Celtics-Nets talks dominate early draft news

Celtics-Nets talks dominate early draft news

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 17:11

Not much to report heading into tonight's NBA Draft, other than reports that Boston and Brooklyn might be on the verge of a blockbuster deal that would send both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets.

Brooklyn would also get Jason Terry in the deal and presumably send Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans, Keith Bogans, three first-round picks and maybe Gerald Wallace to the now rebuilding Celtics.

The Bulls are still sitting with the No. 20 pick in the first round and looking at rampant possibilities.

One update: The Oregonian confirmed Tuesday's report in the Daily Herald that all-star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge wants out of Portland. His people have made it clear to the Bulls he'd like to land in Chicago.

Here's the link to the Oregonian story...

http://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/index.ssf/2013/06/blazers_insider_alth...

There has been talk that Houston might trade second-year forward Thomas Robinson for the Bulls' No. 20 pick. The Rockets want to clear cap room to make a run at Dwight Howard. Robinson was the No. 5 pick in last year's draft but didn't do much as a rookie.

The Bulls would presumably send Robinson along in another trade. Would he go to Portland in a package for Aldridge? That's tough to predict, because it all depends on the Blazers' master plan.

With incoming Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins and other projected targets expected to be in next year's draft, this is a good time for the Blazers to take a nosedive with the hope they'll be better in the long run if they can land a top pick in next year's lottery.

Or is Portland content to add another rookie to the Aldridge-Damian Lillard nucleus and hope to get back in the playoffs?

I'd say option No. 1 makes more sense. So maybe the Bulls would offer Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Robinson and the future Charlotte pick to Portland for Aldridge and Nick Batum. That's just an idea. It's tough to tell what's actually being discussed, but the Bulls do not want to trade Joakim Noah for Aldridge.

More news as it arrives....

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