While we are passing along hot rumors, a new article by Chad Ford reports that Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti told Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal the Thunder would look into trading up to draft him. Who cares? Not gonna happen, right? Well, a little further down the page Beal shares that another playoff team from the Northwest Division made a similar comment.
Beal said Denver, which picks at No. 20, also made a similar statement.
The Nuggets are a very tight lipped organization and I believe the fact that the rumor including the Nuggets, Wilson Chandler and Golden State were talking was a good sign that things had died down and Golden State floated the rumor to try to pump up interest in their draft pick.
Plus there was no clear cut player that made sense for Denver with the seventh pick. Some fans speculated that the ultimate plan was to move up into the top five. Looking at the circumstantial evidence of the Nuggets being tied to story with them trading up and now Beal’s comment that Denver told him they were interested in him, I think it is safe to speculate that the Nuggets are working to get into the top four picks.
With teams like Cleveland and Washington already in the top four hot after Beal, Denver would have to trade up to Charlotte’s second spot to get him. With Charlotte desperate for NBA players and the Nuggets possessing many quality NBA players, they could be a decent match, but only if the Nuggets can offer a pick high enough for the Bobcats to feel like they are not dropping too far.
As we have mentioned many times here, Denver has plenty of pieces to utilize in trades and they have a bold front office willing to be aggressive. I suspect the chances of Denver getting a pick high enough to draft Beal are low. Even so, Denver is certainly looking at improving their team and that is exciting.