In lieu of the usual links post you fine folks see here on a daily basis, we’re going to try to keep track of all the usual crazy rumors you see on draft day. The 2017 NBA Draft has had a crazier lead-in than others—seriously, has there been a more ridiculous pre-draft offseason?—but we’re going to do our best to make sure you have access to all the latest scuttlebutt.
Failing that, consider this your place to talk about the newest news developments that aren’t Sixers specific. Happy draft day, everyone.
Seriously dude, what are you doing?
Here are Phil's full comments regarding the Porzingis trade rumors. Doesn't sound too good. pic.twitter.com/aEVIlT0vtB— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) June 22, 2017
You have one player with future star potential, who also happens to be the only reason you haven’t been run out of town yet. Have you lost your goddamn mind? How do you go on TV and say this the day before the draft?
Anyway, it looks like there are a lot of suitors for Porzingis, to no one’s surprise.
Generally speaking they asked for a the top-5 pick and a young player on a star track. https://t.co/wbh5xqKk5d— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 22, 2017
Knicks have also spoken w/ OKC on KP https://t.co/wbh5xqKk5d— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 22, 2017
Oklahoma City has exactly zero chance to put together a good enough trade package, but I am super here for the Porzingis & Russell Westbrook tag team, even if the culture shock going from New York City to Oklahoma City might kill Zinger’s spirit.
Danny Green is available
I think the Sixers probably shouldn’t give up anything of value to get Green—he’s effectively on a one-year contract since he has a player option—but he would fit like a glove on this current Sixers team. You could run out a Fultz-Green-Covington-Simmons-Embiid starting five with Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarot, Richaun Holmes, and Nik Stauskas giving you a really interesting 10-man rotation off the bat.
Alas, he’s more likely to go to a team ready to contend now/willing to give up more to get him.
So you’re telling me Ball isn’t in the mix?
We basically already knew this, but as one of the few Ball agnostics around here, I feel a little vindicated. (Important note: This is probably as much Ball’s camp as it is the Sixers, so feel free to ignore my gloating)
Lots of Rockets are available
Free Agency Scuttle: Houston is making Ryan Anderson/Lou Williams/Patrick Beverley available via trade to create summer spending flexibility— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 21, 2017
Link to the latest happenings and ambitious free-agent plans being hatched by the Houston Rockets --> https://t.co/MasOegIW9E— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 21, 2017
I’m not exactly sure why the Rockets would be interested in Chris Paul. I’m perhaps the biggest CP3 mark you will ever meet, but his impact on a team that already has James Harden would be minimal relative to other upgrades they can make, since both backcourt players need the ball in their hands to maximize effectiveness.
In a timeline where the Sixers didn’t trade up for Fultz, I’d be all about trying to get Pat Beverley to Philly, but I’m not sure it makes much sense at this point.
Goodbye, cap space
Teams have been informed the NBA expects the salary cap to go down from latest projections, per league source. $99 million the new number.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) June 22, 2017
But hey, anytime you’re a team in a glamour market who can dump interesting prospects to chase a LeBron James & Paul George pipe dream, you have to do it.
Miscellaneous Draft Day Reads
Gonzo is not just a friend of the blog—peep the LB shout out—he’s pretty damn good at this writing thing.
Teams tend to find ways to make things work with players who can dribble, pass and shoot. For now, Fultz is a perfect fit for a Philly roster that needs ballhandling and shooting, and just as important, a perfect fit for the directions the NBA game is headed.
Philadelphia’s starts with “Sam’s Town,” and that’s all you really need to know.
Okay, you can’t read a podcast, but it’ll kill some time between now and the draft.
Nothing out of the ordinary here for the moment, but keep an eye on this throughout the day. Things get crazy on draft day.
The Knicks are a tire fire, but you knew that
To restate the obvious, players and agents increasingly look at the Knicks as a destination of absolute last resort.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 22, 2017
The Knicks love Duke SG Luke Kennard & have strongly considered taking him at No. 8— Adam Stanco (@NaismithLives) June 22, 2017
Sources: So far, Knicks and Suns are without traction on a Kristaps Porzingis trade. Knicks will not get Devin Booker as part of any deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 22, 2017
This does not seem very Spurs like
Hey okay, this makes sense! Aldridge is a weird player in today’s game, and they could probably make better use of that money. So who do they want to use it on?
Question is, who would Spurs target in FA if they can clear space? CP3? Or Derrick Rose? They have strong interest in both.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 22, 2017
I’m going to have to go ahead and disagree on those two people being equally important targets.
Hearing from a pretty reliable source that Sacramento showing big interest in Andre Drummond. We'll see if anything happens with it.— Matt Dery (@DerySpeaks) June 22, 2017
Let’s get weird, Vlade.
Keep an eye on this for later. There are definite rumblings of an attempt to move back into the first round.
Whose man is this?
Phil Jackson, everybody! Except wait, maybe this one isn’t legit...
Sources: Several teams engaging with NY on Kristaps Porzingis - including Boston - are unwilling to meet Knicks demands for deal. So far.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 22, 2017
Hearing from several sources that nothing close to imminent between Knicks, Suns on potential Porzingis deal. Things can obviously change.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 22, 2017
Whatever man, let me laugh at Phil Jackson some more.
The yearly Ricky Rubio rumor
Once again, Ricky Rubio is an active name in Minnesota's trade discussions, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 22, 2017
The year is 2034. Ricky Rubio is still on the verge of being traded from Minnesota.
Danny Ainge is elite at trying
The Celtics remain in trade pursuit of Kristaps Porzingis, league sources say, trying to assemble a package to meet the Knicks' demands.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 22, 2017
Nobody floats out better trade rumors than Ainge. But wait, there’s more!
Sources: BOS offered NYK its No. 3 pick, a player & an additional lottery pick that they think they can acquire tonight in a trade for KP.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 22, 2017
Not exactly sure how Boston expects to get another lottery pick, but do your thing playboy.
Multiple NBA sources who received Harry Giles' medical info told ESPN that it was more favorable than they had anticipated. Two torn ACL's. — Jeff Goodman, ESPN
There are only a few Giles believes left on this website, but I’m very cool with rolling the dice on him if he lasts until the late first.
I too am in pursuit of Paul George
The Houston Rockets, according to league sources, remain in trade pursuit of Indiana's Paul George ...— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 22, 2017
Harden and George would be excellent, but I don’t see how this gets done.
Woj on @TheVertical broadcast: Bulls “seriously engaged” with Timberwolves on Jimmy Butler talks. LaVine, Dunn, picks involved.— Sean Highkin (@highkin) June 22, 2017
Thibs wants his guy, so Thibs is going to go get his guy.