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The 2022 NBA draft is just a few days away, which means the rumors are getting hotter and possibly more accurate.
Between what’s happening with the Sacramento Kings pick at number 4, various reports of what the Washington Wizards are planning to do at number 10, a team that wants to enter the lottery, and a player that could drop out of it, it’s time to to sort out the latest association rumors.
The BS meter will help you separate fact from fiction as you get closer to the draft.
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Sharpe is one of the biggest mysteries of the 2022 NBA draft after being the #1 player in his high school class and then missing his only season in Kentucky.
Because of this, his pre-draft training carries a lot more weight than most other prospects, who can use their college film to boost their stocks. While Sharp’s positives and his strong high school play may land him an early call for draft night, he now also has some significant slip potential, as Bleacher Report’s Jake Fisher wrote:
One of the first lottery draw candidates: Shaydon Sharp. After not playing in Kentucky, Sharpe is said to have unimpressed several teams in pre-season practice. His range could start with the No. 8 New Orleans Pelicans, but Sharpe could also be a target for any team that trades Portland for the seventh pick.”
While it was once thought that Sharpe could rise to No. 4 with the Sacramento Kings given his size (6’5″, athleticism and scoring ability, players such as Jayden Ivey, Keegan Murray , Dyson Daniels, AJ Griffin and others may have jumped on the 19 year old by now.
The Portland Trail Blazers may need a more proven 7th overall with Damian Lillard still on the roster, so starting Sharp’s range at 8 makes sense. The San Antonio Spurs, who own three picks in the first round and traded shooting guard Derrick White at the deadline, could also be a touchdown spot for No. 9 Sharpe.
With Ivey looking like a prize-winning draft pick and with so many teams picking in the #4-7 range without needing someone in Sharpe’s position, he could definitely go for the mini-slide.
bs meter: Short. Poor pre-training combined with zero college experience may have taken a toll on Sharpe.
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The Washington Wizards are definitely looking to trade the 10th pick for a veteran point guard to pair alongside Bradley Beal. Unless, of course, they decide to drop the draft and pick Purdue’s Jaden Ivey.
So what is it?
Well, it depends who you ask. According to a Wizards insider Quinton Mayothe team eyeing Ivey:
“Washington’s front office has a very high regard for 6’4 guard Jayden Ivey of Purdue. They spent a significant amount of time discussing possible trade packages to secure the fourth overall pick from Sacramento, Ivey’s proposed draft position, sources told me.”
Ivey and Beal’s backcourt will be devastating offensively from day one, although moving from 10th pick to 4th pick will require some significant talent or future draft picks to be parted. Ivey isn’t necessarily a true point guard either, so Beal will likely continue as the Wizard’s primary playmaker – if he signs a new contract, of course.
Trading for Ivey is tempting, but it doesn’t fit with the strategy that Wizards team president Tommy Sheppard revealed in the report. previous radio interview, saying “I don’t see a rookie playing for us next season. I could be wrong, but I just don’t see it. I think free agency or trading is probably the way to go.”
The idea of passing the tenth spade in exchange for a declarer seems much more likely than trading for a raise. Jonathan Zhivoniwho wrote, “Many speculate that this pick will be available in trade talks in exchange for a proven backcourt player.”
It’s good that the Wizards have done their homework on Ivey in case he falls or the asking price isn’t as high as they originally thought, but it remains much more likely to stay at level 10 or trade the choice for Veteran help.
bs meter: High for a trade to #4 for Jayden Ivey, low for a trade for a proven floor general.
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While the towering trio of Jabari Smith Jr., Chet Holgrem and Paolo Banchero are expected to make it into the top three picks, Purdue star guard Jayden Ivey looks set to follow immediately.
Problem? ESPN reports the Sacramento Kings are fourth overall, and Ivey is reportedly reluctant to do so. Jonathan Zhivoni:
The Kings are not Ivey’s preferred destination, but they have shown a willingness to take players without training or medical information in the past, most recently a year ago with Davion Mitchell.
In addition to the inadequacy of the organization over the past decade and a half, the already established backcourt may have alienated Ivey from the Kings.
De’Aaron Fox established himself as the team’s starting point guard and thrived after the franchise traded Tyrese Halliburton, averaging 28.9 points, 6.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 50.3 percent shooting in 16 games to complete. his season. A year ago, Davion Mitchell was No. 9 overall and looked good as a starter when the opportunity presented itself (18.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 45.1% shooting in 19 games).
So what’s left for Ivy?
Sacramento will have three 6-foot-4 or under defensemen, meaning the team will either need to shrink or the trio will compete for two starting spots. It’s only natural that Ivey would like a spot where the starting quarterback spot is easily accessible.
The good news for Ivey is that many teams want to trade him for 4th place to pick him. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned the Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, and Washington Wizards, as well as non-lottery teams.
After the Kings traded Haliburton to his rookie deal just a year and a half later, even after confessing his love for the franchise and seeing an already established backcourt in Sacramento, it’s no surprise why Ivey would have preferred to go somewhere else.
bs meter: Very low. Better suited for starguard.
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Of all the teams looking to enter the lottery, the Hawks seem like an odd choice.
After reaching the Eastern Finals in 2021, Atlanta had to win a couple of games to qualify for a first-round elimination by the Miami Heat this year. Trae Young is a superstar, but the rest of the recent draft picks around him have turned into nothing more than role players (De’Andre Hunter, Kevin Huerter) or have already been traded (Cam Reddish).
John Collins, one of the few picks to have blossomed into a big role in Atlanta, is reportedly on the trading block, with the Hawks looking to move into the lottery.
According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor: “League sources say the Hawks want to add a lottery pick, either by directly trading John Collins or by including that pick as well. One of the teams they’ve negotiated with is Portland.
For a team that has Young’s MVP contender and a handful of seasoned veterans like Clint Capela, Bogdan Bogdanovich and Danilo Gallinari, divesting assets in favor of another young player seems dubious.
Head coach Nate McMillan didn’t seem interested in developing last year’s draft picks, Jalen Johnson (20th overall) and Sharif Cooper (48th overall). Together they played just 159 minutes the entire season.
Going from 16th to 7th (or trading Collins) for a rookie will require more resources and time to develop a core that two seasons ago looked like it was ready to win.
Even if the Blazers were interested in pairing Collins with Damian Lillard, it’s hard to imagine the Hawks would actually improve next season with a move like that.
bs meter: High. Atlanta doesn’t need another young player to develop and instead should be looking for veteran talent to place around Trae Young.