By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on June 8, 2014
The NBA draft this summer certainly offers quite a few interesting story lines, and it would not shock me to see a couple trades happen during the first round. We all know that Kevin Love trade rumors have never been hotter, and it is too bad that the Boston Celtics do not have a higher pick. Here are five teams who would love to get into the mix at the top of the draft.
You knew that the Minnesota Timberwolves would make an appearance here. Ricky Rubio's comments about trying to keep Love may have come a bit too late, because there were some strange moments in that locker room during their latest season. The damage might already be done. This could go south quickly, and I really hope they do not trade him to the Cavs.
Stan Van Gundy is getting back into the NBA mixing bowl; you will not hear any complaint from me. His shrugging off of Dwight Howard during a media session was a great moment of unintentional comedy, and it will be interesting to see who the Detroit Pistons go after in this draft. I would expect their new head coach to try turning Andre Drummond into a new and improved version of Howard.
The Phoenix Suns have quite a few options, because they own the rights to the 14th, 18th and 27th pick of this summer's draft. At the start of the year, they probably expected to have a top five pick anyway, but they certainly have enough assets to make a move. Goran Dragic has quickly become one of my favorite players in the league, and I cannot wait to see who they put around him.
The Boston Celtics have plenty of options with the 6th and 17th picks, and it will be fun to see how Danny Ainge handles this situation. They were in rebuilding mode last season, but you can bet that Brad Stevens will not be interested in that next time around. If they cannot move the pick, then they should grab either Julius Randle or Aaron Gordon.
Did I catch you off guard with this one? The Bulls have the 16th and 19th picks in this draft, and they might be able to pull off a move. After Derrick Rose's unfortunate injury last season, they need to examine adding another piece. They would have to be willing to trade a player like Jimmy Butler or Taj Gibson, but it might be worth it depending who is left on the board. Would anyone else here mind Jabari Parker returning to his hometown?
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