By Michael Briggs @MichaelSBriggs on June 26, 2014
One of the most important drafts in recent history is nearly upon us, but with just hours to spare, there's still plenty of action happening behind the scenes with major implications. Although Cleveland has the privilege of selecting any player they covet, the Cavs' rumored indecisiveness one pick ahead of Milwaukee could have have a trickle-down effect depending on their final move. Here are five last-minute Bucks whispers you need to hear.
The Bucks have reportedly been shopping around Ilyasova to interested teams ahead of the draft, and according to Gery Woelfel of The Racine Journal Times, Houston has shown an interest in the 27-year-old. Although Ilyasova had a disappointing season, rumors suggest Milwaukee could potentially land a late-first round pick for the Turkish forward, which has extra value given how deep this class is being touted to be.
Although they already have prime real estate, Milwaukee has reportedly been very active in trade discussions that could land them a second lottery pick. ESPN's Chad Ford reported Wednesday that the Bucks have a few players that they want in the draft and are looking at separate deals with lottery teams involving John Henson and Brandon Knight. Larry Sanders has also been discussed but for a mid-to-late first round selection.
In what appears to be an obvious attempt to gauge who Milwaukee likes and how desperate they are to land him, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that Cleveland offered the Bucks their first overall draft slot for both Giannis Antetokounmpo and the second pick. In another draft, where the difference between one and two is drastic, I can see why Milwaukee would be interested. Not in 2014, though.
With so much uncertainty ahead of them with Cleveland, Milwaukee's second-ranked player on their draft board could very well end up being their top pick. That being said, ESPN's Chad Ford has reported that while the Bucks really like what they have seen from Dante Exum, Andrew Wiggins impressed them too much in his workout for the team last Friday to lose his ground to the Australian guard for the second pick.
Despite all the speculation that the Cavs are split between Wiggins and Parker, at the end of the day, there is a growing belief that Cleveland will take the Canadian over the Duke product — and even Parker is buying it. Although he has denied reports that he "tanked" his workout with the Cavs to ensure he landed with the Bucks, Parker reportedly believes he will call Milwaukee his new home at the end of Thursday evening, regardless.
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