The NBA Draft is finally here. And while there’s not a lot of intrigue about who the Lakers have in their sights with the #2 pick, there is plenty surrounding how they’ll use pick #32 and whether any other moves will occur. Our guy Caleb has profiled multiple prospects for that pick and there are yet still other candidates for that spot.
But this is just the start of the action.
Around the league moves are already being made. It started yesterday with a three team trade which saw Jeff Teague, George Hill, and the #12 pick play musical chairs between the Hawks, Pacers, and Jazz. Then came the Knicks’ acquisition of Derrick Rose from the Bulls for Robin Lopez and Jerrian Grant. Today the Pacers made another move, trading for Thad Young by sending the Nets the 20th pick in this draft.
There are also rumors of the Celtics continuing to try and leverage the #3 pick into a young veteran difference maker, the 76ers engaging teams with high picks to try and get a second top 5 pick to go with the #1 overall selection, and the Hornets looking to use their pick at #22 as sweetener in a salary dump trade so they can re-sign their own free agents.
In other words, the draft is already shaping up to have a lot more action than just the picks.
We’ll have more updates later, offering reactions to the Lakers’ picks and any other moves they might make. In the meantime, enjoy the lead up to and the actual draft.