June 1, 2012; Westwego, LA, USA; A detailed view of the winning lottery ball combination (6-4-9-7) and the winning envelope from the NBA draft lottery for the New Orleans Hornets at a press conference at the Alario Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NBA Draft: News and Rumors


Since this is a Bobcats blog, lets start off with the ongoing drama surrounding Charlotte and Cleveland.

From Ohio.com:

The Cavs have to decide whether they want Beal, and if so, whether it’s worth trading up to ensure snagging him… The Washington Wizards, selecting above the Cavs at No. 3, insist their trade that brought small forward Trevor Ariza won’t affect their draft board. They’ve been high on Beal and Michael Kidd-
Gilchrist all along.”

The Cavs and Bobcats want to make a trade. But there are a few teams that NEED to make a trade if they want to pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft.

The Brooklyn Nets are one of them, and they are looking to get into the first round according to SI.com:

The Brooklyn Nets are looking to make a splash with their move across the state line. Apparently that includes a new first-round draft pick to show off to fans, according to a tweet from HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy… The Charlotte Bobcats and Oklahoma City Thunder, with selections numbered 2 and 28 respectively, have both indicated a desire to part with their draft picks.”

It would take a whole lot for the Nets to move up to #2, but they might be able to work something out with OKC.

The Portland Trail Blazers could significantly improve their roster if they make the right choices with the #6 and #11 picks in the 2012 NBA draft. According to Yahoo! Spots, neither of them should be spent on Jared Sullinger:

“The red flag that some NBA doctors have assigned to Ohio State prospect Jared Sullinger should become enough to keep the Portland Trail Blazers away… I think that the Blazers really need to focus on getting a center and a point guard in the draft and that the team should not consider picking up Sullinger when he is still on the board at No. 11. Most NBA mock drafts have had Sullinger getting selected before that point, but it’s also very possible that he could drop out of the first round after these medical revelations.”

The 2012 NBA draft is just four days away, and some teams might not know what they’re going to do until they’re on the clock. Trade talk will heat up this week, and some moves might even be made before Thursday night.

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