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More draft rumors, three top 18 picks?

by Michael Baldwin Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm •  Published: June 24, 2009

       One theory floating around is Minnesota, loaded with four first-round picks, might be more apt to trade with Oklahoma City for the No. 3 pick than to trade with Memphis to move up to No. 2.

       It makes sense, especially since most believe the Grizzlies won’t take Ricky Rubio for a couple of reasons, one being Rubio doesn’t want to play there.

     Minnesota could give the Thunder the No. 5 and No. 18 picks in exchange for OKC’s No. 3. Both teams might still get what they want.

      If the Grizzlies select Hasheem Thabeet at No. 2, the Timberwolves could select Ricky Rubio at No. 3. Sacrammento might take Tyereke Evans which would allow Sam Presti to take either James Harden or Stephen Curry, two players Presti reportedly likes and obatin an additional draft pick.

      Who knows how it will turn out? After trading Mike Miller and Randy Foye, Minnesota needs perimeter players but there was a report they would love Thabeet to fill out their front line. It could be a smoke screen to force Memphis to take Thabeet. It may be legit.

       There also is a report the Thunder likes Rubio and plans to sign him and keep him, not trade him. Seems a little far-fetched but maybe Presti feels Rubio is a special player and will worry about shooting guard and center later in this draft, free agency or next season. Again, it could be a smoke screen or legit.

         Combined with the rumor that OKC might be trying to obtain Phoenix’s No. 14 pick in exchange for the Suns unprotected pick for 2010 to try and get B.J. Mullens, there’s no telling what spots the Thunder drafts.

         OKC currently has the No. 3 and 25 picks but conceivably could end up with No. 5, No. 14 and No. 18.
Rumors will only heat up all day Wednesday and throughout the day on Thursday.  By the end of the day everything could change.

      –MB


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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