NBA Draft 2013: Rumor Rundown

 

Jan 30, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles center Kiel Turpin (11) battles for a rebound against Maryland Terrapins center Alex Len (25) during the second half of the game at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a rundown of some of the latest rumors surrounding the draft.

Another Team After Len

According Adrain Wojanarowski, the Cavaliers aren’t the only team after Len.

“One of the primary targets of Oklahoma City’s pursuit of a Top 5 pick on Thursday, sources tell Y! Sports: Maryland 7-footer Alex Len,” tweeted Wojanrowski.

Len, who many expect to the top overall pick in Thursday night’s draft, is shooting up the draft boards.

As a sophomore, Len averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

The Thunder have been shopping both of their first round picks (12 and 29) and veteran center Kendrick Perkins in attempt to get into the top five.

Cleveland Looking For A Second Lottery Pick?

The Cleveland Cavaliers, who hold the top selection Thursday, have been very active in trade talks. There have been rumors of the Cavs sending their second pick – the 19th overall selection – to the Houston Rockets in exchange for big man Thomas Robinson.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs are interested in moving back up into the lottery and are “pushing to acquire Dallas’ 13th overall pick, with a focus on drafting Russia’s Sergey Karasev”

The Cavs believe the Milwaukee Bucks, who hold the 15th pick, covet Karasev.

Karasev is a Russian-born swingman, who measured in at 6’7 and 197 lbs.

Magic Not Dealing For Bledsoe Now, Have Several Deals On The Table

Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan held his predraft media availability Wednesday afternoon.

During the session, Hennigan said he hadn’t communicated with the Clippers in “three weeks” and would be “stunned” if a trade involving Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe and Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo happened Thursday night.

Hennigan didn’t rule out the possibility of a trade, telling reporters at least “a half dozen teams” have called the Magic with legitimate trade offers and the team is “still considering 3-4 of those offers.”

The Magic have been rumored to be interested in trading down and according to Adrian Wojnarowksi, have “been doing a great deal of work on players in late lottery-mid 1st round range, weighing possible deals out of No. 2 spot.”

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Topics: Alex Len, Eric Bledsoe, NBA Draft 2013, Sergey Karasev

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  • Jason Klenetsky

    So many rumors so little movement. What gives? Im hearing a lot of nothing. I’ll read about it when it actually occurs…. The rumors have gotten way out of hand.

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