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NBA Draft rumors: Utah might have interest in Taylor Griffin

Oklahoman Modified: June 23, 2009 at 4:49 am •  Published: June 23, 2009
Utah might have interest in the other Griffin
→The Jazz might have interest in drafting Oklahoma forward Taylor Griffin in the second round. Griffin already has been "drafted” by the Harlem Globetrotters. Either way, Blake Griffin’s older brother should have a good job next season.

→Chicago is trying to move up in the draft by packaging two first-round picks (No. 16 and No. 26). New Jersey (No. 11) is a strong possibility, but the Bulls are talking to several teams. The Nets like Tyler Hansbrough and might still get the former North Carolina star without a lottery pick.

→Minnesota is trying to trade up, but there are conflicting reports on whether it targets Hasheem Thabeet or Ricky Rubio if it moves up to No. 2. The odds-on favorite is Thabeet.

DeJuan Blair’s agent made sure two MRIs were seen by NBA general managers over the weekend to ease concerns about the power forward’s knees. Blair is supposed to have tears in both knees — but reportedly doesn’t have an ACL in either knee, a condition he played with at Pitt.

→Since most players have shown disdain for landing in Memphis, it’s uncertain what the Grizzlies will do. Memphis could trade the No. 2 pick. If the Grizzlies keep the pick, most believe they’ll select Thabeet.

→Most general managers expect the Wizards to trade the No. 5 pick. But to which team? Washington reportedly wants a veteran in return. The names most frequently thrown around are the Knicks, Rockets and Pacers. Minnesota also might try to gain an additional lottery pick for trade discussions.

→Milwaukee has a big point guard workout scheduled with Jonny Flynn, Ty Lawson, Jeff Teague and Brandon Jennings.

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