Draft Rumors: Top 6, Bulls, Kings, Sixers, Suns

The Mavericks, Bulls, Cavaliers, and Clippers are among the teams still exploring the possibility of moving up in the draft lottery, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). Wojnarowski adds that the Sixers‘ pick (No. 10) is in play for teams targeting Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Wojnarowski currently believes that Deandre Ayton (Suns), Marvin Bagley III (Kings), Luka Doncic (Hawks), Jaren Jackson Jr., Mohamed Bamba (Mavericks), and Trae Young (Magic) are the most likely selections (Twitter link). Interestingly, the Grizzlies are the only team Wojnarowski doesn’t mention in his rundown, suggesting the No. 4 pick is still the most likely selection at the top to be traded.

If the top six plays out like that and Chicago doesn’t trade up, the Bulls would likely opt for Wendell Carter Jr. over Michael Porter Jr., tweets K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune.

Here are several more rumors worth passing along as draft night nears…

  • Kings beat reporter James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area (Twitter link) is also getting the vibe out of Sacramento that Marvin Bagley III is the club’s likely choice at No. 2.
  • Sam Amick of USA Today (Twitter link) is hearing some buzz linking Zhaire Smith to the Sixers at No. 10.
  • Although the Heat are exploring opportunities to trade into the first round of tonight’s draft, it’s hard to imagine the club completing a deal for a first-round pick unless it can shed a veteran salary, tweets Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.
  • The Suns, who hold Miami’s pick at No. 16, are eyeing Donte DiVincenzo, Zhaire Smith, Jalen Brunson, Aaron Holiday, Lonnie Walker, Troy Brown, Elie Okobo, and Landry Shamet at that spot, per John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 (Twitter link).
  • NBA teams have been impressed with Michael Porter Jr. in interviews, but the club that picks him will have to be “ultra-cautious” with his health, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, who suggests (via Twitter) that sitting Porter for a good chunk of 2018/19 is a real possibility.
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6 thoughts on “Draft Rumors: Top 6, Bulls, Kings, Sixers, Suns

  1. pihc

    Wondering if teams are overvaluing Trae Young? At best and with hard work, he could become another Boogie Gibson. However, the more I think of it, if Gibson were playing these days he’d be used better and as a SG instead of a PG. Boogie may have had a much more significant role had he come into the league a handful of years late.

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    • pihc

      The spell checker really whacked out his name. BOOBIE not Boogie

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  2. Trae Young is the Jimmer Fredette of this draft. Someone is going to buy in big, and he’ll be out of the league in two seasons.

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    • Z-A

      If the Kings were in the 6 or 7 spot you know 100% they would take Young even with Fox lol.

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  3. Z-A

    If Porter and Mikal Bridges are not there at 10, you take SGA, Miles Bridges or Knox, I’m not as high on Knox. I like Smith but he is raw, dont have much time for raw players. We already have Smith on the roster in TLC.

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