Draft Rumors: Bridges, Knox, Nuggets, Jackson, Clippers

Villanova forward Mikal Bridges is at the top of the Sixers’ wish list if they don’t move out of the No. 10 spot, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Kentucky forward Kevin Knox and his college teammate, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, are the likely alternatives if Bridges is off the board, Pompey continues. Knox came in for a solo workout with the Sixers on Tuesday, his second visit with the team. The Sixers are reportedly trying to move into the top five of the draft.

Here’s more draft news to pass along with the big night fast approaching:

  • The Nuggets are actively shopping the No. 14 pick attached to a big salary, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated tweets. Denver is seeking suitors for the expiring contracts of Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur, Fischer adds. Faried is due to make $13.76MM next season while Arthur has $7.46MM remaining on his deal.
  • The Grizzlies will have a tough decision regarding Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr. at No. 4 if the Hawks select Luka Doncic at No. 3, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN. Doncic has reportedly moved into the lead on the Hawks’ draft board, while Jackson has refused to work out for the Grizzlies and hasn’t provided his medical information, Givony continues. That could increase the chances of Memphis trading the pick, something it has shown little interest in doing up to this point, Givony adds (Twitter links).
  • The Clippers like Jackson and could try to move to the No. 4 spot, but they’ve refused thus far to take Chandler Parsons bad contract as part of any proposed deal, Givony reports in another tweet.
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12 thoughts on “Draft Rumors: Bridges, Knox, Nuggets, Jackson, Clippers

  1. If Philly doesn’t move their targets should be Mikal, SGA & last resort Knox.
    Denver doesn’t need to attach the #14 for expiring contracts, they are easy to get rid off, if not now wait until February & plenty of teams will come calling with good deals for them.
    Again JJJ is like Bamba, no point in gonna Memphis to be sub of Gasol, unless Marc gets traded, because not sure he will ever be better, is exactly the same situaation than Bamba. Ayton & Bagley will definitely be better & probably WCJ too, but Bamba & JJJ who knows, time will tell.

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    • Z-A

      It doesn’t have to be #14, it will be a future 1st most likely.

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  2. hiflew

    Medical information should be equally distributed among the 30 teams. Yes, teams are theoretically 30 independent contractors, but in reality all of these players are joining one employer, the NBA. They should submit their medical info to the NBA and the NBA should allow full access to the info from their 30 independent contractors that will paying their new employees. If players don’t want to individually work out for a team, thereby limiting their own market, that is their choice. But teams should all have access to the same basic info when making an informed decision otherwise this whole process is patently unfair.

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    • x%sure

      Laws on medical reporting are pretty strict.
      I like the idea of JJJ not cooperating with a team that is set at center. That means he does not intend to flake out to the perimeter and get someone else to do the dirtywork.

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  3. x%sure

    Wow… MEM offering a #4 to a team to take on a $49mil contract for a player that is useful when healthy… now a #14 offered to a team to take on a $14mil contract, for a player that works hard by reputation.

    Someone’s going to take that, and mess up my less-than-IRL Faried, Lyles and Plumlee for Love trade.

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  4. Z-A

    It said Faried & Arthur, I’m assuming #14 for both? 21M.

    Honestly don’t be surprised to see #4 and Parsons go for a lot less than you expect if they trade out. No one wants that contract. I already said what I’d do with it – extend & stretch him. Missing 94/164 games is a lot for a guy making 24 and 25M.

    Liberty Ballers has some dumb Sixers trades out there… thinking it will take Fultz + Dario + Covington to get #4 and Parsons. That’s the typical package for Kawhi Leonard. #4 + Parsons in no way = the 2nd best 2-way player in the game.

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  5. Z-A

    Givony’s Mock, apparently he got it 100% correct last year.

    1. Phoenix Suns – Deandre Ayton
    2. Sacramento Kings – Marvin Bagley III
    3. Atlanta Hawks s – Jaren Jackson Jr.
    4. Memphis Grizzlies – Luka Doncic
    5. Dallas Maverick – Mohamed Bamba
    6. Orlando Magic – Wendell Carter Jr.
    7. Chicago Bulls – Michael Porter Jr.
    8. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Nets) – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    9. New York Knicks – Kevin Knox
    10. Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers) – Mikal Bridges

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    • Grant
      Grant

      Imho its going to be
      1) Ayton-Suns
      2) Bagley-Kings
      3) Doncic-Hawks
      4) Porter jr-Grizzlies
      5) Bamba-Mavs
      6) Young-Magic
      7) Jackson-Bulls
      8) Sexton- Cavs
      9) Carter- Knicks
      10) Bridges- 76ers
      11) Alexander- Hornets
      12) Knox- Clippers
      13) Williams-Clippers.
      Probably different if there are trades

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      • x%sure

        Agree that Hawks want a new lead guard. Bulls get lucky there. Its too depressing that West would just draft Jordan and Harris replacements.

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        • as bulls fan, i like jjj but its hard to believe bulls can draft him. i think no one will pas him.but if this happen, its a jackpot for bulls.

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    • x%sure

      Rooting for another 100%. Somebody gave SGAlexander a promise.

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  6. I think Denver doesn’t like #14. They’d like to shed (vs stretch) at least Faried and Arthur to avoid luxury tax. I wouldn’t conclude from that they’re going to give away #14 solely for taking on those contracts. I could see Denver trading out of 1st round altogether, but, in that case, they’d likely want (and should get) a 1st in a future draft.

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