More than three hours remaining before the start of the NBA Draft and the Seattle SuperSonics have reportedly agreed to a trade that will see them swap draft picks with the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN’s Ric Bucher is reporting.
Under the reported trade, the Sonics will send the No. 4 overall pick to the Clippers and receive L.A.’s No. 7 pick. Ford reports the Sonics are likely to take Stanford center Brook Lopez at No. 7 or Arizona guard Jerryd Bayless. The Clippers are expected to take Indiana guard Eric Gordon at No. 4.
There was no mention of what else the Sonics would get from the Clippers for allowing them to move up. A future first-round pick, the Clippers’ second-round pick (35th overall) or cash are likely options. The Clippers seemingly don’t have much talent on their current roster that the Sonics would be interested in. Al Thornton would be the most likely candidate, but the Clippers drafted him 14th overall in the 2007 draft and he doesn’t fit a need for Seattle with incumbent young forwards Kevin Durant and Jeff Green.