The Bobcats are telling teams they'll make a decision sometime today on what to do with the No. 8 pick. As we discussed on Monday, they have been shopping this pick hard for the past several weeks and collected five to six legitimate offers for the pick.
Andy Katz reported last night that the Suns were one of the teams in the mix to get No. 8. That explains why they had Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer and Jeff Green in on Tuesday. And why they'll get Brandan Wright and Al Thornton in today.
However, a source says the Suns are not the front-runners to get the pick. Several other teams are offering better deals for No. 8, including the Sixers (offering No. 12 and No. 21), Warriors (offering Monta Ellis and No. 18,, Grizzlies (???) and one mystery team that the source refused to disclose.
This would SUCK! This tells me that they WOULD be targeting Yi if he was there. Monte for Yi would BLOW!
The Knicks are trying to move up higher in the first round -- presumably to get their hands on Boston College's Sean Williams. According to sources, they've spoken with the Warriors about a deal that would net them the No. 18 pick if they'd be willing to take back Adonal Foyle's ridiculous contract. The Knicks could put a package together that included Jared Jeffries and Mardy Collins.
This is VERY interesting. Obviously the big thing here is financial flexibility by getting rid of Foyle's contract. Jeffries is intriguing because he is a VERY good defensive player but it does not address our need for interior rebounding and defense. Not sure I would do this though. I would rather just take Williams ourself and then use Foyle as a barganing chip next year when he is an expirer. I dont know much about Collins at all.
Ellis Almost Traded
Jun 27 - The Warriors seriously considered giving up second-year guard Monta Ellis in order to move up in Thursday's NBA draft, the Contra Costa Times has learned. But the Warriors never pulled the trigger.
According to a league source, the Warriors had a deal on the table that would send Ellis to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the No. 11 overall pick. The move-up in the draft presumably would have been a first step toward getting one of the most promising players in the draft, Chinese forward Yi Jianlian. -- Contra Costa Times
Trading Ellis to move up 7 spots in the draft????? Man, I am just praying all this Yi talk does not pan out.