Basketball Wiretap

Thunder Offer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, No. 6 To Pistons For No. 1

Jul 27, 2021 8:10 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have offered Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the No. 6 pick to the Detroit Pistons for the No. 1 overall pick in hopes of selecting Cade Cunningham, sources tell Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.

The offer represents a change in thinking for the Thunder on Gilgeous-Alexander as each of the teams with the top-4 picks in 2020 were quickly rebuffed when inquiring on him last year. Gilgeous-Alexander is eligible for an extension this summer worth up to $168 million over five years. 

"It's going to take a f--king lot to get him, but he's no longer impossible to get," said one team executive. 

The Pistons have consistently sent a message to teams calling on No. 1 that they will require a first in this year's draft, future draft assets an an established young star.

Oklahoma City is expected to continue seeking ways to move up with the Toronto Raptors at No. 4 a possibility. 

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Tags: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Grizzlies Interested In Moving Up From No. 10

Jul 26, 2021 5:18 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies are interested in moving up in the draft again after going from No. 17 to No. 10 as part of the Jonas Valanciunas trade.

The Grizzlies could have interest in Jonathan Kuminga or James Bouknight as the target moving up.

The Grizzlies currently have three first round picks in 2022 in their own selection as well as protected picks from the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers. 

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Tags: James Bouknight, Jonathan Kuminga, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Pistons Not Fully Committed To Cade Cunningham, Still Considering Jalen Green, Evan Mobley

Jul 26, 2021 3:29 PM

The Detroit Pistons continue to internally discuss what direction to go in with the first overall pick, sources tell ESPN.

The Pistons aren't "fully there yet" on picking Cunningham first. The Pistons are also discussing Jalen Green and Evan Mobley.

By most accounts, Cunningham is the player at the top of most draft boards but it is not a universally shared opinion around the league.

The Pistons have also received trade offers for the selection. 

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Tags: Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, Jalen Green, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Thunder Attempt To Trade Up In Draft

Jul 25, 2021 3:20 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been active in trade conversations on moving up in the draft with Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley rumored to be the prospects they're most interested in selecting.

The Thunder own picks No. 6, 16 and 18 in the first round this year in addition to more future draft picks than any other team in the NBA. Oklahoma City theoretically has enough assets to move up but the question is whether they will find the cost too exorbitant. 

If the Thunder stay at No. 6, they are connected to James Boutknight. Oklahoma City had interest in Bouknight dating back to last year's draft when he decided to remain at UConn. 

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Rockets 'Stonewalled' By Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs With Jalen Green Now Considered 'Lock' At No. 2

Jul 25, 2021 2:42 PM

The Houston Rockets have been stonewalled in their attempts to bring in Evan Mobley and Jalen Suggs for private workouts leading to the draft despite owning the second overall pick.

While Jalen Green has a strong desire to be picked first overall by the Detroit Pistons, he reportedly would be happy to go second. Most NBA teams consider Green to the Rockets "as being close to a lock."

The Rockets have cast a wide net in their predraft process in an attempt to capture as much player data for possible future transactions as possible, which has been met with a mixed reaction across the league. Rafael Stone is beginning his second offseason running the Houston front office.

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Tags: Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

'Extremely Surprising' If Pistons Don't Select Cade Cunningham At No. 1

Jul 25, 2021 2:37 PM

Cade Cunningham visited the Detroit Pistons on Monday and Tuesday last week and remains the favorite to be picked No. 1. Cunningham attended a Tigers' baseball game on Monday and had a light shooting workout on Tuesday.

"Cunningham's standing in Detroit has strengthened throughout the pre-draft process to the point that it would be extremely surprising if the Pistons did anything but pick him No. 1," writes Jonathan Givony. "Ownership and the front office are on the same page."

The Pistons have been unable to schedule Evan Mobley for a workout even though he's a favorite of general manager of Troy Weaver. 

The Pistons have received interest from teams in trading for the pick.

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Tags: Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Raptors Make Pascal Siakam Available In Trade Talks

Jul 24, 2021 1:44 PM

The Toronto Raptors have made Pascal Siakam available in trade talks, sources tell Bleacher Report.

The Raptors have been active in predraft trade talks as they consider trading the No. 4 pick for an All-Star such as Bradley Beal or Damian Lillard, or they could look to unload Siakam for more draft capital for a rebuild.

The Raptors also have a decision to make this offseason when it comes to the free agency of Kyle Lowry.

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Tags: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

76ers Open To Trading Away 28th Overall Pick In Draft

Jul 23, 2021 4:18 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers are open to trading away the 28th pick in the Thursday's draft for either future assets or a veteran player.

The 76ers also own the 50th overall pick.

Daryl Morey was known for trading first-round picks when with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets’ last first-rounder was Sam Dekker (No.18) in the 2015 draft.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Teams Offering High Pick In 2021 Draft As Part Of Package To Blazers For CJ McCollum

Jul 22, 2021 8:59 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have received trade calls from teams interested in CJ McCollum with offers of a pick in the top part of the draft.

The Blazers aren't entertaining those types of offers as they are in a win-now phase around Damian Lillard.

The Blazers don't own a draft pick as they used what became the No. 23 selection as part of the Robert Covington trade.

McCollum signed a three-year, $100 million extension in 2019 and can't become a free agent until 2024. 

Jason Quick/The Athletic

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Only Five Teams Have Retained Their Own Second Round Pick In 2021 NBA Draft

Jul 22, 2021 2:38 PM

Over the past decade, second round picks have become increasingly used in trades with some teams seeking more of them while others have found them expendable.

Only five of the 30 teams have retained their own second-round pick in Thursday’s Draft: Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder own two additional second round picks as well as their own.

The Pistons don't own their second round pick, but they do have three incoming from other teams.

Second round picks are also often traded during the draft, which could drop the number from five even further. 

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Kings Shop No. 9 For Players To Help Them Win Now

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Raptors, Magic Make Trade Offers To Cavaliers For No. 3

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Jalen Johnson Considered Lottery Lock By Multiple Sources

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Jalen Green To Only Work Out For Pistons, Rockets

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Scottie Barnes Works Out For Raptors

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Pistons To Workout Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Jalen Suggs, Possibly Evan Mobley

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NBA Sends Out 20 Invites To Draft Green Room

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Cade Cunningham Meets With Pistons In Detroit

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Roko Prkacin Withdraws From 2021 NBA Draft

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Jared Butler Medically Cleared To Play In NBA

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Magic Like Scottie Barnes At No. 5, Thunder Prefer Barnes Or James Bouknight At No. 6

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Rockets Believed To Prefer Jalen Green Over Evan Mobley At No. 2

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Pistons 'Highly Likely' To Stay At No. 1, Select Cade Cunningham

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NBA To Conduct 2021 Draft In-Person At Barclays Center

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Rockets Aggressively Trying To Trade Up With Pistons To No. 1

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Johnny Juzang Withdraws From Draft, Returns To UCLA

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Ohio's Jason Preston To Remain In Draft

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Keon Johnson Has 'Widest Range Of Opinions From NBA Teams'

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Cavs, Rockets, Pelicans, Thunder Inquire With Pistons On Moving Up To No. 1

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Aaron Wiggins To Remain In Draft, Will Forgo Eligibility At Maryland

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