More rumors swirl around the draft
ALAN HAHN REPORTS THAT
The best opportunity may come with the Wizards’ pick at No. 5, though it would come at a very steep price. Multiple sources confirmed that the Knicks have discussed a potential blockbuster trade between the teams that would land the fifth overall pick and allow the Knicks to keep their spot at No. 8. The deal likely would have to include one of the team’s most valuable assets, swingman Wilson Chandler, which would be a difficult decision.
This scenario also might include Larry Hughes going back to Washington in exchange for guard Mike James, a Long Island product, and a big man such as Etan Thomas or Brendan Haywood. All of the players involved have expiring contracts.
A week ago, it seemed the Sacramento Kings were a lock to take him with the fourth pick, but Kings GM Geoff Petrie is said to be leaning toward Evans or Syracuse guard Jonny Flynn.
There was a report that Walsh wanted to meet with Rubio this week, but that proved to be inaccurate. Walsh did say there was an interest in sitting down with Rubio at the beginning of the predraft process, but not with three days to go.