2012 NBA Draft Buzz 6.28.12: Celtics trying to get into the lottery?
News and rumors about the 2012 NBA Draft, updating constantly.
With the 2012 NBA Draft starting at 8 p.m. (be sure to check out our NBA Draft Show Live where we'll have breaking news on all the trades and analysis of the entire first round), today is the big day. Dreams are realized, lives are changed, terrible decisions are made minute by minute by general managers, and new stars enter the league.
To keep you updated with all the latest news and rumors on trades and who's going where, follow along with today's Buzz:
5:15 PM ET
- According to SI.com, the Celtic push for the lottery is driven by Boston trying to land Doc Rivers' son, Austin.
- Draft Express reports the Wolves are shopping Derrick Williams for a high pick. Williams was the No. 2 pick in last season's draft.
1:20 PM ET
- The Pistons are said to be leaning towards John Henson at No. 11. Though according to ESPN.com, would likely take Andre Drummond if he fell to them.
12:20 PM ET
- The Celtics are desperately trying to get into the lottery using the No. 21 and 22 picks, according to Yahoo! Sports.
- Yahoo! Sports reports that both the Thunder and Heat have interest in Kostas Papanikolaou from Greece. He's a 6-8 shooting guard. OKC also is said to be looking at Doron Lamb.
- The Celtics aren't said to be looking at Andrew Nicholson at 21 or 22 now, but the Rockets and Nuggets have interest.
- Jared Sullinger's agent, David Falk, on his red flag: "I'm a big investor in bonds, because I don't like to take big risks," Falk said. "I'm not like these NBA general managers who risk their career on drafting guys with potential. I like to buy bonds. Jared Sullinger is a Triple-A bond. He's a can't-miss, solid guy, a great rebounder, great shooter, a very intelligent guy, a coach's son. He may not be able to jump as high as some other guys, but the last time I looked, jumping is not a major prerequisite for playing power forward in the NBA."
- According to ESPN.com, the Cavs are looking for a wing at No. 4: "According to sources, the Cavs have narrowed their list down to three players: Florida's Bradley Beal, Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and North Carolina's Harrison Barnes."
- According to NBC Sports, the Bulls are drafting Tyshawn Taylor 29th.
10:30 AM ET
- NBA.com reports that the Kings rebuffed an offer from Houston of Kyle Lowry and the No. 16 pick for the fifth pick and Chuck Hayes. That's quite a statement from Houston and Lowry was a borderline All-Star last year.
9:30 AM ET
- There's been a lot of talk about the Kings taking Damian Lillard, apparently in pursuit of drafting every point guard ever. But the Sacramento Bee reports that idea is falling out of favor.
- Yahoo reports that Dion Waiters has risen all the way up and could be taken by the Cavaliers at No. 4. That's a crazy jump for him, after having been projected in early teens for much of the year until a late surge. It could very well be a negotiating tactic by Cleveland to try and reapply pressure on Charlotte in an attempt to cement a deal for the No. 2 spot, making it clear that the Cavaliers don't want or need Bradley Beal that badly. But if it's legit, that's a major jump. The Cavaliers took what many thought was a reach last year with Tristan Thompson in the first round.
- ESPN reports a medical red flag with Perry Jones III's knee could result in a drop down the draft board.
- David Aldridge of TNT and NBATV reports that the Bobcats have five different offers on the table for the No. 2 pick. It's good to have options.
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