ESPN’s Chad Ford is as connected as anyone on the NBA.
Ford held a chat Wednesday afternoon. Ford said he expects Minnesota to keep the No. 5 and 6 picks and not trade with Oklahoma City. He predicts the Thunder will take Ricky Rubio. He also had some interesting comments on Sam Presti and the Thunder.
“Sam Presti is like Steve Jobs at Apple,” Ford wrote. “He runs a Fort Knox like secret operation there. Of all the teams in the league (the Spurs are also like this) it’s pretty tough to get credible info out of there. Last year EVERYONE had the Thunder drafting Brook Lopez the day before the draft and they drafted Russell Westbrook. This year everyone likes them drafting James Harden. I’m sticking with Rubio. But I’ve got to admit it’s a gut thing, not a sourced thing.”
Concerning swapping picks with Phoenix for next year’s unprotected 2010 pick, Ford wrote: “I heard the Thunder likes B.J. Mullens. But again it’s the Thunder. It’s probably Jonas Jerbko.
(Editor’s note: I think Ford was being sarcastic but who knows since that would be way too high for Jerbko who you probably could get at No. 25).
On the Knicks getting Rubio: “What they can do in July is offer David Lee in a sign-and-trade to the Thunder (if they draft Rubio). That might be enough to convince the Thunder to let him go. “