The NBA Draft is on Thursday, and the trade rumors are beginning to swirl. The first-overall pick has already been traded and other players and picks will likely be on the move before Thursday night. Stay with us all week as we break down the latest rumors and update you on any breaking news. This week promises to be a busy one in the NBA, and you do not want to miss any of the action.
-The Boston Celtics have officially traded the first overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers are expected to take Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick
-The Lakers look like they are going to stay put. Paul George says he is going to leave Indiana after this season, and the Lakers could be targeting him. They look to be content taking Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick
-Paul George has been at the center of a variety of rumors. Pacers reportedly looking at trades with the Cavaliers, the Lakers, the Clippers and others.
-The Suns have a crowded backcourt, but they may trade one of their assets to try to move up a few spots. Lonzo Ball may be the target. Just speculation at this point.
– The Celtics could be looking to make another big trade. They are rumored to want Jimmy Butler for the number three pick.
– Rockets may also be a rumored landing spot for Paul George
-Jimmy Butler looking like he is at the center of a multi-team deal. Teams and pieces involved TBD
-Minnesota and Cleveland look like two of the primary teams involved. There may be others as well. Minnesota has the assets, but no official word on if a deal is in process.
-Marc Stein mentions that Cleveland may not have the pieces to get Jimmy Butler and needs another team to get involved. Kevin Love, Cleveland future pick, and Chicago 2017 first round to Suns, Eric Bledsoe and Suns’ first round pick to Chicago, Jimmy Butler to Cleveland. That could be one option. Other teams could get involved.