Random Thought #036: Teams Most Likely to Trade on Draft Day

22 Jun

By Chris McCoy

I’m no rocket scientist, but I can put two and two together.

When a team doesn’t workout any or many players prior to the draft, they’re highly likely to trade picks, players and cash… or draft a Euro. If you’re wondering who your team has worked out prior to this year’s draft, >>this<< would be a great place to start.

Often those lack of workouts, coupled with trade rumors floating around the league can give you a great idea of who may be looking to make some moves this summer. For instance, Orlando HASN’T WORKED OUT ANYONE. Yeah that right, not a soul. It’s clear that Orlando’s GM Otis Smith needs to make some moves this offseason to keep Dwight Howard happy, so their lack of desire to fill out roster spots right now isn’t surprising at all.

A couple other teams to look out for making trades this draft are the Clippers, Hornets, Hawks, and Mavs.

The Clippers have been involved in trade rumors for Iguodala, and have a vital need for a starting small foward. They only worked out FIVE players before the draft. Are they looking to trade for a small forward come draft day?

The Hornets have also been involved in some trade rumors, and apparently squashed a Westbrook for CP3 proposal. They need to make some type of moves to keep Paul there though. While the team did make the playoffs this year, they definitely surprised us all after their 12-3 start that led to a playoff birth. Paul’s $17.78M salary for the 2012-13 season is a player option, so in reality he could become a free agent after this year. I doubt the Hornets trade Paul during this year’s draft, but having also worked out no one prior to the draft, don’t be surprised if they make another move or two, to position themselves as championship contenders instead of also rans.

Will they or won’t they trade Josh Smith seems to be the question in Atlanta these days. Working out only twelve players before the draft makes me believe they either saw a few prospects they fell in love with, or they’re looking to make a move… and soon.

Yes I know the Mavs just won the championship, which is why they’re more likely trade the pick. Mavericks’ owner, Mark Cuban, has already publicly committed to resigning everybody. If they do that they’ll have no roster spots, and in a weak draft, why not trade the picks for more picks next year. #itmakesalotofsense. They’ve only worked out eleven players, so them trading their picks seems highly likely.

BONUS: We’ve heard a lot about San Antonio trading Parker and or George Hill… I don’t think they trade them for draft picks in a weak draft though.

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