clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

NBA Rumors: Mo Bamba, Kent Bazemore, Kemba Walker, Dennis Schroder

New, comments

With the draft less than 48 hours away, teams are letting their intentions be known.

NBA: New York Knicks at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a busy time of year around the league, with the NBA Draft happening in less than 48 hours and NBA Free Agency shaping teams’ plans now and down the line. Let’s check in around the league for rumors.

Potential trade rumors

The Toronto Raptors are testing the trade value of forward Norman Powell, according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN:

Norman Powell is also a noteworthy trade chip. The Raptors have already been gauging interest in the 25-year-old guard ahead of the draft, sources tell TSN. After signing a four-year, $42-million extension in the fall, Powell turned in a disappointing third NBA season, losing his starting job in November and then falling out of the rotation altogether.

The Atlanta Hawks are willing to part with point guard Dennis Schroder, according to Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated:

Armed with four desirable picks, the Hawks have also explored trade options for No. 3, including the potential of moving down. Atlanta is said to be conflicted about Luka Doncic, and while they do have interest in Trae Young, they likely won’t select him unless they’re able to move down.

The situation is complicated by Dennis Schröder, who the team has made available for trades, according to league sources.

Following up Woo’s story, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated adds Kent Bazemore to the Hawks’ available trade chips:

The Cleveland Cavaliers could have an eye on Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, league sources tell Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:

Cleveland has in fact inquired about Kawhi Leonard’s availability from the Spurs, among others, and league sources suggested Charlotte’s Kemba Walker could be in play for the Cavs.

NBA Draft rumors

Mohamed Bamba, a prospect expected to go towards the top of the draft, has told the Memphis Grizzlies he doesn’t want to be drafted by them, according to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress/ESPN:

Oklahoma guard Trae Young had a “secret” workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers (picking No. 8 overall), also according to Givony:

League sources have told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com they expect the Cavs to select forward Michael Porter Jr. if he’s available:

Several sources, ranging from NBA executive to agents to scouts, told cleveland.com that the Cavs would most likely draft Porter if they could. The team, naturally, will not comment on its draft strategy.

Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated also reports the Philadelphia 76ers are looking to climb into the top five draft picks if possible:

Luka Doncic, a possible No. 1 overall pick, will attend the draft after his team won the ACB Championship: