Protection on the pick per the Denver Post:
2009 - Lottery protected (think that's 14?)
2010 - Top twelve
2011 - Top ten
2012 - Top eight
2013 - Top three
I've been scared off of Randolph at #9. Maybe worth a shot at #20 if he's there, but not at #9.
That the Bobcats added a pick in the early 20s was not a surprise. The Observer previously reported talks between the Bobcats and New Jersey Nets concerning the 21st pick. The NBA source with knowledge of those talks said the Bobcats were potentially targeting Hibbert – a 7-foot-2 college senior – as their guy.
Ideally, the Bobcats would address their needs tonight by adding a big man and a point guard. They retain the ninth overall pick, although general manager Rod Higgins said Wednesday he’s exploring ways to move up in the draft order.
Sending Nos. 9 and 20 to a top-eight team could be one way for the Bobcats to move up.
Higgins didn’t say which top-eight teams he’s approached, but several NBA sources identified the Memphis Grizzlies – with the No. 5 overall pick – as the team most willing to deal down.
Those same sources say the Grizzlies are looking to discard the contract of forward Brian Cardinal, who has underachieved since signing as a free agent. Cardinal is owed $6.3 million next season and $6.75 million the following season. That would be a huge price, both in real dollars and salary-cap space, to move up four spots in the draft.
There are ways to balance off some of that burden. For instance, the Bobcats could include injured forward Sean May, owed $2.66 million next season, to reduce the net effect on Charlotte’s payroll.
Trading first-round picks has become a common practice in the Bobcats’ short history. They moved from fourth to second their first season to acquire center-forward Emeka Okafor and last season sent the rights to No. 8 pick Brandan Wright to Golden State for veteran Jason Richardson.
SOMEONE will pay for THIS!
Something to think about...number 2 here we come
Heat not sold on Beasley
Jun 25, 2008 10:58 PM EST
Are the Miami Heat looking to trade away from the second overall pick because they are not sold on Michael Beasley, a consensus top two selection?
According to Chad Ford from ESPN.com, Miami president Pat Riley seems to be uncomfortable with Beasley's personality and seems dead set on finding a point guard to pair in the backcourt with Dwyane Wade.
Riley conducted two private workouts on Tuesday - one with Jerryd Bayless from Arizona, and the other with O.J. Mayo, which has received rave reviews of late.
In conjunction with the workouts, the Heat have been actively shopping the second pick in the draft with an eye on selecting Mayo or Bayless lower while acquiring another asset.
Even if no trade is made, Mayo says that he has been told by Riley that he is definitely a possibility to be selected with the second overall pick.
If the Cats trade for 5, I hope its 9 and something for 5 and Cardinal, not 9 and 20 for 5 but if Love can be had at 5 then I guess its o.k. considering at 9 "we" could be left with Augustine or Randolf. I wouldnt move to 5 to get Westbrook. Him, Gordon, or Bayless should drop to 9 if someone jumps on Lopez.
Maybe its a 2 part move. Trade 9 and 20 for 5, then 5, Ammo, and May for 2 or 3. Or it could be 5 and Ammo for 3 if Beasley drops to the Wolves.