Basketball Trade Rumors and Notes for June 23rd

1. Chris Paul open to trade from Hornets

2. Wizards pursuing other picks in NBA draft

3. Knicks eye move for Nevada guard

4. Phil Jackson’s daughter: "I think he’s done now"

5. Raptors juggling all kinds of balls as draft imminent and trade talks go on

6. Lakers interested in Raja Bell

7. Douglas-Roberts to the Bucks?

8. Grizzlies weighing deal to move up; trade of picks with T’wolves considered

9. Suns actively searching for new GM

10. Time for Bosh to go
1. Chris Paul open to trade from Hornets

Espn is reporting "With trade speculation swirling around him, Chris Paul said Wednesday that he’s open to a trade if the New Orleans Hornets aren’t committed to winning championships.

"My first choice is to be in New Orleans,” Paul said in a telephone interview from London. "I just want to make sure we’re committed to winning. If we’re not committed to winning and trying to get better so we can contend with the Lakers, the Celtics and all these other top teams, then I’m open to being traded.”

Reports that clubs have been making offers for Paul surfaced earlier this week. Hornets general manager Jeff Bower denied that the club was shopping its three-time All-Star point guard, but admitted to having dialogue with other teams concerning "all of our players.” New Hornets coach Monty Williams said he expects Paul to remain in New Orleans."

To read more..

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5317801

2. Wizards pursuing other picks in NBA draft

The Washington post is reporting "Taking the electrifying and flashy John Wall, the consensus top choice for the No. 1 pick, will be the easy part of Thursday’s NBA draft for the Washington Wizards, who are far from content with also possessing just the 30th and the 35th selections. Owner Ted Leonsis has made it known that he wants to build through the draft and team President Ernie Grunfeld is working the phones aggressively to acquire another first-round pick, preferably between the late lottery and early 20s in the draft.

"It’s always hard to put a percentage on those things," Grunfeld said of the chances that the Wizards can land another pick, "but I know we’re having as many conversations as any team in the league about trying to move up and acquire another pick, but a lot of teams are trying to do the same thing."

Washington is among several teams with multiple first-round draft picks. Minnesota and Memphis have three picks, and Oklahoma City and New Jersey have two. Miami and Atlanta could also be looking to move their lone first-rounders to create cap space for the 2010 free agency class. Grunfeld wouldn’t confirm or deny that he’s been in touch with any of those teams. But the Wizards have competition, with teams like Cleveland and Dallas — which don’t have first-round selections — also looking to move in.

The Wizards brought in about 25 players to work out for their lower draft picks. Although they were unable to schedule workouts for many of the players expected to go between 12th and 26th on Thursday, Grunfeld said that part of the evaluation process wasn’t necessary to make a selection. Both Nick Young and JaVale McGee were selected without having a prior workout for the Wizards. "

To read more..

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/22/AR2010062204793.html


3. Knicks eye move for Nevada guard

The Ny post is reporting "The Knicks are looking at trading up for University of Nevada point guard Armon Johnson in a move that could eat up precious cap space but give them a much-needed floor general, a source debriefed on team discussions told The Post.

For months, team president Donnie Walsh has considered trading up late into the first round for a player the Knicks really like, one they project as a rotation player next season.

The issue wasn’t the roughly $2 million it will cost to buy a first-rounder, but eating up the $1 million salary from their precious $34 million cap space.

With $34 million to play with, enough for two maximum contracts plus change, the Knicks feel if the skill player or a floor-leading point guard were available, they would try to make the move.

The Knicks have two second-round picks — the 38th and 39th selections overall — and would be willing to trade one of those picks, plus $2 million, to move up. They feel Johnson would make their rotation on a point guard-lite roster."

To read more..

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/knicks_eye_move_for_nevada_guard_QbliLH6jUFcZEWS5jgoRYN

4. Phil Jackson’s daughter: "I think he’s done now"

The Orange County Register is reporting "Phil Jackson, 64, expects to make his decision in the coming days on coaching the Lakers next season.

His daughter Chelsea, who come NBA Finals time traditionally dons her No. 18 Lakers jersey not in honor of Sasha Vujacic but because Phil used to wear No. 18 as a player, had a strong prediction in Sports Illustrated: "I think this is it. I think he’s done now.""

To read more..

http://lakers.ocregister.com/2010/06/22/phil-jacksons-daughter-i-think-he%E2%80%99s-done-now/38923/

5. Raptors juggling all kinds of balls as draft imminent and trade talks go on

The Toronto Star is reporting It is impossible to get a clear picture of what the Raptors will eventually do to clear up a muddled roster and draft situation in the next couple of weeks because there are so many balls tumbling around the hopper.

But it has become at least a bit clear that they’ve narrowed down a list of possible draft picks to a workable number.

Not only did they have Kansas centre Cole Aldrich back in for a second workout Tuesday, they brought back Texas guard Avery Bradley just to have dinner with the coaching and front office staffs as well as to have his sore ankle checked out by the team’s medical staff."

To read more..

http://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/nba/raptors/bryancolangelo/article/827177–raptors-juggling-all-kinds-of-balls-as-draft-imminent-and-trade-talks-go-on

6. Lakers interested in Raja Bell

Espn is reporting "The Lakers are interested in signing free agent forward Raja Bell, according to a team source.

Bell, who played only six games in 2009-10 before undergoing season-ending surgery on his left wrist in December, is coveted for his defense and his ability to connect on corner 3-point shots that could fortify the Lakers inconsistent bench, according to the source.

The 10-year veteran, who turns 34 in September, averaged 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 45 games with Charlotte in 2008-09, his last healthy stint before being traded to the Golden State Warriors in a deal for Stephen Jackson in November."

To read more..

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5317351

7. Douglas-Roberts to the Bucks?

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting "There
are various reports out there that the Bucks are on the verge of acquiring Chris Douglas-Roberts from the Nets. In fact, Douglas-Roberts hinted to just that as well.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! has been posting updates on his Twitter feed of the potential deal. At first Wojnarowski said it would be for the No. 44 overall pick, then the No. 44 or No. 47 pick, but his last update (as I write this) says "Teams working on a future draft consideration."

ESPN.com’s Chad Ford also says the Bucks and Nets are in "serious negotiations" concerning Douglas-Roberts."

To read more..

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/96951754.html

8. Grizzlies weighing deal to move up; trade of picks with T’wolves considered

The Memphis Commercial Appeal is reporting "The Grizzlies have discussed trading their late first-round draft picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an attempt to move up in Thursday’s NBA draft.

A potential deal that would have the Griz exchanging their picks at 25 and 28 for the Timberwolves’ 16th selection has not been agreed upon but is one of several possibilities being seriously considered.

ESPN.com first reported the proposed trade. A person with knowledge of the talks said Minnesota presented Memphis with the deal. However, the Grizzlies remained hesitant Tuesday night, preferring to wait until the draft begins before committing to such a transaction.

Memphis brass wants to gauge which players might be available before agreeing to move up to 16. The Griz also own the 12th pick.

Griz general manager Chris Wallace had no comment when reached Tuesday afternoon.

During a pre-draft workout early in the day at FedExForum, Wallace said the Griz are very active in trade talks and weighing several scenarios.

"Talking about and doing are two different things," Wallace said. "Every team in the league is talking about moving up, moving down, moving out … all of that stuff is swirling around right now."

It’s not likely that the Griz will draft three times."

to read more..

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/jun/23/grizzlies-weighing-deal-to-move-up/

9. Suns actively searching for new GM

Espn is reporting "The Phoenix Suns have been granted permission to talk to San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey about being their next GM on the condition they wait until after Thursday’s draft, league sources said Tuesday.

While Lindsey appears to be at the top of the Suns’ list, he is not the only candidate in which owner Robert Sarver is interested.

Sources said Sarver also hopes to talk to Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge, former New Jersey Nets assistant GM Kiki Vandeweghe and former Portland Trail Blazers assistant GM Tom Penn. Sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that Sarver also has interest in Sacramento Kings assistant general manager Jason Levien."

To read more..

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5317031

10. Time for Bosh to go

The Toronto Sun is reporting "The biggest unknown in Raptorland remains a mystery, a domino that has the potential to alter the course of the franchise for years to follow.

It was inevitable as it was unavoidable the moment Chris Bosh decided not to accept an extension or the time when the Raptors could have moved the face of the franchise but resisted.

As GM Bryan Colangelo made himself available to the local media for the last time until he emerges sometime during Thursday night’s NBA draft, he admitted that there’s no clarity to the Bosh situation, that he’s just as uncertain about Bosh’s future as he has ever been and that virtually anything is possible in the coming days and weeks, perhaps even months.

The Raptors knew this day was coming and were preparing, pouring over scenarios that included Bosh on their roster and scenarios that precluded CB4.

Bosh holds all the cards, capable of leaving Toronto on his own without the help of the franchise or aiding the club in a sign and trade that will fetch the Raptors something.

The last time Bosh spoke was during a radio interview he granted with an ESPN station based in L.A. last week.

He’s scheduled to appear on a radio/TV simulcast Thursday morning on the network, at which time he’s expected to repeat what he has been saying all along in the prelude to July 1, which is to say that he’s keeping all options open and that he’s yet to decide on his future."

To read more..

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/basketball/2010/06/22/14482796.html

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