Within his latest mock draft, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer confirms a few items we’ve heard elsewhere in recent days. According to O’Connor, Jalen Green‘s workout with the Pistons last week was “outstanding,” the Jazz are willing to attach the No. 30 pick to Derrick Favors in a potential trade, and league sources widely expect Scottie Barnes to be the Magic‘s pick at No. 5.
O’Connor also reiterates that the Rockets continue to explore moving up to No. 1 and says the Thunder have made efforts to trade up, with Green, Cade Cunningham, and Evan Mobley among their presumed targets.
Here are a few more notes of interest from O’Connor’s latest article:
- League sources tell O’Connor that the Nuggets are trying to move up from No. 26 into the top 20, dangling young bench players or future draft assets in those talks.
- Although O’Connor confirms that the Grizzlies are interested in Josh Giddey after trading up to No. 10, he says Memphis could try to move up even further, with an eye on Jonathan Kuminga or James Bouknight.
- Giddey, Kuminga, and Bouknight could also be in the mix for the Warriors at No. 7, according to O’Connor, who says Giddey is thought to be one of Golden State’s “main targets.” O’Connor adds that Keon Johnson‘s ceiling may be the Warriors’ pick at No. 7.
- The Kings continue to be active in shopping the No. 9 pick, Buddy Hield, and Marvin Bagley III in separate trade scenarios, per O’Connor.
- League sources continue to connect the Hornets, who will be seeking a center this summer, to Myles Turner, Richaun Holmes, and Nerlens Noel, according to O’Connor.
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17 thoughts on “O’Connor’s Latest: Nuggets, Grizzlies, Warriors, Kings, Hornets”
Giddey would a nice pick up for the Warriors. Now, if they can get some veterans on minimum salaries. They would be set.
tbh GSW should do 9, Hield, Bagley for 7, 14, Looney and Wiggins
Explain how Hield and Bagley fit into GSW system.
Hield’s FG% and defensive rating in 2021 were the worst of his career. He was worse in 2021 (16.6 pts / 40.6 FG/ 4.7 reb/ 3.6 ast /34.3 mins) than Wiggins (18.6 pts /47.7 FG/ 4.9 reb/ 2.4 ast / 33.3 mins)
Bagley has no shooting touch…he is in the 0th percentile on effective FG% for big men… and a horrible defensive rating (which has gotten worse rather than better) from his rookie season. SAC was much better when Bagley was off the hardwood than on.
These two make GSW worse, so please give some rational, evidence-supported reason for trading down to get these players.
I’m with you. It’s a reasonable trade on a VALUE basis, but the GSW come out worse, not better. SAC does a little better, but Barnes and Wiggins are somewhat redundant and both cost too much to be backups. Maybe a 126.96.36.199.5 lineup? But a hard no for the Dubs.
Magic and Thunder plan to trade up
Warriors get 10 and 2024 Warriors Iggy package
Grizzlies get 7
Nah. The 2024 Pick doesn’t help with the NOW. Might as well take a high-ceiling project at #7 this year than wait for 2024 to draft someone late in the First Round.
Giddey at 7? I dunno, a couple months ago there was talk of the Warriors taking him at 14 which seemed reasonable. A guy who comps to guys like Kyle Anderson and Evan Turner doesn’t seem like a good pick at 7 when there will be guys available with fewer questions shot wise and defensively.
The best time to pick the guy you want is exactly one pick BEFORE another team takes him. The problem is that you never get to know exactly when that is.
If a team absolutely wants a guy, I see nothing wrong with doing everything it takes to get him. Even if it doesn’t follow conventional wisdom from draftniks.
If they keep both Picks, the Dubs will have their choice ay #7. Drama seems to be plus / minus one, maybe two players, but for every one that goes earlier that expected, a good player slips.
At #14, there will be more than one good choice left, but there’s no way of telling who it will be. So they’ve got to decide who they like MOST at #7, then just grab BPA at #14.
Holmes is a nice player and he probably initially fits into Cha pretty well and makes them a rock solid playoff team next year (possibly/probably non play-in variety) .
I worry about the long term upside tho here, feels like he level’s them up 1 notch but then they are plateaued again with less resources and again having to re-think C …..I think Id pass as tempting as the immediate gains could be here in Cha
Here in Cha?— which is your team?
That’s pretty picky, not signing someone because a new plateau threatens. There’s a rock band name in there somewhere.
It is a touch picky and I acknowledge that –
Not a Cha fan, but they intrigue me moving forward
I like to have a couple new fresh teams to follow/watch/root for year to year outside the Lakers time permitting . Cha was a fun ride last year for many reasons
MEM may want to play Morant as more of a 2G. He seemed to rely on heroball isos in their playoff loss. He won’t always be so lithe.
Silly- “fake trade rumor. I know all”
WW- “Houston’s going to be champs next year”
MM- “GSW is gonna win 5 more rings!!”
Bout sums up the daily comment threads here.
I live in SF. They are kinda of embarrassments. Post something that makes sense.
Marty must be drunk again. He thinks the Warriors should trade the 9th pick, Shield, and Bagley. For such a big GSW fan, he should know that the Warriors don’t have those rights.
He is suggesting the Dubs trade FOR those assets. I think it would be a stupid trade, but he’s not confused about who owns which assets.