Things are heating up on the rumor mill. There are several rumors surfacing about proposed trades.
First of all, the Commercial Appeal is reporting that Danny has been inquiring about the #2 pick in the draft.
As the rumor mill churns, the Griz have been approached by several teams about acquiring the second overall pick. Boston, Houston and New York are said to be among the most recent suitors.
Boston and Houston would likely have to offer an established NBA player or two, given that neither team owns a first-round pick. New York owns the eighth pick and likely would want to move up for the opportunity to take Rubio.
This has started the rumors and speculation as to who Danny would be targeting. Is he interested in Thabeet? Rubio? someone else? Who would he trade? Ray? a combination of young guys? Is he targeting someone else on the Grizz to go with the pick? Lots of speculation out there.
Another rumor with several sources behind it is that Danny has offered Tony Allen and JR Giddens to Philly for Willie Green. It hasn't been a secret that Tony is wearing out his welcome in Boston. He was expected to fill a big portion of the role that James Posey left behind. But instead, he spent much of the season injured (again) and saw very little playing time once he came back because his play was so erratic. JR Giddens is very athletic and played very well in the D League last season, but there have been questions about his attitude and willingness to be coached. On the other hand, Sixer fans seem all to willing to get rid of Green. Green plays the same position as Eddie House and Ray Allen. It isn't a position we really needed to upgrade. Wouldn't it be better to try to use Tony's expiring contract and Giddens' potential to go after a small forward where we really need help? But then again, maybe Ray really is on the block and Danny is trying to shore up that position with a veteran who can score and defend. Here are a few comments from the Sixers boards in response to the idea of trading Green.
Green is WORTHLES. If Boston gives us a 6'6 guy that can defend in Allen, it's a steal! Sometimes I wish I could talk to Stefanski.
wow id do that Tony Allen/Giddens deal for Green in a heart beat.
I see NO viable reason as to why this deal shouldn't be done, unless it is due to Green being involved in another package landing us a better return.
I'd take Tony Allen's defense and Giddens' potential over Willie's anything.
Willie to Boston? I can see why Boston would do this. Green gives them a more reliable player for their rotation. Allen is very athletic, but injury prone. BUT, if he could put it together, we'd have a steal.
Several posters have mentioned that Danny is very interested in Garrett Temple, a 6'5" SG/SF out of LSU and may look to take him with the 58th pick if he is still on the board. Here are a few quotes I found about Temple: Draft Express
There is very little not to like about Temple in terms of natural physical gifts. He has outstanding size for a guard coupled with an enormous wingspan. He also has fairly smooth (although not freakish) athleticism, although his frame and overall bulk leave a lot to be desired.
G Temple from LSU has all the makings of a lock down defender. Some team will get a steal either late in the 2nd round or in free agency. Should be able to guard three positions in the league and handle the ball for a few minutes a game.
Lots of rumors and speculation going around. It will be very interesting to see how this all comes out.
On another note, I was asked whether the Orlando Summer League would be open to the public and I wrote to the Magic and this is their reply:
The Summer League is closed to the public but we offer a live broadcast for the games on www.orlandomagic.com.
Nice to know that we will be able to watch the games online. Sometimes NBA.com and CSN broadcast some SL games but we can watch them all live on the Magic website.