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More draft rumors, three top 18 picks?

Thomas signs off

More draft rumors, three top 18 picks?

Mike Baldwin Reports that

One theory floating around is Minnesota, loaded with four first-round picks, might be more apt to trade with Oklahoma City for the No. 3 pick than to trade with Memphis to move up to No. 2.

It makes sense, especially since most believe the Grizzlies won’t take Ricky Rubio for a couple of reasons, one being Rubio doesn’t want to play there.

Minnesota could give the Thunder the No. 5 and No. 18 picks in exchange for OKC’s No. 3. Both teams might still get what they want.

If the Grizzlies select Hasheem Thabeet at No. 2, the Timberwolves could select Ricky Rubio at No. 3. Sacramento might take Tyereke Evans which would allow Sam Presti to take either James Harden or Stephen Curry, two players Presti reportedly likes and obtain an additional draft pick.

Who knows how it will turn out? After trading Mike Miller and Randy Foye, Minnesota needs perimeter players but there was a report they would love Thabeet to fill out their front line. It could be a smoke screen to force Memphis to take Thabeet. It may be legit.

There also is a report the Thunder likes Rubio and plans to sign him and keep him, not trade him. Seems a little far-fetched but maybe Presti feels Rubio is a special player and will worry about shooting guard and center later in this draft, free agency or next season. Again, it could be a smoke screen or legit.

Combined with the rumor that OKC might be trying to obtain Phoenix’s No. 14 pick in exchange for the Suns unprotected pick for 2010 to try and get B.J. Mullens, there’s no telling what spots the Thunder drafts.

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Thomas signs off

Mike Jones Reports that

I’ve just been informed by a source close to the situation that the Wizards and Etan Thomas have taken care of the paperwork that was required for them to be able to proceed in completing the trade with Minnesota.

Thomas had to sign an agreement that he wouldn’t exercise his early termination option on July 1 and pursue free agency. He has, and now, the teams can submit everything to the league offices.

The Wizards will send Thomas, the No. 5 pick, Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov to Minnesota, and the Timberwolves send Mike Miller and Randy Foye to Washington.

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