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Sonics might get K-State's Beasley by pick or trade

By Darnell Mayberry Published: June 26, 2008
e Clippers have a star in power forward Elton Brand, who Riley covets and would give Miami a low-post threat to complement Dwyane Wade's perimeter skills.

Anything can happen tonight, and Presti admitted he expects a lot of player movement and shuffling.

"I think there will be a lot of activity, because the draft itself is pretty dynamic, especially in the very front of the draft,” Presti said. "I think there will be a lot of teams that see players fall to them that maybe they didn't think would fall, because it's kind of an eye-of-the-beholder draft with the first 13 picks or so. I think there will be a lot of intrigue with what's happening in the front and how it will affect the latter half of the lottery.”

Wolves vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale told Minneapolis-area reporters last week he has received several offers for the third pick but added then he had not yet heard an offer he would pull the trigger on.

"I think if we do anything, I think it would be (draft) night,” McHale said. "It depends on what happens in front of us, too. There are a lot of strange things happening in this draft.

"It's like anybody out there who has bought a house. They usually don't come out with their highest offer right away, they kind of wait for the deadline.”

ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said he wouldn't be shocked if the Sonics and Heat pulled off a deal that sends Beasley to Seattle. But he added he doesn't put credence into the early reports because the "rumor-to-fact ratio (historically) has been 10-1.”

"The reason I say that is not to discount how much fun it is to talk about rumors and to kick things around,” Bilas said. "But what's the rumor going to change? Is it going to change the behaviors of any teams? I don't know. I don't think so with regard to this one. But we'll see.”

Bilas pegged Lopez as the safest pick for the Sonics at No. 4. He said he also considers Bayless and Love safe picks as well.

Presti declined comment on the widespread speculation that the Sonics and Heat are negotiating a deal for Beasley. But like many front-office executives, Presti gave a glowing report on Beasley.

"A tremendous talent,” Presti said. "Michael's a guy where production is a word that probably comes to mind with a lot of people when they talk about him. He has the ability to shoot the ball and rebound the ball and has great hands. He's going to be a very valued piece to any team that he goes to.”

NBA Draft
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NBA Draft: Second round
31. Minnesota (from Miami through Boston)

32. Seattle

33. Portland (from Memphis)

34. Minnesota (may be conveyed to Detroit)

35. LA Clippers

36. Portland (from New York)

37. Milwaukee

38. Charlotte

39. Chicago

40. New Jersey

41. Indiana

42. Sacramento (from Atlanta)

43. Sacramento

44. Utah (from Philadelphia)

45. San Antonio (from Toronto)

46. Seattle (from Portland through Boston)

47. Washington

48. Phoenix (from Cleveland)

49. Golden State

50. Seattle (from Denver)

51. Dallas

52. Miami (from Orlando)

53. Utah

54. Houston

55. Portland (from Phoenix through Indiana)

56. Seattle (from New Orleans through Houston)

57. San Antonio

58. L.A. Lakers

59. Detroit

60. Boston


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