With the 2013 NBA Draft taking place on June 27th in Brooklyn, NY, we'll be covering all the latest rumors and news surrounding possible picks and trades. The most important question being: will the Cleveland Cavaliers take Nerlens Noel no. 1 overall or will they make a last minute trade?
There has been lots of movement up and down on the draft board with many experts unsure what exactly is going to happen on draft day. With so much uncertainty there has been a lot of trade speculation. Check back often as we'll be updating the timeline as news becomes available to us.
The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to explore their trade options with the No. 1 overall pick, according to sources close to the situation. Cleveland has been very aggressive in their attempt to move the top pick and discussed plenty of scenarios.
The Cavaliers have had negotiations with a number of teams, including the New Orleans Pelicans.
Cleveland offered New Orleans this year’s top overall pick in exchange for point guard Greivis Vasquez, the No. 6 overall pick and a 2014 first-round pick, according to sources.
The New Orleans Pelicans are making Eric Gordon "very available" in trade talks, according to a source that spoke with RealGM.
Gordon signed a four-year, $58 million deal with the Phoenix Suns last offseason that was matched by the Pelicans. Gordon badly wanted to play for the Suns and was publicly disappointed by the Pelicans' decision to match.
Could we acually see a year where both the No. 1 and No. 2 pick in the draft are traded? As talk continues of the Cavaliers looking to trade the No. 1 pick, word surfaced Wednesday from the Orlando Sentinel that the Magic are looking to move the No. 2 pick.
Yahoo reports the Magic have been examining middle-to-late first-round picks in the event they are able to move down. Specific talks have centered in recent days about a potential deal with the Clippers involving Eric Bledsoe. The LA Clippers pick at No. 25.
It's a sign of how weak this draft is that teams with desperate talent needs are actively looking to move out of the top spots.
03:48pm EST | Jun 26
Cleveland pushing to acquire Dallas' 13th overall pick, with a focus on drafting Russia's Sergey Karasev, league sources tell Y!
I'm shocked that the Cleveland Cavaliers are leaning towards Alex Len with their #1 pick tomorrow night. This could all just be window-dressing in order to coax a trade out of someone.
Although Len has gained momentum in the world of mock drafts over the past couple of weeks, the majority of mocks still have him going at #4 to Charlotte, #5 to Phoenix or #6 to New Orleans (the Sporting News had him at #11 to Philly).
If the Cavs want Len so badly...trade down. Please do not make him the #1 selection in this draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are still leaning towards Maryland's Alex Len with the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, per a source.....
This is certainly a bold statement by Noel. Is he simply starting to feel the pressure of Alex Len creeping past him as the #1 pick? Is he saying that he will be ready by November to make himself more attractive to the Cavs?
We'll see, I guess.
NBA Draft prospect Nerlens Noel (knee) says he's optimistic he will be 100 percent ready to play by November. #nbadraft
It's fairly telling of the true top-shelf strength of the 2013 NBA Draft when the consensus #1 overall selection is a guy coming off a torn ACL in his knee, surgery with the famed Dr. James Andrews, and is not expected to be back on the court until Christmas (although he said today that he will be 100% by November). That is the case with Kentucky center Nerlens Noel. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Noel is enduring six hour/day, six days/week rehab sessions and is ahead of schedule in his progress.
There are other players in the conversation for the #1 overall pick (Alex Len, Otto Porter Jr., Victor Oladipo, etc.) but don't be fooled by any buzz...the Cleveland Cavaliers (unless they trade down) will take Nerlens Noel. There has been some talk about Cleveland trading the #1 overall pick. A couple of names that have been thrown around are Kevin Love and DeMarcus Cousins, but neither seems likely at this point.
With all of this being said, despite his computer nerd name, Nerlens Noel is the best player available in June's NBA Draft and he will, most likely, be taken by the Cavs. He's long, very athletic, and an excellent defender. Noel will need to bulk up in order to handle the physical interior game in the pros and his lack of raw scoring ability has been criticized by some. He is certainly not the polished top prospect that we are used to seeing in the #1 spot but Cleveland will likely take this wounded project and add some defense to what they already have on the court.
Consensus: #1 to Cleveland
Prediction: #1 to Cleveland
12:41pm EST | Jun 26
Sources have indicated Spurs may have a promise with Erick Green at 28. #draftrumor
Will Georgetown's Otto Porter go #1 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, #2 to the Orlando Magic, or #3 to the Washington Wizards? Just like most picks in this year's draft, Porter's landing spot is highly unpredictable at this point.
He's long, sleek, and athletic at the small forward position and will definitely bulk up from his current listed weight of 198 pounds. Although he is not as naturally quick as some other small forwards in the draft, Porter finds other ways to impact the game. He is "one of the smartest and most polished prospects in this draft class, which is impressive considering he's still only 19 years old" according to DraftExpress.
Porter's biggest appeal as a high-end draft prospect revolves around his work and potential on defense. At 6'9'' Porter has the size and length of a power forward, which gives him terrific versatility on the defensive end.
Otto Porter is considered one of the safe picks in this year's draft. He's not going to be a bust, but he will likely never be a team's top scorer at the NBA level. Teams that plan on swinging for the fences in the draft will, most likely, pass on Porter but teams looking for a legitimate 3rd or 4th guy will consider him.
Consensus: #3 to Washington
Prediction: #2 to Orlando
10:41am EST | Jun 26
One source said Oklahoma City was interested in packaging its two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 29) and Kendrick Perkins for a top-five pick. But the Thunder have had no takers up to this point.
10:37am EST | Jun 26
Have to chuckle at all the trade comments, proposals and some suggestions. DO enjoy them but please think first lol.
All of the talk this morning is about the proposed trade by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
According to sources, the Cavs offered the Wolves the #1 pick in tomorrow's draft, Tristan Thompson, and Dion Waiters in exchange for Kevin Love. Minnesota reportedly rejected the offer outright. Full Story
That's a pretty interesting trade offer.
What do you think? Would you reject an offer like that? Use the comment section at the bottom of the page to voice your opinion.
09:57pm EST | Jun 25
Maryland's Alex Len has the potential and upside to be the top offensive center in Thursday's draft. He's also a productive interior defender who can protect the hoop. Though
it might take his offense a few years to come around, Len could
still make an impact on defense as a rookie thanks to his size and
At 7'1'' he will create a mismatch at center in the majority of his NBA games. There are a number of teams in the top 5 who could use a mismatch or two.
I don't think he ends up going to Cleveland at #1. He's a big man with lower body issues so that will scare some teams away. I can't see Orlando, Washington, or Charlotte taking him...so I'm going to put him at #5 to Phoenix. Mock Draft consensus has him either #1, #4, or #6.
08:26pm EST | Jun 25
Charlotte Observer is denying Kidd-Gilchrist trade rumors:
An NBA source with knowledge of the situation adamantly denied
Tuesday that the Charlotte Bobcats are shopping small forward Michael
Kidd-Gilchrist as a trade commodity.
Rumors spread quickly Tuesday afternoon, after the website
sheridanhoops.com posted a story saying the Bobcats were looking to move
Kidd-Gilchrist, on the assumption Georgetown small forward Otto Porter
Jr. might be available when they pick fourth Thursday.
Porter and Kidd-Gilchrist would create a redundancy on a
Charlotte roster with many other needs. Hence the assumption the Bobcats
would move Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall pick a year ago, to make
room for Porter.
The league source said not only that Kidd-Gilchrist isn’t on the
trading block, but that the chances of Porter making it past the top
three picks are slim. Another league source strongly doubted any chance
of Porter getting past the Wizards at No. 3.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/25/4129023/source-bobcats-arent-looking-to.html#storylink=cpy
07:47pm EST | Jun 25
Suns, owners of the 30th pick, have strong interest in Baylor guard Pierre Jackson, a source said. Bos, NY, LAC,SA,Port also worked him out.
ESPN is reporting the obvious this afternoon. According to reports the Cleveland Cavaliers will draft either Nerlens Noel or Alex Len with the 1st overall selection in Thursday's draft...but they are not closing their doors to trade offers.
Mock drafts have transitioned over the past two weeks from 98% Noel to about 60% Noel, with Alex Len picking up the falling scraps. I still believe that the Cavs will take Nerlens to shore up the defensive side of the court.
03:54pm EST | Jun 25
The NBA has confirmed that 13 players have been invited to the 2013 NBA Draft’s Green Room, those players include:
Steven Adams (Pittsburgh)
Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
Trey Burke (Michigan)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia)
Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)
Sergey Karasev (Russia)
Alex Len (Maryland)
C.J. McCollum (Lehigh)
Ben McLemore (Kansas)
Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)
Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
Otto Porter (Georgetown)
Cody Zeller (Indiana)
03:45pm EST | Jun 25
Sounds like the Milwaukee Bucks are simply willing to take the "best available" player when their turn comes around. They really need guard help though.
Sounds like the Milwaukee Bucks are simply willing to take the "best available" player when their turn comes around. They really need guard help though.
Bucks GM John Hammond won't rule out team taking center or forward with No. 15 pick, even though guard is position of need.
The earlier reported rumors that Luol Deng will be traded to the Wizards appear to be false with a Yahoo Sports article stating that Deng and the Bulls are currently talking about a contract extension.
With a healthy Rose, the Bulls are trying hard to keep their core of Deng, Noah and Boozer together. Deng is one of their better defensive players while still contributing offensively averaging 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last year.
01:40pm EST | Jun 25
The Josh Smith rumors have begun.
Sporting News has reported that if the Celtics can deal Paul Pierce and get a trade exception, they will immediately submit a sign-and-trade offer for Smith.
The Houston Rockets are looking to clear cap space in order to make room for a big free-agent signing (Dwight Howard?) so Thomas Robinson is being shopped to multiple teams according to this Houston Chronicle article.
So far, they've spoken to the Spurs, Bulls and Cavs. The article states the deal is "imminent" meaning the door could soon be open for the Rockets to make a big signing.
Pacers Update: Gerald Green and the No. 23 pick are available. Not sure how far up they are looking to move at this point. Green's contract may be a stumbling block.
12:27pm EST | Jun 25
Timberwolves Update: Derrick Williams along with the No. 9 and No. 26 picks are being shopped by the Timberwolves to move up. Very interested in Victor Oladipo.
12:23pm EST | Jun 25
Who is the best big man in the 2013 draft?
ESPN.com compares the top big man prospects that played college basketball last season: Nerlens Noel, Alex Len, Anthony Bennett, Steven Adams, Cody Zeller, Mason Plumlee, Kelly Olynyk, Gorgui Dieng, Jeff Withey and Tony Mitchell.
Who do you think are a few sleepers in the 2013 draft class?
Use the comments at the bottom of the page to let us know.
11:00am EST | Jun 25
Another team looking at possibly acquiring the No. 1 pick from the Cavs is the Oklahoma City Thunder. Once again, Chad Ford from ESPN.com has the scoop:
“They (the Cavaliers) are engaged in trade talks with a number of teams. Sources say the Thunder, Timberwolves and Blazers have been the most proactive in trying to get the No. 1 pick – but so far neither team has persuaded the Cavs to move out of the top pick. The Cavs have narrowed down their list of prospects, according to sources, and it looks like it may ultimately come down to a battle between Kentucky's (Nerlens) Noel and Maryland’s Alex Len. I’m still persuaded, though not convinced, that it will be Noel.”
With the current talent on the Thunder roster, grabbing the top pick would give them another piece to become even stronger, which is a scary thought.
10:51am EST | Jun 25
Looks like Nerlens Noel won't be slipping too far down the board in the Cavs do pass on him. Chad Ford says the Magic will take him at No. 2:
"Sources close to the Orlando Magic told ESPN.com on Saturday that if the Cavs pass on Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel, the Magic are leaning strongly toward selecting him with the No. 2 pick in the draft."
Still seems to be a lot of uncertainty of the top picks in the 2013 draft.
10:36am EST | Jun 25
The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that the Bulls were in talks with the Washington Wizards about a trade involving Luol Deng in exchange for Emeka Okafor and the No. 3 pick in the draft.
Apparently, the Bulls aren't willing to make the move according to league sources. There is still time for more negotiations but it's not looking like this will happen.
10:27am EST | Jun 25
The Atlanta Hawks are looking to move up to as high as the no. 5 pick by trading away the nos. 17, 18 and 47 picks.
According to Yahoo! Sports, a source has indicated they have been in talks with a team in the top five.
Another source has confirmed the Hawks interest in the UCLA product Shabazz Muhammad. Considering how far Shabazz fell in the rankings, the Hawks may not need to trade up very high to get him.
According to ESPN's Chad Ford, the Cleveland Cavaliers have approached the Portland Trailblazers about the no. 1 pick:
“What are the Cleveland Cavaliers seeking in exchange for the No. 1 pick? Sources say they reached out to the Portland Trail Blazers in an attempt to land LaMarcus Aldridge for the Nos. 1 and 19 picks. The Blazers quickly rebuffed them."
This could be for two reasons:
1) LaMarcus Aldridge is worth far more than two first rounders, especially in the 2013 draft.
2) Not that they are forced to pick Nerlens Noel, but giving his injury history and the Trailblazers bad luck with high draft picks having short careers (see Sam Bowie and Brandon Roy), it's understandable why they may stay away from this.
10:10am EST | Jun 25
While most scouts and GMs list Nerlens Noel as an elite prospect, Victor Oladipo has been pegged as the safest pick in the 2013 draft. He's athletic, a great defender and seems to have the most legitimate chance to become an NBA star.
It all started back in his high school gym in DeMatha:
“He’s added something every year. If you go all the way back to when he was here and how may times (then-assistant coach) David Adkins made him sit in the mirror and just work on his shooting form, to dribbling two balls everywhere he went,” said Mike Jones, Oladipo’s coach at DeMatha. “Now he’s walking around with a little mini-basketball because (former NBA player) T.J. Ford told him that’s the way you continue to develop your ball-handling ability. He’s always trying to add something to his game. He’s worked on every piece of it. If you watched the workouts, clearly shooting is no longer an issue for Victor.”
Have a look at Oladipo's skills in this scouting video:
09:57am EST | Jun 25
There have been plenty of trade rumors associated with the 2013 Draft. Here is the roundup of the rumors so far:
The Sacramento Kings are looking to move Jimmer Freddette for a mid-to-late first round pick. Two team interested so far are the Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz.
The Brooklyn Nets are looking for a late first round pick and they are willing to move MarShon Brooks to make that happen. The Minnesota Timberwolves are said to be interested.
Two restricted free-agent centers are on the Portland Trailblazers radar. Nikola Pekovic and Thiago Splitter are two good options but it appears both the Spurs and Timberwolves would match any offer sheet unless the price is too high. Last year, the Timberwolves signed Nicolas Batum to an offer sheet, so the Trailblazers may look for payback on Pekovic.
Golden State are already looking to fill the potential void left if Jarrett Jack and/or Carl Landry leave. The Nuggets have said their 27th pick is available which may work for Golden State.
09:29am EST | Jun 25
The biggest question surrounding the draft right now is whether or not Nerlens Noel's knee is healthy. According to a report from The Courier-Journal, his knee is looking good:
“The doctor said everything was perfect,” Noel said. “All three teams I’ve been to said it looks 100 percent fine and I’m definitely ahead of schedule. It’s all been positive feedback.”
This is good news for both Noel and the Cavaliers for two reasons:
1) If they choose to draft Noel, while he may not be ready for start of the season, whenever he comes back he is the most likely to make an immediate impact in the NBA.
2) A healthy Noel also makes the Cavs no. 1 pick much more valuable as a trade piece. Teams would be less likely to include big pieces in a deal for the no. 1 pick if Noel is too much of an uncertainty.