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Draft Buzz: Celtics pursue No. 2 pick (UPDATE)

Posted on: June 25, 2009 4:16 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2009 7:21 pm

It's three hours and counting until the Clippers are on the clock, so here's another dose of buzz and other tidbits. A caveat: This late in the game is when some of the most scurrilous subterfuge is pawned off -- not only on reporters, but on the executives and other high-level people who provide information to reporters. It gets harder and harder to see through all the smoke, but here's the latest of what my sources are hearing:

* All has been quiet in Memphis, but it appears the Grizzlies remain open to trading the No. 2 pick. At least one Eastern Conference team that believes Tyreke Evans is the best of the point-guard crop is knocking on the door. This presents quite a conundrum for Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace, who knows that the franchise can't afford to have Evans -- a U of Memphis product -- to leave the city and go on to a star-studded NBA career.

UPDATE: Two people familiar with the situation told that one of the teams inquiring about the No. 2 pick is the Celtics, who currently have no first-round picks. The notion was first floated Thursday in the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. Boston's target, the two people said, would be Evans, described by one of the sources as "a Danny Ainge type of player." The question, as mentioned above, is whether Memphis would be willing to risk Evans leaving the city where he played college ball and finding glory and championships in Boston. More developments coming on this one.

* While Oklahoma City has been the favorite to land Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio, not so fast, says one rival exec who believes Thunder GM Sam Presti is hoping Hasheem Thabeet is available with the third pick. If he is, that would present a raging debate for the Sacramento front office among Rubio, James Harden, and Evans (if he's still available) with the No. 4 pick.

* The latest on Minnesota, which holds the fifth and sixth picks, is that the Timberwolves might keep those picks and take two guards -- one of them being Stephen Curry, which would apparently be a shot to the Knicks' collective solar plexus. Or not. (See below.) The Wolves, according to one source, are considering Curry along with one of the truer point guards (Rubio or Jonny Flynn, for example) because they believe Curry would thrive in a combo role with his shooting and scoring gifts.

* Depending on what Golden State does -- another point guard to join the two mediocre ones they just acquired from the Hawks? -- the Knicks wouldn't be in as much of a quandary as most people thought if Curry were off the board by the time they picked eighth. One rival exec insists that the player they really like is Jordan Hill, who would be the rugged power-forward they've lacked for years. Most of the buzz surrounding the Knicks has centered on Curry, with some observers still believing they like Rubio more than they've let on.

UPDATE: The Knicks also like Gerald Henderson for his ball-moving skills, perhaps as a fallback option if they can't get Curry or Hill. A person familiar with Hill's situation said he would go to the Warriors at No. 7

* The Knicks reportedly have acquired the Lakers' 29th overall pick in exchange for cash and a future second-rounder.


Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2009 7:00 pm

Draft Buzz: Celtics inquire about No. 2 pick

I agree. On paper this would arguably be the best starting 5 in the league. However, Vince Carter is rather a ballhog. Not to say he doesn't pass the ball, but he can hold on to it for a while dribbling around. Well, the main reason the Magic were so good against the Cavs was their great ball movement in finding open 3 point shooters. I think Carter would definitely disrupt their ball movement. This could still work, but Orlando would have to completely change their offense.

Since: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2009 6:32 pm

Draft Buzz: Celtics inquire about No. 2 pick

It remains to be seen how Vince Carter will mesh with that team. His history is not exactly one of being a good team player. I will admit this makes the team better most likely, but lets see what happens when he doesnt get a lot of touches. I would like to see the response from NJ fans on how well they think he would mesh in Orlando.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2009 5:46 pm

Draft Buzz: Celtics inquire about No. 2 pick

Yup streetcarp it's fresh off the press. ESPN just reported it. Magic are getting Vince Carter

PG- Jameer Nelson

SG- Vince Carter

SF- Hedo Turkoglu (If he comes back which he definitely should now)

PF- Rashard Lewis

C- Dwight Howard

Tell me that is not the best line-up in basketball. Looks like a Nuggets-Magic finals next year.


Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2009 5:16 pm

Draft Buzz: Celtics inquire about No. 2 pick

Rotoworld is saying Vince Carter got traded to the Magic for Alston, Lee, and Battie

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