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Draft Watch No. 10 - Amid Rumors, New Mocks Posted

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Rumors are engulfing everyone’s Draft Board as teams above or near the luxury tax threshold are trying to dump big salaries and teams below the cap are looking for picks to take them on.

According to scattered reports, the Cavaliers may be willing to trade the eighth pick for cap relief, the Nuggets the 14th. The Hawks with three first rounders would like to get rid of their big contracts, too. And the Nets are making and taking calls, in multiple conversations, we are told. Expect the rumor mill to heat up Wednesday and then explode on Thursday. And some of the rumors will actually turn out to be true!

Meanwhile, the authors of mock drafts across the internet are acting as if the Draft order won’t change and projecting away. Here’s their latest on the Nets three picks. If you had to pin one name to the Nets, based on how frequently it showed up in mocks, it would be Hamidou Diallo, the Kentucky shooting guard. He’s been associated with the Nets for two years now. Four of the latest mocks, in fact, have the Queens native in the 29th or 40th slot.

ESPN

29. Chandler Hutchison, 6’7” SG, Boise State, Senior

40. Hamidou Diallo, 6’6” SG, Kentucky, Freshman

45. Omari Spellman, 6’9” PF, Villanova, freshman

The Ringer

29. Donte DiVincenzo, 6’6” SG, Villanova, Sophomore

40. Hamidou Diallo, 6’5” SG, Kentucky, Freshman

45. Jarred Vanderbilt, 6’9” PF, Kentucky, freshman

NBADraft.net

29. Elie Okobo, 6’4” France, 20 years old

40. Dzazan Musa, 6’9” SF, Cedevita (Croatia), 19 years old

45. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, 6’8” SG, Kansas, Senior

Sports Illustrated

29. Dzazan Musa, 6’9” SF, Cedevita (Croatia), 19 years old

40. Khyri Thomas, 6’3”, Creighton, Junior

45. Rodions Kurucs, 6’9” PF, F.C. Barcelona, 20 years old

The Athletic

29. Jalen Brunson, 6’3” PG, Villanova, Junior

40. Hamidou Diallo, 6’6” SG, Kentucky, Freshman

45. Jarred Vanderbilt, 6’9” PF, Kentucky, freshman

Tankathon

29. Anfernee Simons, 6’3” SG, IMG Academy, high school senior

40. Omari Spellman, 6’9” PF, Villanova, freshman

45. Devonte’ Graham, 6’2” PG, Kansas, Junior

Bleacher Report

29. Jacob Evans, 6’6” SG, Cincinnati, Junior

40. Rodions Kurucs, 6’9” PF, F.C. Barcelona, 20 years old

45. Rawle Alkins, 6’5” SG, Arizona, Sophomore

Basketball Insiders

29. Elie Okobo, 6’4” France, 20 years old

40. Omari Spellman, 6’9” Villanova, freshman

45. Malik Newman, 6’3” PG/SG, Kansas, Sophomore

Sporting News

29. Hamidou Diallo, 6’6” SG, Kentucky, Freshman

40. Dzazan Musa, 6’9” SF, Cedevita (Croatia), 19 years old

CBS Sports

29. Keita Bates-Diop, 6’7” SF/PF, Ohio State, Senior

New York Post

29. Hamidou Diallo, 6’5” SG, Kentucky, Freshman

Washington Post

29. Josh Okogie, 6’4” SG, Georgia Tech, Sophomore

A number of these mocks will be updated on Wednesday and the ESPN mock is certain to be updated up until the selections begin at 7:30 p.m. Woj and Jonathan Givony would have it no other way.