In his latest mock draft, published about 8 a.m., Chad Ford writes that the Nets may have made a promise to 6’11” Michigan power forward D.J. Wilson.
The word around the NBA is that the Nets promised Wilson they'd take him. Whether that was at No. 27 (the pick they traded to the Lakers this week) or here is unclear.
Given that they just traded Brook Lopez (and because Timofey Mozgov is ... unreliable), a center like Bradley or Pasecniks makes sense here. However, Wilson could become a stretch-4 who pairs nicely with D'Angelo Russell.
Don't count out (Terrance) Ferguson here, either. The Nets have watched him closely and could use a shooter.
A league source tells NetsDaily that while the Nets like Wilson, there’s been no promise. Even if there were, it could be outdated. WIlson is moving up fast. In the latest Draft Express mock, he’s at No. 19.
It is possible that the Jazz who are also interested in Wilson made a promise. They pick at No. 24. A team essentially tells a player’s agent that if he is available at a certain pick, the team will draft him. The downside is that a team is locked into the promise. Agents take promises very seriously.
Wilson is reportedly close to Caris LeVert who was his teammate in 2015-16 at Ann Arbor.
Ford also suggests Nets interest in Tony Bradley and Anzejs Pasecniks.
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