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    How is Bird feeling pressure? What has ever given you that feeling??

    Besides, I'm don't feel like Bird is in a position where he's worried about having a job. If he is fired, he'll go somewhere and sip lemonade until he's 100. It would be no sweat off his back.

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    I'll be bummed if it's Blair. To me that means trades are less likely because we won't have to move Jack or TJ or anything. I think Blair could be a good role player/hustle player possibly, and that could make him a fan fav. I don't see him as a starter though. The PFs next year will be better IMO. If they declare of course.

    Unless we can get a pick around 20 to get Maynor. I'd be cool with that.

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    July 1 is FA signing season, so lots of activity goes on after that. No surprise that TJ would be looking forward to that in terms of interesting activity.
    I am aware of that, just though perhaps there could be something read into it. The Pacers don't have to wait to July to trade Ford unless the team is Toronto. Given Ford's apparent state of mind during his tweets I though maybe there were some lines to be read between.
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    How is Bird feeling pressure? What has ever given you that feeling??

    Besides, I'm don't feel like Bird is in a position where he's worried about having a job. If he is fired, he'll go somewhere and sip lemonade until he's 100. It would be no sweat off his back.
    I'm not in the know to know his financial situation, but I think his involvement with pro basketball would be over and for a man who loves the game as much as he does that would be devastating. LB didn't like the consultant role with his beloved Celtics and couldn't stay away after his coaching stint. So yes, I do feel he is under pressure if he wants to stay connected to professional basketball.

    Does Bird still have any money interest in the auto dealerships he did own at one time? He got out of the hotel business a long time ago.
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    The Bird who stood there stoicly after Reggie hit the push off 3 against the Bulls.... pressure?


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    The Bird who stood there stoicly after Reggie hit the push off 3 against the Bulls.... pressure?

    I thought there was something written to the affect he didn't get too excited because of a heart problem?
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    I have to believe he just hates the losing and the mediocrity. That creates its own internal pressure. He probably isn't so much worried about getting fired, as he is about failing (when he never really has in his professional playing or coaching career).

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    Chad Ford's 7.1 is up, if someone would be kind enough to post it

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    I have to believe he just hates the losing and the mediocrity. That creates its own internal pressure. He probably isn't so much worried about getting fired, as he is about failing (when he never really has in his professional playing or coaching career).
    Right. But he should be smart enough to know that picking a guy who isn't going to help him long term isn't the best move. Maybe Blair is that guy, I dunno, but I don't think that Bird is going to pick a guy because he thinks he's the "safe pick" that may let the Pacers sneak into the playoffs instead of a guy who might turn the team into a divisional force in a few years.

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    Here's 7.1:

    PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


    L.A. Clippers


    Blake Griffin

    Position: PF
    Height: 6-10
    Weight: 248 pounds
    Age: 20
    School: Oklahoma
    Confidence level in this forecast: 99.9 percent

    Analysis: With the first pick in the 2009 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Clippers select ... Chinemelu Elonu from Texas A&M! OK ... not even the Clippers would do that. They can't screw this up, right? Griffin is the best player in the draft and for once, the Clippers won't have excuses. He has all the ingredients to become a dominant player in the NBA. If the Clippers don't pick him, they should be banned from the lottery.


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    Memphis


    Hasheem Thabeet

    Position: C
    Height: 7-3
    Weight: 267
    Age: 22
    School: Connecticut Confidence level (if player is available): 75 percent
    Analysis: The Grizzlies continue to work the phones to find a trade, but with every passing hour it looks like they're keeping the pick and selecting ... surprise ... Thabeet.

    We've had Thabeet here since Mock Draft Version 1, when we reported that owner Michael Heisley had a thing for Thabeet. Since then, the Grizzlies have taken a look at everyone but keep coming back to Thabeet.

    Ricky Rubio was in the picture, but doesn't seem to be anymore. Tyreke Evans was even stronger in the mix. So was James Harden and Jordan Hill. But in the end Thabeet makes the most sense in Memphis.


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    Oklahoma City


    Ricky Rubio

    Position: PG
    Height: 6-5
    Weight: 180
    Age: 18
    Country: Spain
    Confidence level (if available): 50 percent

    Analysis: Thunder GM Sam Presti flew to L.A. on Saturday to talk to Rubio. He also got a chance to review Rubio's physical and contract -- two important pieces of the puzzle for whoever drafts him.

    Then, on Sunday, Presti met with Harden and Thabeet in L.A. And just to make things even more confusing, we hear Presti now is hot for Stephen Curry.

    Whom will the Thunder draft? I think this one is going down to the wire. I know Presti is a fan of all four players -- Rubio and Thabeet have the upside, and Harden and Curry are the better fits. If Presti can get a couple of assets in return for the No. 3 pick, he won't be afraid to pull the trigger on a trade, either.

    If the Thunder keep the pick, my brain says Harden is a perfect fit in Oklahoma City next to Russell Westbrook. The scuttle is that Curry is the hot name in the Thunder's draft war room. And a few people think Thabeet's size will win the day. But I have to believe that Rubio, whom we've had here since the night of the lottery, will end up in OKC.


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    Sacramento


    Stephen Curry

    Position: PG
    Height: 6-3
    Weight: 181
    Age: 21
    School: Davidson
    Confidence level (if available): 30 percent

    Analysis: The Kings are all over the place. As of last night there was support for three candidates: Jonny Flynn, Evans and Curry. And there was owner support for Rubio.

    Flynn brings vocal leadership, athleticism and an NBA-ready body to the table. Rubio is less ready for the NBA physically, but he's a purer point guard who understands the game better than anyone else in the draft. Evans isn't a true point, but the Kings love his strength, toughness and size, especially since his second workout. Curry is the wild card -- he's a great shooter who would fit nicely in the backcourt next to Kevin Martin, but he wouldn't give them a defensive presence.

    I think Curry has a slight lead going into Thursday but don't count out Rubio, Evans or Flynn. All three could end up as the pick.


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    Minnesota


    Tyreke Evans

    Position: SG
    Height: 6-5
    Weight: 220
    Age: 19
    School: Memphis
    Confidence level (if available): 70 percent

    Analysis: The Timberwolves now have the No. 5 and No. 6 picks and pretty big holes at the 1 and 2, as well as at center. They worked the phones in an effort to put together a package for Pick 2 or 3, but nothing has come of it as of late last night.

    They are hoping to grab two of these three players: Rubio, Thabeet and Evans. We have two of those players off the board. So Evans goes first, making pick No. 6 pretty problematic, because I don't know whether the Wolves are one of those teams that think Evans is a point or a 2-guard.
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    Minnesota


    Jonny Flynn

    Position: PG
    Height: 6-1
    Weight: 196
    Age: 20
    School: Syracuse Confidence level (if player is available): 50 percent
    Analysis: Assuming for a second the Wolves think that because Evans doesn't pass, he's not a point guard, we'll put Flynn here at No. 6.

    His main competition, if both Rubio and Curry are off the board, is Harden. Harden flew in for a workout Wednesday and I think the Wolves like him a lot. I'm not sure exactly how he fits with Evans, but by the end of the day, I could end up swapping him in for Flynn.


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    Golden State


    Jordan Hill

    Position: PF
    Height: 6-10
    Weight: 232
    Age: 21
    School: Arizona Confidence level (if available): 75 percent
    Analysis: The Warriors have a young player, Monta Ellis, who thinks he's a point guard, and a coach, Don Nelson, who appears to be committed to giving Ellis a shot at running the point.

    With the Warriors moving toward trading for Acie Law that might be enough young point guards.

    I think that puts Hill strongly in play here. He's a mobile big man, which Nellie likes, and he's got a great motor. It wouldn't shock me to see Golden State move Brandon Wright this summer and if they do, Hill fits right in.

    If Hill is gone, James Johnson could be the pick here.




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    New York


    James Harden

    Position: SG
    Height: 6-5
    Weight: 222
    Age: 19
    School: Arizona State
    Confidence level (if available): 80 percent

    Analysis: The Knicks will be disappointed if Curry, Rubio, Hill and Evans are all off the board. But they'll still be relieved to find Harden here. The Knicks believe the draft is seven players deep and Harden is one of those seven.

    If Harden is snatched up by the Thunder or the Timberwolves, they look at Jrue Holiday, Brandon Jennings, DeMar DeRozan and Gerald Henderson. I think they will prioritize point guard, and Holiday has a very slim lead over Jennings.




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    Toronto


    DeMar DeRozan

    Position: SG
    Height: 6-6
    Weight: 211
    Age: 19
    School: USC
    Confidence level (if available): 60 percent

    Analysis: The Raptors have some needs on the wing since Anthony Parker and Shawn Marion are hitting free agency. DeRozan is one of the most gifted players in the draft, and has been on the Raptors' radar screen for a while.

    The past few days, Holiday and Johnson have also made a push for this pick. The Raptors would like a very solid backup for Jose Calderon, and Johnson would give them so much needed toughness at the 3.




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    Milwaukee


    Brandon Jennings

    Position: PG
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 165
    Age: 19
    Country: Italy
    Confidence level (if available): 70 percent

    Analysis: The Bucks have three point guards on their board -- Jonny Flynn, Jrue Holiday and Jennings. Over the last 48 hours, all of the momentum has been going in the direction of Jennings, even if Flynn falls to them.

    I think Jennings' upside and star potential have the Bucks wowed at the moment.


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    New Jersey


    Gerald Henderson

    Position: SG
    Height: 6-5
    Weight: 215
    Age: 21
    School: Duke
    Confidence level (if available): 60 percent

    Analysis: While Rod Thorn has said he needs a moose up front, the problem is there aren't any moose to be had. Luckily, the Nets have needs in the backcourt, too. Vince Carter isn't getting any younger and he could still end up being trade bait at some point in the season.

    Henderson, Terrence Williams and Tyler Hansbrough seem to be the final three guys the Nets are looking at. While I think there's a preference, from a talent perspective, for Williams, I think Henderson's more stable personality seems to be winning him more fans in Jersey.

    Hansbrough is likely to be the choice only if the Nets end up pulling the trigger with Chicago for the No. 16 and No. 26 picks in the draft.


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    Charlotte


    Terrence Williams

    Position: SG
    Height: 6-6
    Weight: 213
    Age: 21
    School: Louisville Confidence level (if available): 55 percent
    Analysis: Last week I said I thought it was close to a sure thing that Henderson would be the pick here. But Williams went in for a workout and blew Charlotte coach Larry Brown away. Williams and Henderson squared off in a second workout Monday, and Williams walked away the winner.

    James Johnson is the other guy who could go here. While Williams seems to be the favorite of Brown, Michael Jordan has emerged as a Johnson fan and could end up trumping Brown. I would love to see those two duke it out. Think Larry will start chanting "Kwame! Kwame!" or maybe "Adam! Adam!"?




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    Indiana


    Jrue Holiday

    Position: PG
    Height: 6-4
    Weight: 199
    Age: 18
    School: UCLA
    Confidence level (if available): 60 percent

    Analysis: The Pacers would feel pretty fortunate if Holiday slipped here. While they've been enamored with Ty Lawson, Eric Maynor and Tyler Hansbrough, the Pacers just can't pass on Holiday if he's still on the board. He's the type of big point guard that would be a perfect complement to T.J. Ford.


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    Phoenix


    Earl Clark

    Position: SF
    Height: 6-10
    Weight: 226
    Age: 21
    School: Louisville
    Confidence level (if available): 60 percent

    Analysis: The Suns could go in a lot of directions, depending on where GM Steve Kerr decides to take the team.

    There's been a lot of talk about Clark, James Johnson and B.J. Mullens here. Tyler Hansbrough has an outside shot as well. Of the three, it sounds like Clark has the most momentum right now, with his versatility being a perfect fit for the Suns' system.

    Or Phoenix could be trading this pick -- a number of teams are trying to get into the lottery, and this could be the bait.




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    Detroit


    Austin Daye

    Position: SF
    Height: 6-11
    Weight: 192
    Age: 20
    School: Gonzaga Confidence level (if available): 75 percent
    Analysis: The Pistons will begin their summer makeover in the draft. They'd love to add a dominant low-post scorer, but in lieu of that, they'll have to settle for choosing between two upside guys: Clark and Daye.

    Clark could be the second coming of Lamar Odom if he's willing to put in the work. The versatile forward can play the 3 and the 4 and is amazing in transition, an excellent rebounder and an emerging shooter. And he has the capability (albeit not always the inclination) to play great defense. But there are a few questions about his background that might hurt him.

    Daye is one of the most skilled players in the draft -- sort of a 6-foot-11 version of Tayshaun Prince. He's super skinny, but he can really shoot the rock. Like Clark, he is inconsistent but has major upside.

    I think Daye has moved into the lead here based on both his upside and his squeaky-clean background.




    PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


    Chicago


    James Johnson

    Position: PF
    Height: 6-8
    Weight: 258
    Age: 22
    School: Wake Forest
    Confidence level (if available): 55 percent

    Analysis: The Bulls have been working the phones this week trying to move up in the draft.

    They've talked to the Nets, Bobcats and Pacers about swapping the 16th and 26th picks to move up a few spots.

    Who are they after? I've heard everything from Johnson to Blair to Hansbrough to Williams to Mullens here. Last night a new name, Omri Casspi, surfaced as a possibility. To be honest, I can't get a terrific handle on which way they are leaning.

    Blair is the most physical. Casspi isn't far behind. Hansbrough is the most NBA-ready. Mullens has the most upside. Johnson is somewhere in between. I'm not sure exactly how Johnson fits in Chicago with Luol Deng on one side and Tyrus Thomas on the other, but there's no question about his upside.




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    Philadelphia


    Eric Maynor

    Position: PG
    Height: 6-3
    Weight: 164
    Age: 21
    School: VCU Confidence level (if available): 70 percent
    Analysis: With Andre Miller hitting free agency this summer, look for the Sixers to address the point guard position. Lou Williams is nice but not really a lead guard.

    Maynor, Lawson and Teague all are in the mix here … as are Williams, Henderson, Wayne Ellington and Sam Young.

    Maynor would give Philly the total package as one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft. Lawson had the best season of any of the point guards and can really play in an up-tempo style. Teague also will get a look here, but he's more of a combo guard, and the Sixers have that in Williams.

    With Lawson off the board, I think Maynor is the pick.




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    Minnesota (from Miami)


    B.J. Mullens

    Position: C
    Height: 7-1
    Weight: 258
    Age: 20
    School: Ohio State
    Confidence level (if available): 50 percent

    Analysis: I'm not sure whether the Wolves will keep this pick, and there are a number of teams that seem to be hot for Mullens that would be willing to trade for it. If the Wolves keep it, Mullens could fill a big hole in the paint in the long term.


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    Atlanta


    Ty Lawson

    Position: PG
    Height: 6-1
    Weight: 199
    Age: 21
    School: North Carolina
    Confidence level (if available): 50 percent

    Analysis: The Hawks are trading Acie Law and Speedy Claxton for Jamal Crawford. I don't think Mike Bibby is a priority anymore, especially at his asking price. So Lawson is a good pick for a veteran team that could use someone to step right in at point guard.

    Jeff Teague, Tyler Hansbrough and Omri Casspi are also real possibilities here.


    PICK TEAM PLAYER VITALS


    Utah


    Tyler Hansbrough

    Position: PF
    Height: 6-10
    Weight: 234
    Age: 23
    School: North Carolina Confidence level (if available): 85 percent
    Analysis: The Jazz and Hansbrough seem like a match made in heaven. If Hansbrough falls this far (he's getting a look at 11, 13, 16 and 19), I don't see them passing on him. With Carlos Boozer heading out the door, they need more toughness in the paint. But if he's off the board, they likely will be deciding among Young and Toney Douglas.

    Young is the type of tough veteran the Jazz love. He is ready to step in and play right now, and would give them minutes at both the 2 and the 3.

    Douglas is the type of combo guard the Jazz currently lack. He shoots, plays defense and could be a credible backup at both positions for Utah.




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    New Orleans


    Sam Young

    Position: SF
    Height: 6-7
    Weight: 223
    Age: 24
    School: Pittsburgh
    Confidence level (if available): 70 percent

    Analysis: Young is one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft.

    He has size and strength and was super productive at Pitt the past two years. Most importantly for New Orleans, he can come in and contribute right away.

    Daye, Darren Collison, Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson and Derrick Brown also are in the mix.


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    Portland


    DeJuan Blair

    Position: PF
    Height: 6-7
    Weight: 277
    Age: 20
    School: Pittsburgh
    Confidence level (if available): 60 percent

    Analysis: Why would the Blazers move up two spots in the draft? The word around the league was the Kings had zeroed in on Omri Casspi with the 23rd pick. Casspi could be a good pick for the Blazers to either keep overseas or bring over this year to provide more toughness in the frontcourt.

    However, I think Kevin Pritchard won't be able to pass on Blair if he's on the board.


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    Sacramento (via Houston)


    Omri Casspi

    Position: SF
    Height: 6-9
    Weight: 211
    Age: 20
    Country: Israel
    Confidence level (if available): 80 percent

    Analysis: The Kings need toughness in the worst way, and Casspi can really deliver on that. He's not the most skilled player in the draft, but few players possess his grit. As an added bonus for Sacramento, they don't have to pay him to come over yet.


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    Dallas
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    Jeff Teague

    Position: PG
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 175
    Age: 20
    School: Wake Forest
    Confidence level (if available): 75 percent

    Analysis: This would be a pretty big slide for Teague, who thought his floor was No. 19. Actually, he could go as high as No. 10, so his range is pretty wide. Dallas would be doing backflips to get him here, and, as it happens, he's got some Devin Harris in his game.


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    Oklahoma City
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    Chase Budinger

    Position: SG
    Height: 6-7
    Weight: 206
    Age: 21
    School: Arizona
    Confidence level (if available): 40 percent

    Analysis: The Thunder would love to get their hands on a legitimate center, but there won't be anyone worth gambling on at this point in the draft. If the team doesn't address its needs at the 2 earlier in the draft, Budinger could be an option. With his shooting ability, he would be a nice complement in the backcourt to Russell Westbrook.


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    Chicago
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    Nick Calathes

    Position: PG
    Height: 6-5
    Weight: 185
    Age: 20
    School: Florida
    Confidence level (if available): 70 percent

    Analysis: The Bulls are still shopping this pick, but if they keep it, look for them to spend it on someone they can keep overseas for at least a year. With Kirk Hinrich likely on the move this summer, Calathes could eventually find a home in Chicago.




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    Memphis
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    DeMarre Carroll

    Position: PF
    Height: 6-8
    Weight: 207
    Age: 22
    School: Missouri
    Confidence level (if available): 80 percent

    Analysis: The Grizzlies lack toughness and energy and Carroll has an abundance of both.


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    Minnesota
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    Jonas Jerebko

    Position: SF
    Height: 6-9
    Weight: 220
    Age: 22
    Country: Sweden Confidence level (if available): 75 percent
    Analysis: It seems doubtful the Wolves would keep three rookies on their roster this season, which gives them an interesting choice of international players. Casspi would be an obvious choice. He is tough and physical and can keep developing overseas. Victor Claver is the other. But word is Jerebko, from Sweden, is the top choice at the moment.


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    New York Knicks
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    Toney Douglas

    Position: SG
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 183
    Age: 23
    School: Florida State Confidence level (if available): 85 percent
    Analysis: Knicks GM Donnie Walsh traded here hoping that a player he was in love with would fall. Put Douglas, whose defense and shooting ability have the Knicks really intrigued, at the top of that list. If Douglas is gone, DaJuan Summers and Derrick Brown will both be targets as well.


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    Cleveland


    Taj Gibson

    Position: PF
    Height: 6-10
    Weight: 214
    Age: 24
    School: USC Confidence level (if available): 40 percent
    Analysis: The Cavs could lose Anderson Varejao this summer. After getting bested by the Magic, the need for them to have some athletic 4s who can guard players on the perimeter is paramount.

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    Chad Ford's 7.1 is up, if someone would be kind enough to post it
    He has us taking Holiday.

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    A Warriors fan (who is a fairly decent source) has said that the Warriors and Nets are talking about a Vince for Maggette trade, with the two teams swapping picks.

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    Please don't let us take Blair!

    Don't do it to me Larry!!!

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    I'll cry if we take Blair.

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    He has us taking Holiday.
    If that happens I hope we trade him for more picks.

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    It's not that he had ACL surgery...Blair doesn't have ACLs! Doesn't that worry anyone?

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    I don't want Blair...

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    It's not that he had ACL surgery...Blair doesn't have ACLs! Doesn't that worry anyone?
    He has been very open with his medical records since the surgeries and no body can find any structural damage or wear and tear.

    Ford mentioned that experts are split on whether or not a bball player needs ACL's.

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    It's not that he had ACL surgery...Blair doesn't have ACLs!
    Well, that simply removes the possibility of him having problems with them. Who needs 'em anyway ??

    Kind of like a spleen.

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    If that happens I hope we trade him for more picks.
    Are you nuts? Take him and run.

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    Pacers: Ford and Foster
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    76er's: Brand

    Can't see any salary combo that would make sense in a trade with Atlanta... b/c Smith's 7.2 mil trade kicker bonus alone would rule it out...

    Picks to be included to be left up to debate...
    I like this. Looks like Andre Miller won't re-sign or the 76ers are looking to re-sign him so maybe they'll accept our offer.

    I also would like to get Jason Smith in the trade as well.

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    Chad Ford: I just updated my mock draft to version 7.1 a few minutes ago. Here are the key changes:

    -- Sources say the Bucks are now leaning strongly toward Brandon Jennings at No. 10. So much for that green-room drama he was facing. Over the past 48 hours the Bucks have really fallen in love with Jennings, and it's possible they would take him even if Jonny Flynn were still on the board.

    -- I pushed Jrue Holiday to No. 13 at Indiana. The Pacers have been eyeing Ty Lawson, but I doubt Larry Bird can pass on the upside of Holiday. Not only is he one of the most talented players in the draft, he also has great size and defensive ability -- two things the Pacers lack in their backcourt.

    -- With Lawson pushed out of Indiana's spot, I have him falling all the way to Atlanta at No. 19. Lawson would get a long look in Philly, but from what I'm hearing they are leaning toward Eric Maynor right now.

    -- And with the Knicks buying the Lakers' pick at 29, I have them taking Florida State's Toney Douglas. GM Donnie Walsh is a big fan of Douglas, who is a great shooter and a terrific defender -- sort of a poor man's Ben Gordon. DaJuan Summers and Derrick Brown are other potential targets for the Knicks there.


    • There are two theories in play that explain why the Thunder might not be taking Ricky Rubio after all.

    The first is the smokescreen theory. It says that the Thunder are very tight-lipped and all of the recent leaks about Rubio are uncharacteristic of a Sam Presti team. They say that the Thunder are leaking Rubio hoping that a team like the Wolves who are hot for him would trade an asset to move up two spots.

    The second theory is the Arn Tellem theory. Tellem is the agent for Russell Westbrook and some believe that he's been exerting major pressure on Presti not to take Rubio. Westrbrook wants to be a point guard and would be unhappy if he was moved to the 2.

    I'm not sure I buy the second one at all. It is a tough position for Presti to be in, but in the end I think Rubio would make Westbrook a better player. As for the first one, that one does scare me a bit.

    • The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to work the phones as we approach the draft. One interesting scenario that's arisen is a Knicks proposal that would send Wilson Chandler and the No. 8 pick to Minnesota for either the No. 5 or No. 6 pick.

    Why would the Knicks do it? They believe this is a seven-player draft and they're stuck at 8. If they get to No. 6 they'll have a shot at Jordan Hill, Stephen Curry or Tyreke Evans there.

    Why would the Wolves do it? If they can't get their hands on Ricky Rubio, most likely they'll select Jonny Flynn with one of their picks. Since the Warriors aren't seriously considering Flynn, they can move down two spots, get their guy and pick up a very nice asset in Chandler.

    • The Grizzlies also are still shopping their pick and one potential trade may persuade them to part with it. A source in Memphis says the Rockets have offered Shane Battier and Aaron Brooks for No. 2. The Grizzlies could send them the dreaded Marko Jaric contract back and save some face in the draft if they did it. Who are the Rockets after? That is the question ...

    • The Raptors have been debating all week between DeMar DeRozan and Jrue Holiday. James Johnson has been a dark horse there lately too, but it sounds like DeRozan has the slight edge.

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    Well, that simply removes the possibility of him having problems with them. Who needs 'em anyway ??

    Kind of like a spleen.
    Do you mean an appendix?

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    Are you nuts? Take him and run.
    What has he shown you that he hasn't shown everyone else besides being 6'3 and athletic.

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    Battier and Brooks can land you the number 2 pick in this draft? What the ****? No way I believe that I don't care how bad they want to drop Jaric. They wanted the 5 and the 6 from Minny.

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