberwolves – who currently hold the No. 7 pick – would move their lottery selection for a win-now veteran in the right deal.

Interestingly, both the Pistons and Timberwolves employ a head coach who also has the final say in basketball decisions, which is one reason why those clubs may be more inclined than others to get short-term help instead of looking too far down the road.

While we wait to see if either team seriously pursues a pick-for-player swap, here are a few more draft rumors from Kyler and his fellow Basketball Insiders scribe Moke Hamilton…

  • Sixers president of basketball ops Bryan Colangelo has “made it pretty clear” that his second-round picks in this year’s draft are available, per Kyler. Philadelphia has four second-round picks in addition to the No. 3 overall selection this year, and has little interest in adding that many more young players to its roster.
  • League sources who spoke to Kyler doubt that the Celtics will receive a trade offer valuable enough to move the No. 1 pick. Danny Ainge confirmed this week that he has received calls about that top selection, but according to Kyler, the prevailing belief in NBA circles is that Boston will use the pick.
  • The Nets are “sold” on Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs, reports Hamilton. There’s skepticism that Kurucs will still be on the board when Brooklyn picks at No. 22, however, with speculation that he could go as early as No. 15. Interestingly, Portland holds that 15th overall pick, and the Nets have spoken to the Trail Blazers about the possibility of acquiring one of their first-round selections.
  • Sources familiar with the Sixers‘ thinking believe Malik Monk is high on Philadelphia’s board, according to Hamilton. Hamilton suggests it might make sense for the Kings and 76ers to explore a deal, with Sacramento moving up to No. 3 to land De’Aaron Fox and Philadelphia sliding down to No. 5 to nab Monk.
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17 thoughts on “Draft Rumors: Wolves, Sixers, Celtics, Nets, Monk

  1. Corleone

    In my eyes need The Suns a trade.

    Trade Bledsoe to philly for #3 pick

    Suns take Jackson and Fox

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    • Retired NFL Player

      Bledsoe for the #3? Suns better include more than just Bledsoe. The Sixers will surely want the #4 pick more than Bledsoe. It will take the #4 pick and more, like their #1 in 2018 too. Bledsoe can stay.

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    • Darius Jennings

      No thanks. Not trading the Suns out 3rd pick for Bledsoe. Devin Booker then yes.

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    • Z-A

      Lol… forgot to take your Meds? Bledsoe has no value to acquire a lottery pick.

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        • Z-A

          Just being called baby LeBron doesn’t mean he’s worth a lottery pick. Dude has missed 107 games in 4 years. It’s not even news now when he gets shut down for the rest of a season.

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    • Connorsoxfan

      Love that show. I pray to black Jesus all the time now haha

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  2. Corleone

    Fox-Booker-Warren-Chriss-Drummond

    Bank: Ulis-Barbosa-Jackson-Bender-Williams

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  3. Z-A

    If the Sixers moved back to 5 and 10, then I can see them taking Monk with one of those picks.

    It would make it more interesting. Monk and Issac would be an incredible haul.

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  4. myaccount

    Timberwolves #7, a future top 5-protected first round pick, 2018 2nd round pick, and Tyus Jones for Jimmy Butler.

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    • GuruGray

      You don’t think the Bulls have already received much better offers than that for Butler?

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      • Z-A

        Yea they’ve gotten better offers than that already. I think they’ve been discussed on this site in articles back by the trade deadline.

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