The NBA trade deadline is today and there are some last-minute moves being made. However, the NBA Draft is approaching, as well, which could make some NBA teams re-evaluate their decisions. A handful of college players – more freshmen than seniors – have announced their plans to participate in the upcoming draft.
Lowry Looking For New Home
It’s almost certain that Kyle Lowry won’t be with the Toronto Raptors for too much longer. The team hasn’t been able to develop like it expected and, since he is going to be a free agent at the end of this season, he’s destined to move on. It isn’t clear where he might end up, although the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat could be two targets. However, sneaking up from behind are the LA Lakers, who could definitely use his talents. According to some reports, though, the Sixers are winning the battle.
Aaron Gordon already asked to be let go by the Orlando Magic this season, so he might now get his wish. As the team continues to falter, it will want to open up as many possibilities as possible. Letting the power forward go is a win-win for both, and Gordon might be making his way to the Boston Celtics. There had also been talk that the Magic might move away from three others, including Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross and Nikola Vucevic, and Fournier is now off to the Boston Celtics. Vucevic is reportedly headed to the Chicago Bulls.
Victor Oladipo must feel unwanted. He was traded by the Indiana Pacers and sent to the Houston Rockets this season, but could be traded once more. As an upcoming free agent, and with a subpar performance for the Pacers and the Rockets, he might have difficulty finding a new team.
Warriors Willing To Release Oubre
The Golden State Warriors wouldn’t have a problem trading Kelly Oubre, Jr. if the right deal came along. The team has been “aggressively” pursuing a deal, which probably doesn’t leave Oubre feeling very wanted. He is going to be a free agent at the end of the season and will have a lot of possibilities. However, the Warriors will try to maximize his value in a trade before losing him to free agency.
Andre Drummond has become a sought-after player ahead of the trade deadline. The Cleveland Cavaliers have indicated that he might be available for a trade and two teams immediately jumped. The Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets both showed interest, but then another came in, as well. The New York Knicks are reportedly now in the mix as a possible destination, provided a deal can be worked out.
As a result of the potential three-way battle, the Nets are preparing a contingency plan. Should they lose out on Drummond, they had set their sights on one of his teammates, JaVale McGee. However, the Nets had some competition, as the Portland Trail Blazers were also reportedly interested in him, as well. Unfortunately, they both lost and McGee is now going to the Denver Nuggets.
College Players Ready For The Draft
Per NCAA rules, now’s the time for college players to announce whether or not they intend to participate in the NBA Draft. With many of these having exited the season before or during March Madness, it’s time to start thinking about the future. A handful that are still in the championship hunt will look to show off and leave an impression on NBA teams.
So far, five college freshmen have announced their intention of participating in the draft. These include the University of Kentucky Wildcats’ B.J. Boston, Terrence Clarke and Isaiah Jackson, Day’Ron Sharpe of the North Carolina Tar Heels and JT Thor of the Auburn Tigers.
There is also a trio of sophomores looking to make it to the big leagues. Justin Champagnie of the Pittsburgh Panthers, Tre Mann of the Florida Gators and Kai Jones of the Texas Longhorns have thrown their names into the ring. At the junior level, there are also only three so far, including Marcus Carr of the Minnesota Gophers , Ayo Dosunmu of the Illinois Fighting Illini and Sean McNeil of the West Virginia Mountaineers.
As of yesterday, there were only two seniors who had declared themselves eligible for the draft. These are Manny Camper of the Siena Saints and Steffon Mitchell of the Boston College Eagles.