With the 2011 NBA Draft only hours away, things are starting to heat up, as the Nuggets have reportedly increased its desire to trade Felton for a top 10 pick.
Source: Blazers still “looking at Andre and Felton as key parts” of a trade that would also try to move Portland up in the draft.
Nuggets & Blazers have had dialogue about a Raymond Felton-Andre Miller swamp, but source says “nothing hot.” Keep an eye on Felton tonight.
The Nuggets and Blazers have had discussions about Denver trading point guard Raymond Felton and the 22nd pick for Andre Miller and the No. 21 pick. The talks appear to be dormant for now, with Portland balking at including other assets in the deal.
My initial reaction to the Portland rumors: This move to me says one, and one thing only: We want Faried. For months Faried has been slated to go to the Blazers at 21 and there’s no reason to believe he would have made it past that pick since the Blazers have been very vocal in their desire to land him. Of course, this is all banking on the fact that he’s still there at 21, but with how many players have been moving up and down the boards lately, it seems likely. Think about it, why in the world would we swap point guards — both of whom only have one year left on their contracts — with a division rival to move up only one spot? It just makes too much sense. Stay tuned, as more updates should be on the way.
The Denver Nuggets are shopping Raymond Felton. It sounds like they’re trying to package Felton with #22 to move into the top ten.
Ray Felton to Sac for No. 7 a possibility….
In the ever-changing world of the digital media, rumors spread like wildfire. Though we at Roundball love to keep you as updated as we possibly can, Jeremy and I both have jobs (at the moment at least) and so it’s hard to break this news as soon as it becomes public. So please, if anybody hears, or reads, anything concerning the Draft and specifically how it relates to the Nuggets and Raymond Felton, post links in the comments section so that everybody can see them.
From the sounds of it, this is starting to get real. Even yesterday after I posted the Lakers, Kings showing California love? piece I almost had “bloggers remorse” (the Internet’s version of buyers remorse, and yes I totally just made that up), knowing that these types of “rumors” hardly ever come to fruition. But from the sounds of it, this might very well not be one of those instances as we’re starting to hear more lively chatter from credible reporters.
I’ll just say this: If we can manage to move into the top 10, I’d be shocked. As noted in the Lakers, Kings showing California love? post, anybody who trades for Felton must be extremely confident in their abilities to re-sign him, as there’s only one year left on his contract and after that he can sign wherever he wants. Though I absolutely love the aggression that our new management team is showing, I can’t help but think that if the Kings give up its No. 7 pick for Felton, this becomes more of a “What were they thinking?” than an incredibly shrewd move on our part (though it’s still impressive). But again, I can’t overstate enough how refreshing it is to finally (A) have a pick in the Draft, and (B) use the Draft to our advantage. For years it seemed, the Nuggets gave away first-round draft picks like candy to ephemerally patch-up what was only on the scratched on the surface without taking into account long term priorities. So this… this is nice. In Masai We Trust, until proven otherwise.
Next, if you get some free time here soon, be sure and check me out on ESPN’s 5-on-5 series where I dish out some of my opinions on the players in this year’s draft.
Finally, our last Big Board. Most of the guys here you’ve seen before, but if you need to refresh your memory be sure and check out our Big Board 2.0, as well as our Prospecting piece, which looks at some of the best point guards slated to be available at 22. We should obviously still be rooting for management to slide into the top 10, but in case they don’t, this should serve as a solid blueprint for who to pick at our current slot…
1. Kenneth Faried: You already know what it is.
2. Jeremy Tyler: Faried will likely be gone, so this guy should be our pick.
3. Iman Shumpert: Continues to amaze at workouts, gotta love the defense.
4. Charles Jenkins: Love this kid. I think he’s as solid of a choice as any.
5. Josh Selby: His “tweener” status worries me, but this might be the steal of the Draft when it’s all said and done.
6. Tobias Harris: Perfect replacement for Chandler, plus I love the upside.
7. Marshon Brooks: Drops a bit in our final mock because he likely won’t be available, and I trust Afflalo going forward.
8. Nikola Vucevic: Another fall on the Big Board, only because I am finally putting potential before size.
9. Jimmy Butler: If you haven’t already, make sure and read Chad Ford’s story on this kid. Shane Battier 2.0′s (as I like to call him) dedication should equal success in the NBA.
10. Reggie Jackson: His injury and “promise” from another team worries me, but other than that, this kid’s got it all.