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May 19, 2015 Updates

Hi Chad, who do you see the Pistons taking if they get their expected pick at 8? Chad Ford: I have them taking Hezonja but I think they'll be another team that will seriously look at trading their pick for a veteran who can contribute now -- especially if Hezonja and Willie Cauley-Stein are off the board. Orlando, Sacramento, Detroit, Charlotte and Miami are the teams in the Top 10 most likely to trade their pick if they end up picking where they are projected. ESPN.com

Stan: As the Luckiest franchise T-wolves will be the 4-th ? if yes what's their pick ? Chad Ford: Actually they have a 35% chance of finishing 4th, a 17.8% chance of finishing 3rd, a 21.5% chance of finishing 2nd and a 25% chance of finishing first. So, finishing 4th is the most likely outcome actually. No conspiracy needed! If they go to fourth, I think they take Emmanuel Mudiay and explore trading Ricky Rubio (his camp has been pushing for a trade for a while) or break outside the consensus Top 4 and take Kristaps Porzingis. ESPN.com

Jeremy Johnson: Who would take him for that contract, that injury history, & limited impact? Without us adding something? Darren Wolfson: Recent injury clouds it. I know this: Flip budged on $55M because he knew he could trade the contract if ever need be. Twitter @DWolfsonKSTP

May 18, 2015 Updates

The thinking goes something like this: If OKC is genuinely worried Durant will leave in 2016, they have to look to get something in return for him this year. Blake Griffin is from Oklahoma City. The Clippers keep topping out in the second round and might be willing to shake things up. It's a nice theory. Juicy, too. But neither team has ever seriously discussed it. And Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has made it clear to the entire organization that he wants Griffin to be a part of the franchise for his entire career. ESPN.com

Glen Taylor: L.A. really wanted him. Well, I didn't know if I wanted him in the West. I thought I was getting better players. I thought L.A could not give me the players that Boston did. The Lakers offered a package built around multi-skilled forward Lamar Odom and 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum, a promising second-year player who would eventually become an All-Star. Odom had a history of flaky behavior, however, and Bynum was unproven. Bleacher Report

May 17, 2015 Updates

Two league sources told CSNNE.com Friday that the Boston Celtics are “very open” to moving up in next month’s NBA draft. And while the sources did not indicate which player Boston was targeting, there are growing signs that they have their sights set on trying to draft Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein. CSNNE.com

Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly has been itching to give his team an extreme makeover, and perhaps the easiest night of the year to make a blockbuster trade is draft night. This year's draft is June 25. If Lawson is a member of the Nuggets on June 26, it might be only because Connelly couldn't close a deal that makes sense. So I'm guessing Lawson will beat Tulowitzki out of town. But it also wouldn't surprise me if both stars are gone from Denver before 2015 is history. Denver Post

If the Bulls don't draft a foreign player to stash overseas or if they do re-sign Mike Dunleavy, avoiding the luxury tax will be difficult. This is why improvement from within, specifically from Nikola Mirotic, Doug McDermott and Tony Snell, will prove vital. Taj Gibson's name could be bandied about in trade speculation, as it seemingly always is thanks to his budget-friendly contract and dependable two-way production. But next season's success largely will depend on internal improvement and the considerable talents of Rose and Butler, whether or not coach Tom Thibodeau departs. Chicago Tribune

May 15, 2015 Updates

Trading one of Chicago’s four core frontcourt players for a wing would be the best way to unclutter the roster and open up at least the mini midlevel exception. All four guys deserve major minutes, and a team just doesn’t need four bigs who require that kind of time — especially when none of them can slide into the small-forward spot. Thibodeau tried that with Mirotic, but it’s a waste of his skill set, and he struggles at times to defend wing players — especially when teams put him in the pick-and-roll, as Cleveland did when Mirotic was guarding Iman Shumpert. Gibson is the likeliest trade candidate, though there is some intrigue around the league about Noah on an expiring contract. Executives are curious: Is Noah forever diminished, or can we rehabilitate him? But Noah is so central to Chicago’s culture that the Bulls may be reluctant to move him. He is their soul. Then again, people said that about Luol Deng, and when the Bulls found a killer trade, they didn’t hesitate. Grantland

A Chicago-Boston deal involving Gibson and Avery Bradley would probably at least spark some initial talks. The Celtics need a little more force on defense from someone in their big-man rotation, and they’ll have a glut of perimeter players once James Young earns playing time. But Gibson’s age and Danny Ainge’s well-known love for Bradley — he turned down a first-round pick for Bradley at the trade deadline, per league sources — would likely scuttle any such deal. Grantland

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