NBA AM: 2013 NBA Draft Gets Closer
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The NBA Draft Gets Closer: The 2013 NBA Draft takes place on June 27th in Brooklyn and while we’ve tried to overwhelm you with mock drafts, it seems it’s time to take another look at the playing field.
Last week word leaked that seven of the 14 green room invites had gone out with Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel, Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore, Michigan’s Trey Burke, Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr, UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Maryland’s Alex Len making the first lists.
The NBA was still debating the next seven. However, it is expected that Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams, Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum, Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams, Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk, Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and UCLA’s Shabazz Mohammed could make the second group of seven. International point guard Dennis Schroeder is also said to be in the mix for the next seven.
The NBA surveys its 30 teams to try and arrive at the top 14 in any draft class, however just because the league pegs the top 14, does not mean that they will get drafted that high.
Here is a look at the latest HOOPSWORLD 2013 NBA Mock Draft:
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We Want To Know: The San Antonio Spurs turned in another impressive showing in the NBA Finals last night, the question is can they do it again? So we’re asking you:
Staying Or Going: For international daft prospects, today is the day to decide whether to stay in the draft or pull out. The NCAA has changed the rules for collegiate draft prospects forcing them to decide their status in April; international draft prospects have until 5 p.m. EST today to decide to stay in the draft or to withdraw their name from consideration.
Croatian forward Dario Saric has decided to pull out of the 2013 Draft and will submit his signed letter today.
French big man Mouhammadou Jaiteh still has not decided.
Word is the Oklahoma City Thunder were interested in Jaiteh with their pick at No. 29; however, the Thunder where clear Jaiteh would spend most of the season in the D-League and that was not something he was open too doing.
Jaiteh told HOOPSWORLD on Friday that he was seeking a firm first-round commitment prior to leaving for a workout with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. If Jaiteh stays in the draft it likely means he has secured his commitment, as Jaiteh was clear that pulling out and spending another year in France in the top division wasn’t a bad thing and that looking at the 2014 draft class in terms of centers might mean a significantly higher draft stock next year.
All indications are that Russian swingman Sergey Karasev received his commitment in the first round (possibly the Cavaliers at No. 19) and that Greek swingman Giannis Adetokunbo received his commitment as well (possibly the Hawks at No. 17 or 18).
While teams are under no obligation to honor verbal draft commitments, most prospects opt to stay in the class knowing they have a draft floor with the chance that another teams jumps ahead of the committed draft spot and takes them higher.
The 2013 NBA Draft is in 10 days.
Can’t Have Bledsoe: The L.A. Clippers and Boston Celtics have discussed a deal that sends Kevin Garnett and his remaining two contract years to the Clippers in exchange for center DeAndre Jordan. As part of the proposed deal, two future first round picks would head to Boston as part of an agreement that allow Celtics head coach Doc Rivers out of the remaining three years and $21 million left on his Celtic contract, in order to join the Clippers as their next head coach.
For the last several days, both sides have been talking about a deal with Boston being insistent that Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe be included in the deal. However, it seems that until Chris Paul is re-signed in L.A. that the Clippers are unwilling to include Bledsoe in any transaction.
Talks went fairly cold yesterday, however it is believed that both sides will try and revive the deal in the coming days.
Garnett has a no-trade clause in his contract and would have to agree to waive it in order for a deal to the Clippers to happen. Garnett is owed $12.43 million next year and has $6 million of his $12 million guaranteed in 2014-15.
The Celtics also have until June 30th to decide on the fate of forward Paul Pierce, whose contract is only guaranteed for $5 million on his final $15.33 million.
It’s believed if the Celtics trade Garnett and part ways with Doc Rivers that Pierce will be bought out, which would make him an unrestricted free agent in July.
This is an evolving situation, so it could easily fall apart. However, both sides have been talking for the better part of two weeks so there is substance to the rumors.
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