The 2010 NBA Draft is over and the basketball world is shifting their attention to free agency, which is now less than one week away. The appetizer was great but everyone is patiently waiting for the main entrée.
But before free agency kicks off on July 1, could we see more movement from teams in the form of trades? After last night, fourteen deals had been completed and several others could be consummated in the coming days. Several situations that received a lot of attention heading into draft night could be could be back in the headlines very soon.
The Indiana Pacers were actively shopping the tenth overall pick for a point guard heading into the draft but after talks for Jonny Flynn, Eric Maynor, Darren Collison, George Hill, Ty Lawson, and others broke down, they decided to draft Paul George. But don't be surprised if the team continues talks in the coming days to fill that vacant point guard spot.
Sources say that while the Pacers have inquired about several free agent point guards, the team is first looking at what is available in terms of trades. In the days leading up to the draft, Indiana was willing to package Troy Murphy with the tenth overall pick in an effort to get a deal done so the Pacers are serious about finding their point guard of the future. Don't be surprised if Indiana resumes trade talks with several teams and eventually lands their floor general.
Another team that was involved in many crazy rumors on draft night was the Orlando Magic. While Magic fans were still drooling over a potential Chris Paul trade, it seems a more realistic deal to wrap their head around could be coming. Multiple sources say that the Magic have discussed a deal with the Washington Wizards that would swap Vince Carter for Kirk Hinrich, Randy Foye, and Al Thornton.
The Wizards first inquired about Carter on Wednesday, initiating the brief Arenas for Carter talks. While the deal couldn't be completed until July, it could be consummated in coming days and may involve a third team. But there are other options on the table for Orlando as well. Otis Smith told reporters in Orlando that he has talked with all but three teams (Milwaukee, Chicago, and Phoenix) in recent days and even mentioned that he had a brief discussion with the Toronto Raptors about Hedo Turkoglu. After selecting Daniel Orton with the twenty-ninth pick, Marcin Gortat now seems more expendable than ever.
Nobody is sure what's next for the Magic but everyone is patiently waiting for news. Most of the players are keeping up with the rumors and hearing of the potential trades, according to text messages, and the message boards are blowing up in anticipation of a trade. The ball is in Otis' court and many are expecting him to make a move.
One final scenario that received significant press heading into the draft was that the Detroit Pistons were looking to move up to DeMarcus Cousins. Sources say that Joe Dumars hasn't given up hope and will make one last run to pry Cousins from Sacramento.
Other players who could be moved shortly include Hedo Turkoglu, Al Jefferson, Michael Beasley, Monta Ellis, Rudy Fernandez, and Leandro Barbosa if the right deal comes along.
If you thought the days leading up to the draft were crazy, the rumors and movement in the coming weeks may just exceed that.