NEW YORK – Since no consensus was reached after the first three competitions, Thursday's NBA draft (19:00 ET for ESPN) contains important questions Potential trades during the first round.
Anthony Davis' trade agreement between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers last weekend has only complemented these questions as the Pelicans have reached number 4 overall and keen interest in trade talks with teams over the pick, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Then, on Wednesday, the Memphis Grizzlies acquired number 23 in this year's draft in a deal that sent point guard Mike Conley to Utah Jazz, and initial reports suggested that pick could be on the move again.
Here's a rundown of some of the biggest things that could shake up the celebrations at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, starting with the fourth pick for auction.
Who wants Darius Garland (or any other interested party) to be in 4th place?
Zion Williamson ranked No. 1 on the Pelicans, Ja Morant ranked # 2 on the Memphis Grizzlies and No. 3 on the New York Knicks for RJ Barrett The Knicks picked Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland for training on Wednesday, though only could be an act of due diligence. Wojnarowski said Wednesday that the Knicks stay locked up in Barrett.
The design really starts seriously when the pelicans are back in 4th place. David Griffin, vice president of New Orleans, has received phone calls from teams looking to move up, with Garland as the primary target for teams hoping to get there.
• Pelicans: 1, 4 (via LAL)
• Grizzlies: 2, 23 (via UTAH)
• Cavaliers: 5, 26 (via HOU)
• Hawks: 8, 10 (via DAL), 17 (via BKN)
• Celtics: 14 (via SAC), 20 (via LAC), 22
• Pistons: 15, 30 (via MIL)
• Spurs: 19 , 29 (via TOR)
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One of the teams with the greatest fortune in this year's draft, The Atlanta Hawks are interested, according to a report by Jonathan Givony of ESPN, two of their picks – No. 8 and No. 10 in total – to exchange for the fourth selection, whereby it was also established that the Knicks shot down the same package for the No. 3 pick.  In addition to Atlanta, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls have voted New Orleans # 4.
As the draft drew nearer, it was widely believed that he was losing talent after Barrett left the board. But Garland has a fascinating plus: he only played five games at Vanderbilt last season before being suspended for the rest of the season due to a MCL injury. He also scored well with shooting ranges such as Damian Lillard and Trae Young of ESPN Design Analyst Mike Schmitz.
If a team like Minnesota, Boston or Chicago – all three need Point Guard help – gets the number 4, Garland seems to be the choice. But that does not mean that Garland is an automatic choice there – especially when the Hawks move up, as they already have a switchman in Young for the future. Virginia's De & # 39; Andre Hunter, Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech and Coby White of UNC also met with such great interest.
Wojnarowski said the pelicans were looking for an established player in exchange for the number 4 and Jrue Holiday indicates that they want to stay competitive. If someone like the star of Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal, really becomes available, it makes sense to use number 4 as the basis for a deal to acquire.
Beal is both a groundbreaking talent and under contract for the next two seasons. Outside of a blockbuster real trade, it is difficult to find a young player with star potential who is under contract and available. Remember that almost half of the league goes into the free hand on June 30th.
2. What if the teams need point guard?
Morant and Garland are likely to be in Phoenix's election from the board. In this case, Coby White (# 8 in ESPN Top 100 Draft Rankings) is the best available primary ball handler. Virginia's Ty Jerome is the next PG in the ESPN ranking, but he is ranked 25th – a serious gap.
It's always risky to draw for hardship rather than taking the best available player – especially when it comes to teams that are rebuilt (they are in the lottery for a reason). However, this does not prevent the teams from doing so or setting out to secure a position of distress for their preferred player.
Will one of these teams make a deal to grab Garland or White? Are you considering a retreat when both have disappeared from the board? This is something to watch out for – not just drafts. For example, if Phoenix bypasses a point guard to grab a winger, is that a sign that he is attacking a Floor General in his free hand?
. 3 What will the Hawks do with all their picks?
Atlanta could be the most interesting team to watch in the Draft Night. The Hawks hold picks # 8, 10, 17, 35 and 41 (Atlantas Picks # 44 was traded on Wednesday at the Miami Heat).
You do not need to include five rookies in your list. After the successful design of General Manager Travis Schlenk a year ago, when the Hawks traded back against Young (# 5) and Kevin Huerter (# 19), Atlanta is confident that it will find more contributors this time.
Maybe you make the right deal to go up for Garland or one of the winger. They could go back to future designs and delay all these young members. There is also the possibility that Atlanta will pick up on its established talent to expand its young core of Young, Huerter and the big man John Collins – although, like New Orleans, it's a challenge to find the right fit there.
Last year, when Atlanta relinquished Luka Doncic to select Young and add a future selection for the first round (now number 10 this year), it was proof that Schlenk had no problems with it to make a transaction against the grain. It also serves as a reminder that the Hawks, regardless of external perception, will take their best steps in the Draft Night.
4. What will the Celtics do with all their tips?
A year ago, the Celtics seemed to be better positioned than any team in the NBA to survive in the long run. Then Boston blazed in five games against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs, Anthony Davis ended up with the Lakers, Kyrie Irving is likely to leave in the free agency and Al Horford will possibly join him.
In short, Boston's future is now incredibly murky. The Celtics hold picks # 14, 20, 22 and 51. When the Celtics arrived this week, they were unlikely to add four rookies to their list next season. But with Irving, Horford, and Marcus Morris, who may not be in the picture, Boston has six returning players aged 25 or younger. They could try to transform themselves into a complete youth movement.
If Boston decides to do so, there are certainly players in the middle of the first round – including Gonzaga striker Brandon Clarke, the center of Oregon, Bol Bol and the Kentucky Guardian Tyler Herro. – Who could help to enlarge the current young core of the team, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart?
Given the story of the president of basketball operations in Boston, Danny Ainge, who was never afraid to make a deal, it was not surprising if the Celtics shake up before nightfall.
. 5 Are competitors moving up or down with roster restrictions?
Making successful decisions in the 1920s or later in the design is usually considered a bonus rather than a necessity. It's hard enough to reliably find lottery talent that can help a team win. Three teams – the Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets – are under pressure to tackle this difficult task on Thursday night.
Get ready for Zion, Morant and more.
Philly needs a better bank, and beating on relatively cheap train picks would be a great way to build that depth. The Sixers immediately received contributions from Landry Shamet No. 26 in 2018 before sending it to the Tobias Harris trade on the February deadline. Now that they are considering spending the luxury tax on keeping the free agents Harris, Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick, they must say goodbye to the night's sleep with one or two potential rotation players for 2019-20.
They hold picks # 24, 33, 34, and 42, which give the Sixers some ways to kick. In one, they could pack some of these selections to find a particular guy they like. In another case, they could use all four and get several bites on the apple to find one or two other players like Shamet.
One thing that makes Philadelphia's decision-making easier: The squad behind the star-studded starters is so thin that there is one you do not have to worry about the position value. The Sixers just have to find people who can jump in and play.
In the meantime, Golden State simply needs body. When Klay Thompson and / or Kevin Durant return, the Warriors are overwhelmed with a team that was already thin last season when both were healthy. After injury in the NBA final, they will likely miss most or all of the next season. Since Shaun Livingston may be eliminated, the warriors must find cost-effective options to complete the rotation. Your selection at No. 28 is now gaining in importance, whether you pick there or make a move.
Then there are the networks hoping to score richly with a pair of maximum contract stars after sending two initial missions. round picks to the Hawks to drop the contracts from Allen Crabbe earlier this month. Such high expenditures require the search for cheap contributors to long-term deals that have made the networks successful in recent years by selecting Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert and Rodions Kurucs in the 1920s and beyond.
The nets hopes to hit gold again this year if they use their picks at numbers 27 and 31, or pack them for more desirable pieces.