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Really picked up my research game. Here's my mock draft V2-

1-Boston-PG-Markelle Fultz-closer and closer to a lock at #1. Lonzo declined a workout for BOS which is crazy, but not unexpected. The only question is whether Boston trades the pick. Given how stingy they are about value in return of trades, it's not likely they'll receive enough to get them intrigued to trade the 1st overall. However...a fun prospect of a trade is Boston sending #1 and cap fodder to SAC for #5, #10 and Cauley-Stein or Labissiere. Only problem is, at 5 they'd get something like Tatum or Monk and at 10, they're destined for another big. So they'd have Olynyk, one of SAC's bigs, the #10 big, Horford, and Zeller.

2-LA Lakers-PG-Lonzo Ball-Ball is nearly a lock at #1 unless someone trades for #1 and decides they want Ball without a workout and likely making him unhappy by not going to LA. Not likely. Ball has issues. He's not great athletically off the dribble. He needs to get into space. His creative passing is what makes him great. He's going to have a lot of pressure on him early. His floor is scary. Michael Carter-Williams comes to mind, but Ball does have a decent outside jumpshot.

3-Philadelphia-G/F-Josh Jackson-a great addition next to Simmons and Embiid. They absolutely need to get healthy though.

4-Phoenix-F-Jayson Tatum-I don't know what to think about Tatum. Duke doesn't do a great job at showcasing these types of players. Jabari has played better in the NBA than he did in college. I would venture to guess the same for Tatum. He's a little Danny Granger-ish. Fills a need for PHX at the 3 as well.

5-Sacramento-PG-De'Aaron Fox-desperately need a facilitator. They have a lot of guys who need someone to get them the ball. Hield and the young bigs would feast off a PG like Fox. He's super fast, great at getting into the lane, pesky defender. Reminds me a lot of John Wall, but not as physical due to a slight frame.

6-Orlando-F-Jonathan Isaac-Hammond is going to love Isaac if he can get him. Isaac is moving up in draft boards, but this is probably the highest he'd be taken based on teams in front of them not needing a guy like Isaac. Tall, long, unique skill set, ball handler who can score everywhere. Ceiling is Kevin Durant-ish.

7-Minnesota-F-Lauri Markkanen-could go a lot of ways here. They'd love Isaac, he'd be a great fit next to KAT, but he's gone at 6. A lot of options for a big man here. Markkanen probably has the highest potential. 7' shooter who is agile.

8-NY Knicks-G-Malik Monk-this team is in shambles morally and cap wise. Pick BPA and figure it out later. Dennis Smith is an option here, but Monk falls to 8, they have to take him. A little CJ McCollum-ish.

9-Dallas-PG Dennis Smith-if Monk or Smith are on the board, they'll take either. They need an infusion of young talent. If Smith is their, they'll not only get BPA, but answer a huge need at PG. Smith can do just about everything you want in a point guard. Not overly athletic, but can score everywhere and averaged over 6 assists per game and 2 steals per 40 minutes.

10-Sacramento-C-Zach Collins-if this is how the top 9 plays out, SAC isn't in love with anyone here. They'd have to reach to get a player they need. They have Cauley-Stein and Koufus at center, Labissiere came on late, but is more of a small-ball 5. WCS and Koufus have been on the trade block for the last year. They'd have a backup plan in Collins if they traded either or both. Collins reminds me a bit of Andrew Bogut.

11-Charlotte-PG-Frank Ntilikina-Charlotte's in a weird spot too. Drafted Frank Kaminsky and a lot of pressure to make him work especially after being offered the farm for him when he was drafted and turning away offers. They have Zeller and Batum locked up long turn. Ntilikina plays the same position as their best player (Kemba), but if he gets to them, just take him and develop him slowly because he'll need it. He's barely 18, plays in a small D3 equivalent Euro team and is a combo point guard at 6'5".

12-Detroit-PF/C-John Collins-not a great selection for them here. They need a shooter, but Kennard's the only one available. Collins can fill in at the 4 alongside Drummond and do all the post scoring that Drummond can't. But with the NBA going small, having two guys over 6'10" that can't defend the perimeter, coupled with them drafting Henry Ellenson, signing Jon Leuer long term last summer and still having Marcus Morris, picking Collins here would only add confusion. They could draft a true center and trade Drummond. If Smith or Ntilikina is available, they'd prefer to take one of them and trade Reggie Jackson.

13-Denver-F-Og Anunoby-if Anunoby's ACL is right, this could be a huge steal. He has potential to be Gerald Wallace. Not getting to see him workout at all though has to be concerning. They could go safe and pick a center to back up Jokic.

14-Miami-PF-TJ Leaf-a huge hole at PF for Miami. The return of Justise Winslow will be huge for them. Leaf can do a lot of scoring, but is short armed and not all that athletic that relegates him to the 4, yet doesn't have post defense or perimeter defense which makes him kind of a lost position.

15-Portland-SG-Donovan Mitchell-POR has 3 picks in the 1st round and they're not likely to keep them all, but if a wing is available at 15, they should take one. Mitchell is only 6'3" but has an incredible 6'11" wingspan with incredible athleticism and defensive potential, something they desperately need behind McCollum and Lillard. This could jettison Crabbe and Turner if they can get Mitchell.

16-Chicago-SG-Luke Kennard-they've been searching for a shooter for years. Kennard gets to them here. He's a great pick up along a bunch of guys who need the ball. Kennard does all his best work off the ball. Terrible defender, but that can always be disguised.

17-Milwaukee-C-Jarrett Allen-a lot of draft projections have Allen here. CHI, POR, MIA, DEN ahead of MIL all do not need a center. There should be a few to choose from, this may come down to who the Bucks scouts like best in workouts. Allen is 6'11", 7'5" wingspan, athletic, rim runner, shot blocker. Checks a lot of boxes the Bucks are missing. His frame is somewhat slight at the moment, but has broad shoulders to grow into. He's already in the 230's as well, so he can easily hit high 240's and fill out the way DeAndre Jordan did. We're always looking for centers and if Monroe opts in, he may not play much, but it makes Henson that much more expendable. I also wouldn't mind seeing Thon pushed to the 4 on occasion next year with his ability to stretch the floor and play perimeter defense. Giannis, Thon, Allen front court? Yes, please.

18-Indiana-C-Justin Patton-this is purely BPA. They're still paying Al Jefferson a lot of money, but he's been so ineffective, I doubt he sticks around long. Myles Turner is progressing but is still so up and down. Patton is a very big (7', 7'3" wingspan, 240 lbs) big man, who is still a great athlete that can score in the post, something the Pacers are missing. They'd be smart to trade Paul George for a high pick and blow this thing up because what they have now isn't working.

19-Atlanta-C-Harry Giles-at this point, just take him and see what happens. Not very effective at Duke, might have terrible knees, but at 19, if you can get him on a decent bill of health, he's worth the risk. They're losing almost their entire rotation minus Schroeder and Howard. Howard could be a trade candidate and they could go really young.

20-Portland-C-Ike Anigbogu-Again, POR has 3 picks in the top 26. They won't keep them all. But if Anigbogu is still here, you have to take him. 6'10", but a near 7'7" wingspan, he's a perfect small ball 5 who could terrorize the inside. They need a backup center who's actually effective. Ezeli may never come back, and if he does, he'd be great trade bait if he's healthy, Meyers Leonard seems to be hated by fans, that leaves Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh behind Jusuf Nurkic, who they love. Depth up front never hurts, especially since Nurkic (I think?) tore his Achilles.

21-Oklahoma City-F-Justin Jackson-if OKC can get Jackson this late, they'd be thrilled. He has question marks. Not the best athlete, not a scorer 1 on 1, but he still put up 22 points per game. He's seasoned at 22 and can play right away which is what OKC needs. They have some guys in Roberson and Abrines at wing, but they both have limitations.

22-Brooklyn-C-Jonathan Jeanne-BKN is in no hurry to win. They have a terrible roster and can afford to take their time with Jeanne. He's compared to Rudy Gobert in size (7'2", 7'7" wingspan), stylistically as he's a super long shot blocker, rim runner, high energy guy and he's from France as well. He's EXTREMELY raw though, so much so there's as much film on him as their was on Giannis in his draft.

23-Toronto-PG-Jawun Evans-seems to be moving up quite a bit. He played for a pro-style offense, heavy into P&R which is huge for a point guard entering the NBA. TOR will have a hole to fill if they let Lowry walk. Evans is probably the most NBA ready PG at this point in the draft. They could also go with a big here.

24-Utah-G-Derrick White-the Jazz have some re-tooling to do this off-season. Hill, Ingles and Hayward are free agents, while Favors, Joe Johnson, Exum, Hood and Diaw are all in their last year. Their #1 priority will be to re-sign Hayward. They would probably like to re-sign Hill, but he's 31 and will garner a lot of free agency interest. With Exum continuing to struggle, Utah needs a new PG. They may not find the PG of the future at 24, but Derrick White has incredible story. Came from a culinary collegiate school to play basketball, moved on to a D2 Colorado school before playing for Colorado. He's already 22, but has a lot of experience and is much of the form of Malcolm Brogdon. Plays within himself, decent shooter, big 6'5" point guard. A good fit in Utah.

25-Orlando-PF-DJ Wilson-Orlando's second pick may be where they go after depth up front with so many big men available. DJ Wilson, if he stays in the draft, would be a great add. Reminds me a lot of Tyrus Thomas, but a good Tyrus Thomas. Jumps off a pogo stick, a really good role man, can fly for blocking shots. He doesn't have an offensive game to speak of, but his defensive prowess could push him into the 1st round.

26-Portland-F-Rodions Kurucs-definitely a stash pick as this is POR's third 1st round pick. Kurucs will stay overseas and play for Barcelona. Has a very similar size, skillset to Bogdan Bogdanovic and will likely be a future trade asset.

27-Brooklyn-G/F-Terrance Ferguson-Ferguson went the route of Brandon Jennings playing in AUS instead of going to college. 6'7" wing player, some see him as a 3&D guy, only 19 years old. Again, another future pick for BKN looking to hit on somebody. He hasn't played a lot and when he does, is very team-oriented so his flashes have been minimal.

28-LA Lakers-Isaiah Hartenstein-7' German, but not the typical German. He's every bit of his 7', 250 lb frame. Huge guy, who still has good ups and athleticism. Really good rebounder, good hands, can block shots, not much offense to speak of except round the rim. Very young, probably a stash pick.

29-San Antonio-C-Anzejs Pasecniks-a very Spursy pick, but they have a lot of holes to fill with some impending free agents. Pasecniks is 7'2", 240 lbs, former teammates of Porzingis. Very fluid ad athletic for being so big. He's filled out over the last 2 years when he was formerly rail thin. He's already 21 and probably ready to come over right now. He plays a little like Porzingis, freakish athleticism for being so big, but doesn't have nearly as good of a jumper. He's going so late, because he's from a small Euro team and already 21. He could go in the early 20's though.

30-Utah-PF/C-Ivan Rabb-will be interesting to see if Utah keeps this pick as they need all the cap space they can and the 30th pick is the last of the guaranteed contracts. If they do, they could go big man after getting a PG earlier. Rabb has been on the NBA radar for a few years, but never quite panned out. He put up 14 and 10 last season for Cal. Good rebounder, albeit a bit short armed for being close to 7'. He's kinda, sorta, a little like Tristan Thompson but taller.
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The Bucks can't afford to take on two 1st round draft pick salaries. They're going to be really pinching pennies this off-season. Plus, I think Brooklyn, unless they can move into the top 10, will keep both those picks as they have such a limited roster. Maybe they can get POR to move on a 17, a future 2nd rounder for 20 and 26. But that's only if they really want someone at 17 that won't be there at 20. And by matching up all the Bucks needs and POR needs, they're pretty similar.
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They can afford to take on the salary if they cut bait with Monroe and Snell. Which is what they should do.

Well, with Snell at least. Hopefully Monroe opts out.
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Trade back for those BKN picks. 17 for 22, 27.

Pick up Frank Jackson and Terrance Ferguson.

I'd also consider a flyer on Giles if he's there at 22, 27.

If there isn't a trade available, I'm fully prepared to take Frank Jackson at 17.

The Bucks will probably pick Rabb or DJ Wilson, which I don't like.
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Or try to get rid of Delly, Telly and/or Henson and realize we can't pay role players that much money unless they're going to be a sure-fire 6th man. We're going to be a team that pays max or near-max money to three guys and have to fill in the roster with cheap contracts. Better to start that now than have to unload bad contracts and attach picks to them solely to be able to extend guys like Middleton, Thon, Jabari.
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Updated Mock V2---

1-Boston-PG-Markelle Fultz-this stays the same. Fultz will be the pick, it's just a matter of whether BOS keeps it.

2-LA Lakers-SF-Josh Jackson-a surprising report came out tonight from a Lakers insider that if the draft happened today, the Lakers would pass on Lonzo Ball. He hasn't worked out or interviewed, but the source cites fear that Lonzo may not be the star he's being projected as and they fear his surroundings. Jackson could be the best player in this draft anyways. It's just a matter of fit. But Russell, Jackson, Ingram and Randle is a nice haul to their re-build.

3-Philadelphia-PG-Lonzo Ball-now here's a team that doesn't care about baggage. And what a team it would be to watch Ball, Embiid, Simmons and Saric.

4-Phoenix-SF-Jayson Tatum-I still think this is the pick, but the Suns can go a lot of different directions. Tatum is the best fit for this team and fills in nicely with their nucleus.

5-Sacramento-PG-De'Aaron Fox-it'd be tough to pass on Isaac here, but with a haul of big men, they need a PG badly. Darren Collison has been serviceable, but would also be great trade bait.

6-Orlando-F-Jonathan Isaac-another tweener forward for ORL, but this one has so much potential. Great ballhandler, fluid athlete, scorer, has a lot of bust potential, but has a ceiling of similar style of Durant.

7-Minnesota-PF-Lauri Markkanen-I don't see a lot of things I love about Markkanen, but he's a phenomenal shooter and a very good athlete. The issue is he has little rim protection, he'll need another big next to him to not surrender the rim every defensive trip. Regardless, a great fit next to KAT.

8-New York-SG-Malik Monk-they'll have their pick of guards here. Monk, Ntilikina and Smith are available, but Monk is the best pure scorer of the bunch. They have desires to re-sign Rose which leads me to believe they'll want a pairing backcourt partner to Rose.

9-Dallas-PG-Frank Ntilikina-I don't love Ntilikina, but this is a future pick for Dallas. They need something to get exicted about for the future and he has a lot of potential as a 6'5" PG.

10-Sacramento-C-Zach Collins-Collins doesn't fit into this roster with Cauley-Stein, Koufus and Labissiere there already, but WCS and Koufus have been on the trade block in the last year. Labissiere and Collins would be a great pairing. Collins is an exceptional rebounder, great roll man, super athletic for being a big white 7' footer and can stretch the floor.

11-Charlotte-SG-Luke Kennard-this pick screams Michael Jordan....in the sense that he would pick him. He has a history of picking white college stars. Kennard would fit in really well though. Collins would be the pick if he's there, but he's not and the next round of bigs would be a reach at 11. Kennard fits well next to Kemba, MKG and Batum.

12-Detroit-PG Dennis Smith-DET is in a weird spot, they have a terrible cap situation and don't love Reggie Jackson. Jackson was nearly traded at the deadline and could be moved this summer. Smith is a good replacement as he's a different player than Jackson, extremely well versed in P&R which is much needed next to Drummond.

13-Denver-PF-John Collins-not a great selection here for Denver who needs a PG and wing first and foremost. Gallinari will be a free agent and they've been trying to trade Chandler and Faried for years. Collins is a decent pairing next to Jokic.

14-Miami-SG-Donovan Mitchell-Miami could go for a PF here to pair next to Whiteside after reports came out that Bosh may not play again. But that means his salary won't count against the cap which means a potential tear down with Whiteside being the cornerstone. They need help on the perimeter s well. Mitchell is a freak athlete, good scoring ability.

15-Portland-F-OG Anunboy-POR has a terrible cap situation and will look to pair a pick with one of their bad contracts to free up some cap space. One of those players may be Harkless who's owed 30 million over the next 3 years. They also badly need to get nastier on defense. Anunboy checks boxes to replace Harkless and give them some defensive intensity and athleticism. Crazy athlete, crazy size and wingspan.

16-Chicago-C-Ike Anigbogu-with Wade opting in, paying him and Rondo for another year, and Robin Lopez for two more, they're in a conundrum. They need depth on the interior though and Anigbogu is 6'10" with a 7'6" wingspan, nasty shot blocker and athlete. Would be a good future pairing with Portis.

17-Milwaukee-SF-Justin Jackson-this pick doesn't blow me away at all as two of my favorites go 1-2 right before the Bucks pick, BUT this would give them flexibility if Jackson can contribute with Snell and Parker's future. Beasley is also a free agent.

18-Indiana-PF-TJ Leaf-this depends on the Paul George situation. This pick could be included to move up to 1-3. They need interior help next to Myles Turner. He's good, fills the stat sheets, but is still really young and a bit of a headcase. Leaf has some sneaky athleticism, good range, a pure PF.

19-Atlanta-C-Justin Patton-they need help everywhere. Dwight Howard is on the books for this coming year and the following so Patton doesn't help right now, but nobody here will. Has some potential, some guys later have higher potential. Just see Patton as a legitimate 7' with skills around the basket.

20-Portland-C-Harry Giles-again, POR will be selling or looking to package some of these picks. I don't love Giles, his knees are trash, but he has a lot of potential. This seems about his space. If POR keeps this pick, he can heal and learn the NBA slowly.

21-Oklahoma City-G-Jawun Evans-OKC could trade this pick and move down and still get a guard they like. If they don't, I bet they reach for one, because they need a backup PG so badly. They've always done well drafting PG's and moving them in the future. Evans can play right now.

22-Brooklyn-C-Jarrett Allen-I think BKN is targeting a foreign big man to develop who has high potential, but Allen is more ready than any of them. He still could be a better rebounder and shot blocker for his frame (6'11", 7'6" wingspan), but that could develop as he fills out which he will.

23-Toronto-PF/C-Isaiah Hartenstein-they'd love Allen, but may have to settle here. Hartenstein has a weird story, US born, moved overseas as his father played Euroball. He's 7' and can shoot.

24-Utah-SF-Rodions Kurucs-they really don't need anyone right now as they're returning almost their entire roster. Kurucs probably won't come over next season from Europe which is a nice stash move for Utah. They also want to keep their salaries down as they have to re-sign just about their entire roster this summer and next.

25-Orlando-C-Jonathan Jeanne-7'2", 7'7" wingspan, rail thin but can just about touch the rim from the floor, can block everything, but is incredibly raw. They have enough young talent they can bring him along slowly.

26-Portland-C-Anzejs Pasecniks-a stash pick for POR. 7'3", extremely fluid athlete for being so big, has a really nice stroke, surprisingly good as a roll man.

27-Brooklyn-G/F-Terrance Ferguson-they can play a little here with their pick. Ferguson seems like a 2nd rounder to me, but is really young. He's going to take awhile to get use to the NBA because he's essentially coming out of high school as he went straight to Australia to play professionally.

28-LA Lakers-C-Bam Adebayo-getting a lot of 1st round love. He's 6'10" with a 7'3" wingspan, everything you'd expect out of a player his style (long, shot blocker), but his numbers weren't great at Kentucky because he played with so much other talent. Best case scenario he fills out and becomes a good bench center.

29-San Antonio-PF/C-Ivan Rabb-SA's in a weird spot, have good talent, but all aging except for Kawhi. They're losing Dedmon in free agency, David Lee is not good and nothing else as far as front court depth behind Aldridge. Rabb isn't a good fit next to Aldridge, but he's probably the most NBA ready of anyone around this pick.

30-Utah-G-Derrick White-if they can nab White here it'd be a steal. He's a lot like Malcolm Brogdon in his style. He's played at every level and continues to advance and get better. With George Hill becoming a free agent and Exum coming off injury and not being any good before injury, they need a steady point guard.

Next 5-

PF-DJ Wilson-seems like a 2nd round guy. High energy, great length, but is already 21.5 years old.
F-Tyler Lydon-think, Mirza Teletovic. Meh.
G-Frank Jackson-could be a nice 6th man a la Austin Rivers.
F-Caleb Swanigan-where he's limited, he's extremely limited, but he's strong, long, can shoot, a great rebounder for his size. Someone's going to pick him early in the 2nd round to try to make him their Draymond Green
G-PJ Dozier-a weird player, 6'6", 6'11" wingspan, positionless, but can run the point, can't shoot, super athletic. No real NBA comp, but in the age of positionless basketball, he may intruige a team.
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10 days out from the NBA draft, here's version 3 of my mock.

Two notes: Jonathan Jeanne was diagnosed with a disease that cost Isaiah Austin, a Baylor potential lottery pick two years ago, his basketball career. Austin was recently allowed to resume basketball, but it will likely cost Jeanne any chance of getting picked. Rodions Kurucs, another international player, withdrew from the draft after seeing his stock not rise nearly as much as he'd like after draft workouts. He impressed scouts and many talked highly of him as a bit Gordon Hayward-like, but he's still only 19 and can come back next year looking to get picked higher.

1-Boston-PG-Markelle Fultz-still up in the air what BOS does with this pick, but their track record of asking for everything and the farm in trades, it's not likely they find a trade partner. I bet they're asking CHI for Jimmy Butler and their 15th pick and/or Robin Lopez AND to take back a bad contract. That seems like a BOS haul. But if you're CHI and you really want to blow it up, this is the time to do it. What will be interesting to see is how BOS works out Thomas, Fultz, Bradley and Smart in the rotation. One side note, Fultz MIGHT work out for SAC which is shocking for a sure fire #1 pick to give a team that's not #1 a workout. Would BOS consider 1 for 5, 10 and Cauley-Stein?

2-LA Lakers-PG-Lonzo Ball-I was mistaken in my last draft, after reading a bunch, I think the "maybe they're not taking Lonzo" was a smoke screen. I bet they still take him and work on a Russell trade trying to package one of their bad contracts to clear cap space.

3-Sixers-SF-Josh Jackson-everyone says its not a great fit, because they don't have shooters, but Jackson, Simmons, Saric and Embiid plus whatever you can get from or for Okafor is a great core to move forward with.

4-Phoenix-PG-De'Aaron Fox-PHX HAS to do something with this team. They've collected asset after asset that now it's getting repetitive. At PG it'd be Fox, Bledsoe and Knight. At big man it's Len, Chandler, Bender and Chriss. Take Fox and start putting a package together for a star to really try to move forward. This is the ultimate Jimmy Butler destination. I don't know if they could get it done without including the #4 pick. They could do Bledsoe, one of Len/Bender/Chriss and their pick next year.

5-Sacramento-F-Jayson Tatum-I think if SAC doesn't work out a trade to move up and Ball and Fox are off the board, this is a loss. But Rudy Gay opted out for next season becoming a free agent and Tatum can step in right away to the 3 and play. They have a really nice farm of front court players of Tatum, Cauley-Stein, Labissiere, Koufus and Papagiannis.

6-Orlando-F-Jonathan Isaac-Hammond's move to ORL screams him picking Isaac here. He's always sought after the unknown especially when it comes to all-around players who have high potential. Isaac has all that.

7-Minnesota-PF-Lauri Markkanen-a tough pick for Minnesota here with Dennis Smith available, but Ricky Rubio had a good year and they took Kris Dunn early in the draft in 2016 who they still have to have hope for. Markkanen fits a huge need as a front court partner next to KAT and would help them space the floor in a big way.

8-New York-PG-Dennis Smith-they've been searching for a PG for awhile and Smith could be the answer. They desperately need a floor general alongside Kristaps and Smith has all the tools to be a really good point guard in the NBA. His biggest asset is his ability to run pick and roll ad Kristaps is a pick and roll god.

9-Dallas-G-Frank Ntilikina-I'm not super high on Ntilikina after watching some tape and listening to Euro scouts. He's super long and rangy, a good athlete, but not that quick, is super young at 18 years old, but wasn't a major player on his Euro team and doesn't have a great first step. He's also positionless. He's a SG that can run the point. Regardless, I think Dallas rolls the dice and goes for the upside.

10-Sacramento-C-Zach Collins-it doesn't make a lot of sense here, having WCS, Koufus and Labissiere, but if they think Collins is a better fit next to Skal, they take Collins and trade WCS for a PG. Collins is a surprisingly athletic 7 footer who can step out and hit jump shots and 3's while defending the rim and rebounding.

11-Charlotte-SG-Malik Monk-CHA gets a gift in Monk at 11 who could go as high as 6. Monk can score everywhere on the floor and would be a great fit. I'd love a lineup 1-4 of Kemba, Monk, MKG and Batum.

12-Detroit-SG-Luke Kennard-they're going to lose KCP to free agency due to their disastrous cap situation. Kennard put on a clinic in his combine workout shooting the ball. If nothing else, he'll be a great 6th man.

13-Denver-PF-Harry Giles-DEN could also look to blow it up this off-season with Gallinari hitting free agency and getting the most of the value that is left of Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried. Giles, if healthy, would be a great next to Nikola Jokic. He probably has the most upside of any player after pick #6. Giles, after his combine workout, showed no signs of any lingering knee issues and could jump into the top 10.

14-Miami-G-Donovan Mitchell-this solely depends on whether MIA wants to break the bank re-signing Dion Waiters. If they do, Mitchell doesn't make sense with Waiters and Tyler Johnson there. If they want to let Waiters get overpaid by someone else, they take Mitchell as if is very similar to Waiters. Mitchell's question is his ability to play SG in the NBA. He's barely 6'2", but has a 6'10" wingspan, incredible athleticism and a good all-around scorer.

15-Portland-F-OG Anunoby-POR is looking to package one of their later picks and attach Harkless's contract to free up some cap space. If they did, it'd give them a bit more flexibility. Anunoby is an extremely long wing who looks to be a bit Gerald Wallace-ish. Anunoby tore his ACL in January and is still recovering, likely to miss at least the first half of the season. POR isn't necessarily looking for a rotational player right now as they have Lillard, McCollum, Crabbe, Evan Turner, Aminu, Harkless 1-3 and Nurkic, Vonleh, Leonard, Ed Davis and Ezeli at the 4-5. I wouldn't be surprised to try to trade all three 1st round picks, attaching a contract to each one and free up cap space, because Nurkic, and Vonleh will be free agents after this season.

16-Chicago-C-Jarrett Allen-CHI's a complete toss up here. They have a mix of vets (Wade, Rondo, Butler, Lopez) and young players (Valentine, Portis, Payne and Grant) and no real direction prior to this draft. If Butler gets traded, the next domino to fall would be Lopez. Insert Jarrett Allen. He may need a year or two of seasoning before he's ready to contribute but he's long and a good shot blocker and rebounder.

17-Milwaukee-C-Ike Anigbogu-another toss up here. Does MIL invest in ANOTHER center when Thon took such big strides in his rookie year? You can't complain about getting a really good defensive rotational center this late in the draft. Anigbogu is a massive center, 6-10, 250 lbs and is only 18 years old. He has a near 7'7" wingspan and could swat at everything. If Anigbogu lasts this long, you take him. Even if Monroe opts in, Anigbogu can take a year to learn the NBA game and be a defensive force for years to come.

18-Indiana-C-Justin Patton-IND is another team with a mess of mish-mash talent. Myles Turner is a really intriguing player that can fill up the stat sheet, but is a really unsteady player. He could use a more traditional center next to him. Patton is a low post player with good foot work and is 7' tall. His poor rebounding numbers in college are scary, because that stat translates, but with Turner next to him, it may not be a huge concern.

19-Atlanta-C-Anzejs Pasecniks-a 7'3" foreign center who runs rather fluidly for being so big, can shoot from the outside and play above the rim. He's a super intriguing prospect and at 21 years old, may be ready to come over and play right away. ATL has a track record of picking guys like him. With this team in a bit of a mess right now (Millsap becoming a free agent, Howard and Bazemore's horrible contract), they need to look to the future.

20-Portland-PF-TJ Leaf-again, POR is looking to sell their picks, but this is about Leaf's positioning. He's either really good or really bad depending on the scout. He's a solid 6'10", good foot work, an all-around scorer as a 4, but isn't a very physical player. In today's NBA, traditional PF's are out the window, but could be a useful bench scorer.

21-Oklahoma City-PG-Jawun Evans-a highly unsung player in this draft is Evans. His only real knock is that he may not even be 6'. He does everything well as a PG and OKC desperately needs to find a backup to Westbrook. Semaj Christian, their backup PG for 16'17', was statistically one of the worst players in the NBA. OKC also loves taking PG's around this spot and turning them into role players.

22-Brooklyn-C-Bam Adebayo-this is a guy who could be picked a lot higher. He's 6'10", 250 LBS, but plays above the rim and has a Thon Maker motor. At 22, BKN is going to look for highest upside. They loved Jonathan Jeanne, but after he came up with a condition that forced Isaiah Austin to retire from basketball a few years back, he won't be drafted. Pasecniks is another guy BKN has their eye on and may be available, but in this mock he's not. Adebayo is a good consolation prize. A side note on BKN, they actually signed Alle Crabbe to that massive offer sheet that POR matched. I wouldn't be shocked to see BKN offer a future 2nd rounder for POR's 15 and Crabbe for POR to get him off their books.

23-Toronto-SF-Justin Jackson-this screams a TOR pick. Jackson was a highly productive scorer for UNC. His knocks are that he's 22 years old and isn't the most gifted athletically. But he could come out as a 3&D type guy. And with Demarre Carroll being the bane of TOR fans existence, they'd be thrilled to get a guy like Jackson.

24-Utah-C-Isaiah Hartenstein-a weird story for Hartenstein, he was US born, but his dad played Euroball and grew up in that system. He's a 7' shooter with a big frame. Utah won't be looking to add any salary after Hayward, Hill and Ingles are all free agents. Hartenstein will be a draft and stash.

25-Orlando-G-Frank Jackson-ORL could go with a big man here, which would clear the path for a few trades as ORL has a glut of bigs. Here though, they take Jackson who put on a show shooting and scoring in the combine workout, measured out as one of the best athletes and is a bit of an unknown, because Duke doesn't play with traditional PG's relegating him to be a scorer. He's a tweener as a 6'4" combo guard, but would be a great fit next to Elfrid Payton. If they can walk out of this draft with Isaac and Jackson, it'd be a huge win for Hammond in his first draft with ORL.

26-Portland-PF-John Collins-again, POR may trade this pick. This is around where Collins may fall.

27-Brooklyn-G-Derrick White-White is a 6'5" point guard who comps closely to Brogdon. Not overly athletic, but successful in college and has a great story coming from a small culinary college as a near walk-on moving all the way up to play for Colorado. Not overly athletic, but super steady, something BKN needs in their backcourt. Walking out with Adebayo, White and Crabbe (via trade proposed earlier) would be a good starting point for a BKN re-build.

28-LA Lakers-PF-DJ Wilson-Lakers were one of the first to workout Wilson and are said to have loved him. He's a touch over 6'10", super athletic, wants to block everything within his range and can shoot 3s. He's 22 years old and may not get a lot better, but that's a unique skill set. LA has found similar players out of nowhere in recent years (Tarik Black, Larry Nance Jr) and Wilson may be another product of that.

29-San Antonio-F-Jordan Bell-incredibly versatile defender, but super undersized at 6'8" for a PF. Seems like a Spurs type player and SA needs help on the inside.

30-Utah-SF-Wesley Iwundu-the Jazz priorities will be to re-signing Hayward, then Hill then Ingles. Ingles may get something around the MLE from another team to be a dirty work player. Utah could part with him and find the same type of player, but more athletic and physically gifted in Iwundu. 6'7", 7' wingspan, great defender and athlete, improved shooter.

Best of the rest----
-SG-Terrance Ferguson-similar story to Brandon Jennings going to play in AUS professionally instead of college. But he was a mere role player in AUS and did poorly in workouts among more elite SGs. Seems he'll fall to the 2nd rd.
-C-Tony Bradley-a bit of a stiff as a 6'11" center, plays below the rim, but is a really good rebounder. In today's NBA, he may be, at best a back up center.
-F-Caleb Swanigan-he's definitely a 2nd round type guy who a team will take a flier on in the first 5-10 picks in the 2nd round. He's extraordinarily athletic, can shoot, really tough nosed rebounder and somebody will see him as their Draymond Green
-F/C-Ivan Rabb-was projected as a top 10 pick two years ago, under performed at UCLA, and with a glut of 4/5's in this draft, Rabb will fall to the 2nd round.
-F-Tyler Lydon-a 6'9" Syracuse shooter. Reminds me of Mirza Teletovic, but was unimpressive in workouts shooting poorly and athletic testing. Will be a good 2nd round pick for someone looking for bench shooting.
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Moving up----

-G/F-Josh Jackson-Jackson has worked out for all the top teams in the draft except that he cancelled his workout with BOS, the #1 overall pick holder, a curious move. It could mean BOS says, screw it, we don't need to work you out, we're going to take you. Or, Jackson's camp cancelled because they don't want him to go there and come off the bench. The latter is more likely. Shocking, because BOS has been long rumored to trade this pick for a star like George or Butler. Why trade for one when Jackson is younger and projects to be very similar? Regardless, Jackson is getting love in LA at #2.

-PG-De'Aaron Fox-apparently was a great interview, charmed the pants off a few teams and some are seeing him as a safer pick than Lonzo, not only in playing style, but in terms of baggage as well. Fox could go anywhere 2-5.

-F-Jayson Tatum-Tatum's draft stock is moving up because of Jackson's moving up and Ball's moving down. If Ball doesn't go #2, it's likely Jackson would go 2. Tatum could slip in anywhere 3-6.

-C-Zach Collins-in today's NBA, a standard 7 footer isn't ideal. It's not always that you'll find a team finishing the game in clutch situation with a true center on the floor (see: 2017 NBA Finals), but Collins isn't a prototypical center. He's pretty athletic, can play above the rim, but also step out. His per 40 numbers at Gonzaga were off the chart (23, 14, 4 blks). I wouldn't be surprised to see him go 7 to Minnesota.

-G-Luke Kennard-Kennard tested out decently athletically and shot the lights out of the gym. I think he showed he's more than just a stand alone shooter and GM's would salivate over him playing a role similar to Klay Thompson or Rip Hamilton. He too, is being touted as a potential top 10 pick, no lower than 12.

-F/C-Harry Giles-after a great showing at the draft combine and testing out athletically superior to many of the other bigs in his range, it's likely he'll be the first big off the board after everyone leading up to Collins/Markkanen.

-PF-Jordan Bell-he's came from the middle of the 2nd round all the way up to the late 1st in some mocks based on his usage. He's got some limitations and he's already 22 years old, but he's a hard nosed defender who rebounds well for his size. In today's NBA of small ball, if you have a big tall forward next to him, he could play some 5.

Moving down-----

-PG-Lonzo Ball-now, maybe he's not actually moving and LA still takes him at 2, but there's a lot of whispers that LA may go for Josh Jackson to fill out their roster better and see him as having a higher ceiling. Or, if LA trades the pick, it's likely a team is trading up for Jackson, not Ball. If Ball doesn't go 2, I don't see PHI or PHX taking him 3 or 4 and he could slip to SAC at 5 or ORL at 6.

-G-Frank Ntilikina-it's not necessarily that teams don't see high potential, but it's that other guys are moving up. Ntilikina needs a lot of tutelage as he's only 18. The likes of Mudiay and Exum may be scaring teams away from him.

-F/C-Lauri Markkanen-he'd be a great fit for MIN or NY at 7 and 8, but they have other needs as well. His draft projection is all over the map. It's likely he still goes top 10, but where is the big question.

-G-Donovan Mitchell-with Kennard moving up, that moves Mitchell down. There are some guard needy teams after the top 10 (CHA, MIA, DET, DEN) but none are great fits for him outside of maybe MIA. With other bigs available there and Mitchells' lack of height, he may be seen as a 6th man rather than a potential long term starters.
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How about we trade every single draft pick?

-BOS trades #1 to PHI for #3, PHI's 2018 1st-this is the current hot rumor, so much so that Fultz is apparently traveling to PHI to meet with PHI brass tomorrow. I'm curious as to what Boston is targeting, my guess is Josh Jackson. So in this scenario, Boston continues to get great value for their trades. Jackson, IMO has as much value as Fultz and would fit really will into Boston. Outside shooting may be scarce in Boston, but IT, Bradley, Brown, Olynyk, Horford with Jackson, Smart, Zeller, Crowder off the bench is an even more improved unit from this year. PHI would give up an asset, but is still owed LA Lakers unprotected 2018 1st round pick, so their own pick next year isn't a huge loss. They'd nab Fultz which is exactly the type of point guard they need where, at #3, they'd get great value, but they need shooting and Jackson and Fox don't provide that.

-Lakers trade #2 to SAC for #5, #10-in this trade, you could add players like Russell from LA with SAC giving up Cauley-Stein or Labissiere, or LA throwing in Deng or Mozgov to get out from their contracts. This straight up deal makes sense for both teams though. SAC moves up and takes Justin Jackson, a wing scorer who would compliment Buddy Hield well. They'd be giving up the opportunity to get a point guard. Maybe SAC could convince them, if they took on Deng or Mozgov, they could get back Russell in the deal too to deal with the PG issues, but with Hield and Jackson, Russell would only take away shots from those guys. LA moves back and could realistically, still get Lonzo Ball at 5, or nab De'Aaron Fox, while at 10, they could pick up Collins, Markkanen or Kennard.

-PHX trades #4, Bender, MIA's 2018 1st (top 7 protected) to CHI for Butler, #16-For PHX, they pick up Butler, a superstar they need alongside Booker. Both would compliment each other really well. It make limit the effectiveness of Bledsoe, but what a dynamic group Bledsoe, Booker and Butler would be. They, in return, give up the MIA pick which is looking to be late lottery bound and Bender, the #4 overall pick last year that didn't play at all, but still has a lot of potential. They also get CHI's #16 pick which may be the tough sell for CHI. For CHI, they start the re-build. This would have to be a domino effect for CHI as they'd have to unload Wade and Rondo too to go young. But they get #4, which could land them Ball, Fox or Tatum. Tatum is the likeliest fit for them. They also add another lottery pick next year and Bender, a 7' shooter, who can replace Mirotic who disappointed last year but give them a shooting big. A core of Tatum, Portis, Bender, all of their own future 1sts, MIA's future 1st wouldn't be a bad start.

-ORL trades #6, Hezonja, Payton to PHI for #3, Okafor, PHI's 2018 1st-in essence, ORL moves up three spots, gets the #2 pick from two years back in Okafor, and a 2018 1st which still could be a high lottery pick while PHI gets a point guard who may need a change of scenary and can run the pick and roll effectively, and a shooter/scorer in Hezonja who's buried on ORL's bench. ORL would likely target Tatum, Ball or Jackson while PHI could pick up Markkanen. PHI ends up with Payton, Stauskas, Simmons, Saric and Embiid with Hezonja, Markkanen, Luwawu, Holmes, Bayless, Henderson while ORL builds around a core of Jackson/Tatum/Ball, Fournier, Okafor and some lesser pieces or trade bait of Vucevic, Biyombo, Gordon.

-MIN trades #7, Dunn to SAC for #5-Dunn was bad last year, but that doesn't mean his careers over. He's young and was buried on a bench behind non-shooters and ball dominant guards/wings. Given a new team he could develop and his biggest strength is his length and defense. MIN moves up targeting Isaac who may not be there at 7. SAC gets a high lottery pick last year in Dunn who would fit right into the starting PG role and pick up Markkanen at 7 to pair with Labissiere and WCS in the front court. MIN could get Tatum at 5 creating a dynamic group of Rubio, Wiggins, Tatum, KAT and Dieng.

BOS trades-#1, Smart, Zeller, Crowder
BOS receives-#8, Carmelo, WCS
NYK trades-#8, Carmelo
NYK receives-#1, Zeller, G. Temple
SAC trades-WCS, Temple
SAC receives-Smart, Crowder

BOS picks Monk, looks like IT, Bradley, Carmelo, Olynyk, Horford with Monk, WCS, Brown off the bench.
NYK pick Fultz, build around Fultz, Kristaps, have filler starters in Lee, O'Quinn, Zeller, Hernangomez.
SAC picks Isaac if Tatum isn't there, and at 10 get Collins-Smart, Hield, Isaac, Labissiere, Collins with Crowder, Afflalo, Koufus off the bench.
It's a pretty simple trade in that they move up to #1 costing them Melo and #8 who they're losing already. You could potentially throw WCS to NYK instead of BOS too. Sac trades specialist for specialist. Smart gives them some nastiness and you get to see what he's really made of. At 5, they'd take Tatum or Isaac, at 10 they'd take Collins.

DAL trades #9, Wes Matthews to SA for Lamarcus Aldridge-DAL is constantly in re-tool and win now mode. After a terrible year, they need a quick reload to give Dirk one last shining moment. In SA, Aldridge didn't fit as they expected and fans were frustrated with his lack of defense and me-first mentality. In this trade, SA gets Matthews, a veteran moving towards the end of his career, but still effective and would fill the glaring hole that Manu leaves. They also get the #9 pick where they could nab Ntilikina, a true SA type of guy and the heir apparent to Tony Parker. DAL gives up their pick, but at 9, they're likely to miss out on Dennis Smith, Ntilikina isn't a win-now type player and nobody else fits their mold. They could roll with a combination of Devin Harris/Barea at PG or another free agent addition, Barnes, Dirk, Aldridge with Noel, Powell, Ferrell off the bench. The question would be what would DAL do at guard spots then?

-CHA trades #11, Batum to SAC for #5-SAC is losing Rudy Gay to free agency and needs to fill the #5 spot. If they project Tatum to be gone, too expensive to move up to get Jackson and don't see Isaac as their type of guy, Batum could fill the role of swiss army knife and veteran presence. CHA moves up to #5 and takes Isaac. Isaac is a big swing and CHA needs to swing big. They're stuck in the never-enviable position of 8th/9th in the East and either need to blow it up, or go for a guy like Giannis. Isaac is that type of potential. And with CHA acquiring Plumlee and not caring about salary, they're not looking to blow it up any time soon. SAC moves back to #11, where they'd own #10 and #11 and get Collins and Ntilikina.

-DET trades #12, Reggie Jackson to NYK for #8-DET would have to take back salary (Lee or a combination of medium contracts), but they'd free themselves up of Jackson who has not fit in well. They'd pick Dennis Smith most likely to take over as their PG of the future. NYK need assets and Jackson could need another fresh start and would get all the shots he wants in NY. NY also moves back only 4 spots and could pick up one of the bigs their like Harry Giles.

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So many trade rumors-

-LA wants to move up to #1 to take Fultz as Magic Johnson was very open about how Fultz killed it in their workout. They're reportedly mulling an offer of #2 and Randle for #1. Interesting if BOS has any wavering on if they may want Jackson, they could swindle LA into giving them Randle while still taking Jackson. Randle isn't the best fit for BOS as he and Horford are very similar players and Horford is on a massive deal.

-PHX apparently really wants Lonzo Ball. Would be an interesting scenario to see him and Booker together. PHX could stand pat and hope he falls to them with Fultz, Jackson, Fox going 1, 2, 3, but more and more it seems like Ball will go within that top 3, so PHX has to offer up. PHX has a lot of trade pieces (Bledsoe, Knight, Len, Bender and to a lesser extent Chriss, but I think they want to keep Chriss around). If LA can get PHX to take on a Deng or Mozgov contract, I think they'd move back, but PHX would be in cap hell paying Knight, Chandler and Dudley $36 million next year, plus adding another vet who may not play, so their better bet would be to something like #4, Warren and Bender for #2 and Tarik Black.

-Philly is offering #3 and a 2018 1st (they own their own and LA's) to move, presumably to #1. PHI would take Fultz, LA or whoever LA may trade with would like take Ball (unless SAC jumps in to take Jackson) and BOS would take Jackson or Tatum if Jackson isn't available. Dream scenario for PHX is Philly moves up, takes Fultz, LA trades with SAC, SAC takes Jackson, BOS at 3 takes Tatum and PHX gets Ball.
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If Boston gets Jackson, this will be an okay deal for them.

If Boston gets Lonzo, yikes.

Props to philly for going bold.
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In response to diener, BOS and PHI have agreed upon a trade (which is MINDBLOWING) where BOS sends #1 to PHI, while PHI sends #3 and Lakers 2018 1st OR SAC's 2019 1st. From what it sounds like, PHI will add a protection to the previously unprotected Lakers pick. The pick will be protected top and bottom, so it could be top 3, and non-lottery protected, meaning the pick would have to fall between 3-14 for it to convey to BOS. If the pick doesn't convey in 2018, the Sixers will send BOS the Kings 2019 1st round pick which is currently unprotected. Adrian Wojnarowski reports the protection on the Lakers pick makes it lean towards staying in PHI. So I'd guess protection is heavy, so more so than top 3, but also non-lottery, meaning BOS doesn't want the pick if it ends up 20th which is smart on their part.

What's so mindblowing about this is the Celtics and Sixers have been known to be stingy about trades. And for them to agree is pretty rare. Personally, PHI wins this trade. I thought they'd have to give up a future unprotected 1st and a player, or two 1sts. BOS didn't get enough from PHI in my opinion. Any other team, like if PHX would've traded with BOS, it may have been more fair, but PHI has a stockpile of picks. They didn't even nab one of PHI's FIVE 2nd round picks.

So to recap, BOS now owns all of their own future 1st round picks, plus BKN's unprotected 2018 1st, LAC's 2019 lottery protected 1st, MEM 2019 1st protected 1-8, PLUS this haul of either LA's 2018 or SAC's 2019 1st. PHI still owns all of it's future 1sts, a potential future 1st from OKC and a whole host of 2nd round picks.

As for the draft, PHI is locked to pick Markelle Fultz. I still think LA picks Lonzo, then BOS probably takes Josh Jackson. If LA takes Jackson, I'd guess BOS takes Tatum. BOS is NOT taking Lonzo Ball. He refused to work out for them, that's huge. No way they take him. What a steal for PHX if Lonzo falls to them. That's apparently who they're in love with.

And to think, PHX, SAC, and DET are still potentially looking at trading their picks up or down. What a crazy draft this will be.
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-Paul George informed the Pacers he won't re-sign after next year. All reports say Indiana will work quickly to trade him before the draft. This could be BOS and CLE's opening for their next star. CLE would probably have to work a 3 team deal that would include Kevin Love. BOS has a host of assets to throw at IND including picks and players. IND is reportedly asking for 2 starters and a 1st round pick. They won't get that value. Here's a few deals I like....

BOS trades #3 to IND for Paul George-this is probably the best value IND's going to get considering PG may be a 1 year rental. BOS would then have turned the #1 into Paul George and either LA's 18' 1st or SAC's 19' 1st. That's tremendous value for the #1 pick. IND would have a host of players to pick from and still have their later pick to get another prospect. BOS would absorb George's contract into cap space leaving them with about $16 mill left over. It'd take them out of the running for Hayward in FA, but with George it's not a big deal. BOS could add Tyler Zeller to that deal and take back Thad Young. It'd cut the Pacers salary cap down 1 year as Zeller is owed 1 more year at $8 million, while Thad is owed 2 more years at $14.5 per. IND gets a usable backup center for next season while BOS adds a tremendous asset to, probably, their starting lineup. IT, Bradley, George, Young, Horford with Smart, Crowder, Brown off the bench and still some money to add depth to their front court.

IND receives-Kris Dunn, Gorgui Dieng
IND trades-Paul George
CLE receives-Paul George, Cole Aldrich
CLE trades-Kevin Love
MIN receives-Kevin Love
MIN trades-Kris Dunn, Gorgui Dieng, Cole Aldrich


If IND is looking for young players, this could be a decent deal for them. Jeff Teague is a free agent and they need a replacement PG. They're not getting one in their draft spot and Dunn, although struggled in his rookie year, has plenty of time to develop. Dieng would be a great front court partner next to Myles Turner. CLE gets George and Pekovic giving up Love and Shumpert. George obviously fills in at the opposite forward spot of Lebron. Aldrich is a throw in to CLE as CLE helps MIN to clear up cap space. Aldrich is owed about $15 mill for the next two years. Aldrich didn't play at all last year, but CLE literally did not have a center on their roster at the end of the Finals. He's a warm body. MIN brings Kevin Love home to pair with Wiggins and KAT. Giving up so early on Dunn and trading Dieng after signing him to an extension may be a reach, but Love is still an incredibly talented player when healthy. He'd be a great front court partner next to KAT.
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Second-to-last CC Mock Draft---adjusted for BOS/PHI trade, lots of news and notes...


1-PHI-PG-Markelle Fultz-lock it in. If the trade didn't say it enough, Embiid and Saric's selfie in front of a Sixer Fultz locker certainly did. A good trade for them where they solved issues (shooting, PG) in 1 pick.

2-LAL-PG-Lonzo Ball-I still say it's a smoke screen and bet they take Ball. If not, Jackson could go here. Jackson's a better fit, but if as hyped, Ball is the answer to a lot of LA's needs.

3-BOS-F-Jayson Tatum-IF they don't trade for Paul George, they take Tatum. Apparently that's who they're trading back for, not Jackson.

4-PHX-F-Josh Jackson-does PHX pass on Fox for Jackson if Jackson falls to them? They've been so high on Ball and Fox, its hard to say. But Jackson's a 20 PPG scorer in the NBA. Fox can get to elite PG status, but it's going to take a lot of development.

5-SAC-PG-De'Aaron Fox-SAC is in a luxurious position to take whatever falls to them. Jackson fills a need at SF with Gay leaving for FA, but Fox fills a HUGE need at PG. He and Hield form a dynamic backcourt combo. They need to find another scorer for that roster outside of Hield, but they're getting closer.

6-ORL-F-Jonathan Isaac-this is another pick looking like a lock. He won't go higher than 6, and ORL has a need for a high upside player of his abilities. There's plenty of playmaking and scoring on that roster already so Isaac won't be forced into a position he's not ready for and Hammond loves his position-less players.

7-MIN-F-Lauri Markkanen-MIN is likely to go after either Isaac or Markkanen. Here, Markkanen is only available, but fits into the roster perfectly as a guy who can roam the perimeter and knock down 3's. He's fairly athletic and a good rebounder, his only question is will he be able to defend anyone?

8-NYK-PG-Dennis Smith-so many are pegging Monk here, but NY needs a PG to distribute the ball, run the offense and Kristaps needs a point. Smith isn't a great fit into the triangle, but nowadays, who is in the NBA? Smith is a saavy PG who can do it all.

9-DAL-SG-Malik Monk-if Smith isn't there, Ntilikina is the other option, but Wes Matthews has been thrown around in trade rumors. The only hold up on Monk is if DAL is high on Yogi Ferrell and Seth Curry for their future. That'd put 3 combo guards on their roster, albeit with all different skill sets.

10-SAC-C-Zach Collins-with WCS, Koufus and Labissiere on the roster, this makes this pick tough. SAC may be better suited to hope Tatum or Jackson falls to them and pick up Smith or Ntilikina at 10, but they picked Fox here at 5. By virtue of having a few big men, that shouldn't cause pause for SAC to take Collins. He was productive in limited minutes and his per 40 minutes were insane. 7' tall, can shoot, surprisingly athletic, rim protector and absolutely swallows up rebounds.

11-CHA-SG-Luke Kennard-Adding Kennard as a 6th man would really fill out this roster. I think they're hoping for Collins, but Kennard is a nice consolation prize to compliment Kemba, MKG and Batum.

12-DET-PG-Frank Ntilikina-DET already has Reggie Jackson under contract, but hes been in trade rumors for awhile. Even if he's not traded, Ntilikina is big enough to play the 2. He's not ready right now, but neither are the Pistons.

13-DEN-F/C-Harry Giles-DEN needs to swing big and not just go for roster guys. They swung with Mudiay and missed, but Giles seems to have calmed the storms about his knee issues. Giles would be a perfect front court partner to Jokic.

14-MIA-G-Donovan Mitchell-think of him as the Dion Waiters replacement. So many similarities between those 2, both barely over 6', but long and super athletic and not afraid to shoot.

15-POR-F-Justin Jackson-I'm pretty meh on Jackson, but POR may look to trade Aminu or Harkless with one of their later picks to clear salary. Jackson can fill that role off the bench and will be asked to do nothing but stand in the corner, shoot and play some defense off Lillard and McCollum.

16-CHI-C-Jarrett Allen-CHI's pick is so up in the air. They need depth in their front court, though, and Allen provides length, rebounding and shot blocking. He could be a long term replacement for Robin Lopez.

17-MIL-C-Bam Adebayo-so much depends on what MIL thinks they need. Do they go after a guy like OG Anunoby? Probably not bcause he could miss this season with an ACL tear from January. Does Monroe opt in, and if so, does that effect what MIL picks? They brought in Adebayo twice, once in a private workout, and the latter happening this past week which leads me to believe they're high on him. Allen and Anigbogu are also potential spots here, but Anigbogu didn't work out for MIL and Allen is gone. Adebayo provides length, strength and shot blocking inside. But if Monroe opts in, that would give them 4 centers on their roster if they take Adebayo and can't trade Henson.

18-IND-PF-TJ Leaf-this pick comes down to Leaf or John Collins. Leaf may be a better fit as a low post scorer who has really good foot work and as a rebounder, he'd compliment Turner well.

19-ATL-PF-John Collins-ATL needs talent wherever they can get it. Collins is projection as a stretch 4, but scoring ability in the paint. He also put up really good rebounding numbers in college. He'd be a good pairing with Howard for now and as a future replacement for Paul Millsap.

20-POR-C-Ike Anigbogu-as mentioned, POR could sell this pick and the next one if they can attach contracts to it. Even if they can't, Anigbogu would be a great addition for them, adding size, defense and length to their interior. He'd project as a backup center to Jusuf Nurkic.

21-OKC-F-Semi Ojeleye-I would be willing to bet OKC trades this pick and Ojeleye projects around here. He's a swiss army knife who can do it all and would is perfect for today's NBA as an undersized 4.

22-BKN-C-Anzejs Pasecniks-this depends on whether BKN feels he lasts to 27. I don't think he does, so they take him here. He's 7'3", long, surprisingly athletic, can shoot and play a bit above the rim. He's almost 22 which hampers him a bit, but I think he can come over and play now.

23-TOR-PF-DJ Wilson-this may be early for Wilson, but he fits what TOR probably wants. Someone who can play right now (he's 22), and has a versatile skill set (shooting from 3 and blocking everything that comes his way). He'll be a great role player in an up tempo game and with Ibaka a free agent and reluctancy to sign him to a big, long term deal at his age, Wilson can step in and take over his role to a lesser extent.

24-Utah-F-Tyler Lydon-what would a draft be without Utah taking a white 3 point shooter? But seriously, Lydon is 6'10", 7' wingspan who can shoot, pass and is a sneaky rebounder. I see him as Ersan Ilyasova.

25-ORL-F-OG Anunoby-at 25, ORL can take chances and wait on Anunoby's recovery from ACL surgery. He's another Hammond type guy. Long, athletic, can do a lot of things, but his best attribute right now is his defensive versatility. He's projected anywhere from #13-2nd round based on his ACL issue, but this is great value at 25 if he comes out healthy.

26-POR-G-Derrick White-again, POR is selling picks and trying to attach contracts to them, but there isn't a lot of value at 26 to take on a bad contract. If they keep 1 pick, I bet it's 26. Here, they land Derrick White, a 6'6" point guard with a tremendous story coming from a small culinary school. He plays a lot like Malcolm Brogdon and can defend both guard positions, something neither of their guards can do.

27-BKN-SG-Terrance Ferguson-BKN has plenty of time to develop young players. Ferguson did not do well in his draft combine workouts with other SG's pushing him to the bottom of the 1st round, but he has the physical attributes to be an NBA SG.

28-LAL-C-Justin Patton-somebody has to slip and Patton has enough red flags it could be him. His lateral quickness and rebounding is in question, but is huge, young and has high upside. A great pick up for LA who needs more depth at center.

29-SA Spurs-F-Jordan Bell-he's projected to go higher based on his defensive versatility. He can cover multiple positions, get steals, blocks and rebounds and is incredibly athletic. SA needs more toughness in their front court if they plan to keep Leonard around and Bell would offer that.

30-Utah-PF-Isaiah Hartenstein-draft and stash. 7' shooter from AUS.
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ATL trades Dwight Howard, #31 pick to CHA for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, #41 pick

For ATL-I don't understand this trade outside of getting rid of Dwight in addition by subtraction. Take out the picks and maybe it's pretty close to even. What's crazy is Dwight was pretty good for ATL last season. Dwight, however, has been horrible in transition defense and the game is shrinking negating the benefits of Dwight. The pick though, really throws me off. Those first five picks of the second round are valuable as hell. They are non-guaranteed deals and guys with question marks who are ranked higher, fall to the 2nd round and get picked in those first 5 picks. There's a lot of talent at the end of the 1st round and some guys are going to fall there. Plumlee is owed $12.5 million for this coming season plus two more. Belinelli is on an expiring deal and played heavy minutes off the bench for CHA this past season. He'll just be another guy for them. The benefit of trading Howard is they decrease their salary by over $10 million for this year and next. It seems as though they're angling to re-sign Millsap and Hardaway Jr. If they do that, this deal will be for naught because both of them will be massively overpaid.

For CHA-it's an even crazier deal for CHA and seems like a backwards move. They have a starting center now, but it's at the risk of stunting Kaminsky's growth by benching him even further or putting Cody Zeller on the bench who just received a massive extension. The benefit is moving up in the 2nd round. It seems like CHA, trading away Belinelli (their only 3P threat) is banking on Kennard being their at 12 and taking him.

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BKN trades Brook Lopez, #27 pick to LA Lakers for D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov

For BKN-It's a decent haul to get a guy like Russell for Lopez's expiring deal. They had to get something for him this summer as he's really their only true asset. 27 doesn't have great value, but it's funny that BKN keeps trading away 1st rounders. Russell may just need a change of scenary. There's going to be no shortage of shots available to him. That roster though, has almost no NBA talent and will, once again, be a bottom feeder. What's shocking though, is they had to take back Mozgov without getting anything in return outside of Russell. Mozgov's contract is AWFUL. They owe him $48 million over the next 3 years. And he's just a guy. He's big, and that's about it. He's not a great rebounder, a pretty inefficient scorer for not shooting at all and doesn't block shots.

For LA-Considering they gave up a very late 1st, a player in Russell that wasn't working on the roster, had diminishing value and whispers are that he has a bad attitude AND added Mozgov into the deal is a steal. They're going to love Lopez. He's developed a pretty decent 3P shot. He only shot 34% from 3 last year, but was taking FIVE PLUS 3 pointers a game. Shrink that down and he'll be more efficient. He's still only 29 and is still scoring 20 PPG. He may be there for only a year as they'll look at max deals next summer and Lopez's deal is expiring, but he's a good guy to have in between and who knows, maybe if they get George, and they pick Ball and he's as good as advertised, maybe they can convince Lopez to re-sign on a lesser deal.

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LA Clippers are shopping De'Andre Jordan-

Rumors are a package was put together for PHX to trade for Jordan giving up #4 and Tyson Chandler. If that rumor came out, it's likely that it has come and gone. Not sure what the hang up was, maybe PHX wanted another player or the Lakers #27 pick. That'd be a bad deal for PHX. Jordan's a nice player, but what do you then do with your crop of young bigs in Chriss, Len and Bender? My guess is they were looking to acquire Jordan and didn't want to give up #4, get Jordan for something like Bledsoe and Chriss, then flip #4 for Jimmy Butler, but LAC demanded #4 and it fell apart. I'm still willing to bet Jordan gets dealt. They are going to likely lose CP3 to FA and possibly Blake Griffin too.

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-Jimmy Butler has reportedly told the Cavs he has no interest in coming there. The conflicting reports are whether Butler doesn't want to be traded at all, or if he just doesn't want to go to Cleveland.

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-Rumors are that Paul George is likely to be dealt on draft night. I'm sure they have a host of trades to choose from, they just have to pick the one with the best value.
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