Despite speculation from a number of sources, including David Aldridge, a league source tells NetsDaily that the Nets are NOT getting out of the first round, where they pick at No. 29 as a result of a pick swap with Atlanta.
"They are not getting out," said the source, who's familiar with the team's thinking.
In fact, there are indications Thursday morning that the Nets are still trying to move up. Jeff Goodman of ESPN tweeted that "Brooklyn continues to be aggressive trying to move up into lottery. Mason Plumlee being actively shopped, sources told ESPN."
In recent days, there have been reports the Nets have offered Plumlee and the 29th pick to lottery teams in hopes of moving up to the late lottery. But there's been no indications that lottery teams are taking the bait.
Stefan Bondy wrote Thursday morning...
The Nets were rejected by Indiana in a bid to land the 11th pick, and there is league-wide skepticism that Plumlee — who was shut out of the playoff rotation for two straight years — is enough to move the Nets dramatically from their current spot at 29th. According to sources, the Nets are particularly high on Kentucky’s Devin Booker and Murray State’s Cameron Payne, who are both probable lottery picks.
Of course, most of the big moves in the Draft don't get done until the commissioner starts calling names and trades get announced. Most mock drafts have the Nets taking a chance on Chris McCullough, the Syracuse PF with the lottery talent but a torn ACL.
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