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We’ll see some major NBA draft trades at the annual event in Brooklyn in late June.
Multiple senior players are likely to be moved as the rebuilding team looks to go with the youngsters. On the other hand, there are plenty of highly competitive teams that don’t need inexperienced talent but want a proven entity.
With that as context, let’s take a look at five NBA draft trades we could see in two rounds later this month.
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Sacramento Kings find mature talent with fourth pick
Sacramento found itself lucky in the draft lottery, skipping other teams to get into the top five. After last reaching the playoffs in 2006, the team now appears to be trying to get into win-win mode. Leaving the No. 4 pick to find another star next to De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis seems a possibility.
- Kings get: Jarrett Allen, 14th overall
- Cavaliers get: Harrison Barnes, No. 4
The move would still give Sacramento a draft pick in the late lottery. It also adds another All-Star to Allen’s frontcourt. Still only 24 years old last season, he averaged a career-high 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds while shooting 68 percent from the field.
In turn, Cleveland has found more balance on its roster. Stud teenager Evan Mobley took over as the team’s face in the low post. The Cavaliers were then able to add another high post player, joining Darius Garland at No. 4.
In this case, Purdue’s Jaden Ivey is an absolute steal. Imagine the core team of Garland, Ivey, and Mobley. Combined with an expiring Harrison Barnes contract, it would give general manager Kobe Altman more assets to work with.
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Portland Trail Blazers use NBA draft to find mature talent
Damian Lillard displayed the same frustration as all Trail Blazers fans in the NBA draft lottery when they hoped for a top-four pick and the seventh overall pick in the draft. After a disastrous season in which Dame has only missed 29 games, general manager Joe Cronin has a lot of work to do this summer to build around Lillard.
It starts with the 2022 NBA draft. Can Portland get an immediate performer to work with Lillard and young wing Anfernee Simmons? We doubt it. Instead, the Blazers must find an immediate impact player in the frontcourt if they want to regain relevance.
With the seventh pick and some young assets and draft money, the Blazers might be able to do just that. Perhaps, the Detroit Pistons are willing to part ways with underrated forward Jerami Grant — a player the Blazers are said to be interested in.
- Blazers get: Jerami Grant, 2 second-round picks
- Pistons get: Eric Bledsoe, No. 7
Portland would technically drop about 39 spots in the 2022 NBA Draft (adding the 46th pick) while getting rid of Bledsoe’s partially non-guaranteed contract and securing a future second-round pick for Grant . As a 3-and-D wing who can score 20 straight points, he’s absolutely perfect. The Blazers aren’t going to get anything close to that at seven. That’s why NBA draft trades have been the name of the game in recent years.
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Charlotte Hornets flip lottery pick for mature big man
Charlotte had two first-round picks (the 13th and 15th picks) to enter the NBA draft. The team has a clear need in the post, and veteran Mason Plumlee is just a stopgap. After losing the game, it’s time for the organization to address this need.
There’s never been a better time to get two top-15 players in a class that lacks traditional center talent. Charlotte also has contracts to go the other way to keep the finances going. That includes Kelly Oubre Jr. and, to a lesser extent, Gordon Hayward.
Entering the equation, a team like the Houston Rockets is rebuilding and may be looking to move veteran center Christian Wood. This seems like a match made in heaven.
- Hornets get: Christian Wood
- Rockets get: Kelly Oubre Jr., 13th overall
Wood, 26, is averaging 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the field since the start of the 2020-21 season. He also shot an astounding 38 percent from long range during that time. The young big man would be an ideal partner for Charlotte’s trio of LaMelo Ball, Miles Bridges and Terry Rozier — assembling a season-long team in the process. playoff team.
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New Orleans Pelicans’ NBA Draft trade for star point guard makes headlines
With the No. 8 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, there’s a good chance former Pelicans director David Griffin will turn him into a veteran. Griffin has been active ahead of the Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline, acquiring star guard CJ McCollum. That helped the team earn a surprise appearance in the playoffs.
The point guard is now New Orleans’ primary need after Devonte Graham struggled a season ago. With a Big Three of McCollum, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, the point guard is the only missing piece.
Enter a young star point guard in Dejounte Murray for the San Antonio Spurs. He would be a great fit for the Pelicans. The 25-year-old averaged 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 9.2 assists last season.
- Pelicans get: Dejounte Murray
- Spurs get: Jaxson Hayes, Kiera Lewis, Devonte Graham, No. 8
While that would be a huge bonus, New Orleans is in win-win mode. Adding Murray to the mix makes this team a top four in the Western Conference.
As for San Antonio, it brought in two young recent first-round picks and the eighth overall pick in the draft. That would give the Spurs four first-round picks in the upcoming NBA draft as the team looks to speed up its rebuild. In this situation, general manager RC Buford will have plenty of opportunities.
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Golden State Warriors Reluctant to Trade Andrew Wiggins
Regardless of what happens in the 2022 NBA Finals, there’s a good chance the Golden State Warriors will have to leave Wiggins. Despite his great all-around performance, it’s all about finances. The Warriors continue to pay a record luxury tax, have a young man in Jordan Poole, and they must extend and boast a 19-year-old forward, Jonathan Cuminga, whose potential is untapped.
Instead of looking for another star, the Golden State Warriors used Wiggins’ newfound value to find a combination of veteran role players and draft assets. This is the team’s motto. In other words, strive for the short-term and build the long-term.
- Warriors get: Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, No. 10
- Wizards get: Andrew Wiggins
In that case, Klay Thompson would take the 3-pointer, with Poole in the starting lineup next to Stephen Curry in the backcourt. The Warriors then added the No. 10 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft while moving deeper into rotation with Kuzma and KCP. With the above options, they can go up. Someone like Kentucky guard Shaedon Sharpe or Memphis center Jalen Duren would make sense.
From Washington’s perspective, it’s fairly simple. As the team tries to appease impending free agent Bradley Beal, they need to do something big. Adding Wiggins to the mix with Bill and Kristaps Porzingis would be a huge initial start.
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