The 2012 NBA Draft is just around the corner, but not everyone with a pick is eagerly scouting available talent. Although there has been a lot of talk about how increasingly valuable this process will become over the next few years (what with the new CBA going into effect and all), some teams seem just as reluctant to pay guaranteed money to youngsters now as they always have been.
With less than two weeks to go before this year’s draft, a number of teams are reportedly trying to peddle their picks for proven players and/or cap flexibility. For example, the New Orleans are supposedly willing to part ways with their No. 10 selection, but only if someone also takes Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza off their hands. Meanwhile, teams like the Charlotte Bobcats and Toronto Raptors would seemingly be content with just moving their picks for a Rudy Gay-esque reliable, proven player.
According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, these are the teams looking to trade away their draft picks before the big night: Bobcats, Portland Trail Blazers, Hornets, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics (one of their picks) and Golden State Warriors (at least one of their picks). Meanwhile, these are the teams looking to trade up: Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.
Two things to keep an eye on over the next week: 1.) how will the Memphis Grizzlies’ ownership situation impact Gay’s status and 2.) which team will make a strong move to bring in Andre Iguodala.