The 2016 NBA Draft is almost here! Every year, trade rumors pick up during the day, and considering yesterday's insanity, today will probably be busy. First, let's cover the basics.
2016 NBA Draft
Time: 4:30 p.m. PST
Blazers picks: None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
But things can change during the day! Hang out here, our own Dan Graves will be updating this post as any juicy rumors or trades arrive. And just before the draft starts, we'll post our annual NBA Draft Gameday Thread for conversation and amusement.
While there certainly will be a lot of action at the top of the draft, speculation abounds about the second round as well. According to reports, those picks may be had with cash alone.
Orlando will send Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to Sabonis to OKC for Ibaka, per source.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 24, 2016
Oklahoma City has traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic, league sources told @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 24, 2016
ESPN sources say the No. 3 pick in tonight's draft is Jaylen Brown— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 23, 2016
GM just texts to say Ainge has been playing hardball all day, adds, "By this point, he'd better walk away with something."— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) June 23, 2016
Sacramento is trading guard Marco Belinelli to Charlotte for the No. 22 pick, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2016
Report: Khris Middleton & Greg Monroe for #16, #23 and "a player" being discussed https://t.co/tPU6qRNe4C (New Post)— CelticsLife.com (@CelticsLife) June 23, 2016
Sources: Philadelphia 76ers are shopping Nerlens Noel and picks No. 24 and 26 to teams with picks in the top eight selections. #NBADraft— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) June 23, 2016
The Thunder is shopping big man Serge Ibaka on this draft day, a source said. https://t.co/obBwkWDf6F— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 23, 2016
League sources say Portland trying hard to get into first round. Celtics (aka the https://t.co/DcH2s5OS60 of draft picks) open for business.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) June 23, 2016
Brooklyn has traded forward Thad Young to the Indiana Pacers for the 20th pick and a future 2nd rounder, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2016
Hearing that we shouldn't be surprised if high second-round picks in tonight's NBA Draft fetch the full $3 million in trades tonight— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 23, 2016
It's not a shocker, but there is now an actual report that Phil Jackson and the Knicks are attempting to convince Kevin Durant to move to New York and create a new core with Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose.
Woj says Charlotte may give up their pick if a team is willing to take a player. Could Portland be interested?
Sources: Charlotte's offering No. 22 - if team will take contract of Spencer Hawes or Jeremy Lamb. Hornets need space to re-sign free agents— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2016
Update: Jeremy Lin is opting out of his contract with Charlotte, becoming a free agent July 1. No word on if that changes the approach of the Hornets on draft night.
Jeremy Lin declined to opt in on a $2.2 million player option for next season, making him a free agent as of July 1. https://t.co/gfLm7v8Lh9— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 23, 2016
Houston has added its name to the chaos, this time with rumors about a few rotation players. Unsurprisingly, Philadelphia is in the mix.
The Houston Rockets have called teams gauging interest in Trevor Ariza, Patrick Beverley and K.J. McDaniels, according to a league source.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 23, 2016
In preliminary trade talks, Houston pitched the Sixers a package involving Trevor Ariza and Patrick Beverley for Nerlens Noel, per source.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 23, 2016
Also, Thad Young is being discussed by multiple teams.
Sources: Several Western teams aggressive on Thad Young, whom Brooklyn's working to move to highest bidder. This gets Nets into first-round.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2016
Unsurprisingly, Philadelphia will likely be active at the draft.
League sources tell @chadfordinsider and me: Philadelphia is ramping up its efforts to acquire tonight's No. 3 overall pick from Boston.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 23, 2016
Numerous rivals describe Philly as the most active team in circulation ... with a trade involving Nerlens Noel looking more and more likely— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 23, 2016
If Philly is successful prying the No. 3 pick from Boston, it'll enable the Sixers to choose between Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn or Jamal Murray— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 23, 2016
As a follow up to the earlier Suns news, there may be some large roster changes before next year in Phoenix.
The growing sense in league circles is that the Suns are determined to move either Bledsoe or Brandon Knight before the start of next season— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 23, 2016
The Golden State Warriors have made calls trying to move up from No. 30 into the teens, according to a league source.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 23, 2016
Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio may also be a target by some teams, including Philadelphia.
Sixers probably aiming to get to 3 to get Dunn but also have been doing their due diligence on Rubio for months https://t.co/pehbXbyhCm— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) June 23, 2016
The Boston rumors continue... this time with Jahlil Okafor.
per @chadfordinsider the Celtics have a standing offer from the Sixers: Okafor for the #3 - so far C's "want more"— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) June 23, 2016