The Wolves just keep popping up in these blurbs about moving up in tonight’s draft, presumably to nab Victor Oladipo.
This time there are, well, the same names. The Charlotte Bobcats don’t like their options, it seems, and could be looking for depth. But the competition would seem to be OKC and Utah. The particulars are interesting, as the Jazz need playmakers and C.J. McCollum would fit the bill. The Thunder are just pathetic, though. Just despicable. Gross… from Chad Ford…
The teams working hardest to move up higher in the lottery are the Jazz, the Wolves and the Thunder. The Jazz appear to be targeting Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum. They are offering picks 14 and 21, but they might have to give up Alec Burks if the really want to get high enough to get C.J.
The Wolves are also trying to get up very high in an attempt to land Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore. Their trade bait, as we’ve previously reported, is picks 9, 26 and Derrick Williams.
The Thunder are on the hunt for a big man (they like Nerlens Noel and Alex Len) but they don’t have as much to offer. The assets that they’re willing to move — Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, possibly Reggie Jackson — don’t have enormous trade value. Their own pick next year won’t be great and the Mavs’ pick they own is top-20 protected next year.
The Bobcats and Kings look like the two teams most willing to move down.