Bobby Marks is suggesting that there could be more than two dozen trades tonight. By 4 p.m., though, there’s only been one transaction. The Sixers paid $2 million to the Pelicans for the 53rd pick.
The biggest rumor involving the Nets? Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report says the Nets are among four teams still trying to move up...
A handful of teams—Houston, New York, Brooklyn, Atlanta—still have desires to trade up, and the Pacers are a prime possible partner at No. 13. But Indiana officials also are being patient waiting to see which players will still be available tonight. https://t.co/CRjK1JM6fW— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) July 29, 2021
At first glance, that seems a bit of a stretch from No. 27. And moments after Fisher tweet, there was word that the Hawks and Pacers are talking about a deal centered around Cam Reddish and the No. 13 pick.
There have been rumors last few days, that started with Fisher, suggesting the Nets wanted to off load DeAndre Jordan’s contract — two years and $19.7 million left, dangling the 27th pick and Landry Shamet. There were also rumors that the Nets were willing to use Shamet to move up. The Nets reportedly are moving on both tracks ... with the possibility that they could merge.
But assuming that the Nets don’t move up and don’t trade the pick, there appears to be a consensus among the draftniks that the Nets are targeting North Carolina’s Ray’Don Sharpe, the 6’11” center. In the last 24 hours, three of the top mock drafts, offered by Sam Vecenie of The Athletic, Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmidt of ESPN and Chad Ford, the former ESPN draft expert, all linked Sharpe to the Nets. In our own survey of 16 mocks, Sharpe was the Nets favorite in four of them. Other names mentioned in the last mock drafts: Tre Mann of Florida, Jaden Springer of Tennessee, Miles McBride of West Virginia, all guards, and J.T. Thor, a big out of Auburn.
Bobby Marks says that he thinks the record for trades at the time of the Draft — 24 — will be exceeded. Most of course will be swaps of picks. His colleague, Givony tweeted that those teams with multiple seconds may have a hard time unloading them. The Nets of course have the Nos. 44, 49 and 59. A lot of the reluctance is due to the financial straits most NBA find themselves after 16 months of reduced revenues due to the pandemic...
Some of the big storylines I'll be monitoring tonight:— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) July 29, 2021
4) It doesn't feel like many teams want 2nd round picks, certainly not multiple 2nds. There are picks in the 30s available. It was probably smart for NO to auction off No. 53 now. The price will likely be lower on the clock.
The Nets, as we’ve noted before, ha a number of options including moving up, signing picks to two-ways or directly to the Long Island Nets or stashing them overseas.
Meanwhile, we hear Woj is on the phone ... pacing.