The draft is almost here and the rumors are still swirling about the NBA. The Washington Times is expecting a very busy draft night with lots of trades.
In 2006, there were 15 draft-day trades, and this year's draft is expected to rival or surpass that. Some teams low in the draft - or without a first-round pick - badly want to move up to upgrade their rosters. Some teams higher in the draft would prefer to move down to get more picks and bolster their rebuilding projects.
There certainly has been a lot of smoke swirling around picks from 2 on down. I haven't heard many rumors about the #1 pick being up for sale, but I imagine that even that would be on the block for the right price. This is certainly a draft that you wouldn't want to miss because there are sure to be more than a few surprises.
Chad Ford has the Celtics picking former Southern Illinois standout point guard Bryan Mullins with the 58th pick. Mullins started a three-day workout with the Celtics on Sunday. On Monday, Mullins worked out with Notre Dame’s Kyle McAlarney and Missouri’s Leo Lyons among others. Mullins had this to say about his workout with the Celtics so far:
“I thought I did pretty good. They were impressed with my defense and my passing.”
The 6'2" Mullins played 4 years as a starter at SIU where he was most known for his defense and his teamwork. Mullins is one of only two players to tally more than 500 assists and 250 steals in Missouri Valley Conference history. If you are unfamiliar with Mullins, here is a video with some highlights.
Here's another trade rumor from the Star Tribune: The Timberwolves send Mike Miller, Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes to Boston for Ray Allen. The Wolves GM denied that there is any truth to this one. But then again, who believes GM's these days?
The latest rumor comes from something Stephen A Smith tweeted on Twitter via Hoopshype. Somehow, tweeting seems like a very accurate description of something Stephen A Smith might say. I don't put much stock in what he says, so take it with a grain of salt.
Celts won't need to make a deal. Their plan is to grab Dahntay Jones from the Nuggets and make sure KG returns 100 percent healthy.
This guy keeps showing up in Boston. They drafted him with the 20th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, and then traded hisrights, along with the rights to Troy Bell, to the Grizzlies for the rights to Kendrick Perkins and Marcus Banks. Then, he was brought into training camp in 2007 but was cut before the season. I'm not sure why he would be the one that the Celtics target when there are much better free agents who might be persuaded to play for the Celtics for the vet minimum in hopes of getting a ring but it is worth thinking about. He might make a good replacement for Tony Allen, but that is about it. Another reason I take this with a grain of salt is taht the Celtics need more than just a back up SF/SG. They need a back up center and a back up point guard. So, they need more than Dahntay Jones and a healthy KG.
Dates to keep in mind: June 25 Draft June 30 Date that Eddie House needs to decide on his player option June 30 Teams need to give qualifying offers to restricted free agents July 1 Teams can start negotiating with free agents July 6 Orlando Summer League begins July 8 Teams can sign free agents
My Lakers friend from work was talking some smack yesterday about Jackzen going for 11 next year. I put his comment in perspective last night when I wore my bright green "We beat LA" tshirt while I went running. God, I just can't tell you how great it is not only to have won #17, but to have crushed LA to win it. 1987 is just history now. 2008 continues on until they meet again in the finals.
Oh, and by the way, Red won 16 championships, not 10.
Yes, Red did have his hand in every one of those 16 championships. He also was GM, coach, driver, scout, and a lot more. Jackson just moved in and took teams with stars already in place, winds them up and lets them go. He is not now and never will be even half the man that Red was.