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Billy King wasn't tipping his hand on Wednesday when talking about the Draft. He said that at this point he's got no plans to move up into the first round but that could change just as it did last June when he made two deals to move up.

"If we wanted to, we can get into the first round," King said. "Now, it's will we? I don't know. I didn't know if we were going to move up to get MarShon [Brooks] the day before the draft [last year]. It just happened. And that's why we focus so hard on getting our rankings on how we'd take guys, not how we think it's going to go. If guys start falling, you sort of have things lined up.

King said basically the decision will be as much about who's available as it is about what they can do to move up.

Still, they have the money to buy a pick. The Nets have budgeted $3 million for the draft. King said the Nets made a conscious decision to hang on to the full amount at this year's trade deadline, knowing it could come into play during the Draft.

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