Several established NBA players could switch teams on the day of the 2013 NBA Draft. With teams looking to acquire more picks and move up in the first round, several trade rumors are surrounding the event.
The biggest name to be involved in speculation is Kevin Love. Andy Katz of ESPN if reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves turned down the Cleveland Cavaliers offer of the No.1 overall pick, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson for Love. There are questions surrounding Nerlens Noel and Alex Len, the two players with the best chance of being selected with the top spot. Kyrie Irving emerged as a star last season, and the Cavs may look to trade the pick for an All-Star that they can pair with their point guard.
Katz’s report states that Timberwolves president Flip Saunders doesn’t want to deal Love. However, the power forward’s contract status could force Cleveland to improve their offer. Love can opt out of his contract in 2015 and has hinted that he won’t return to Minnesota. If the Cavs make an overwhelming offer, the Timberwolves might have a hard time turning it down.
While Love seems to be staying put for now, Eric Bledsoe and Arron Afflalo may be on the move. The Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers have been in talks about swapping the two players, according to ESPN. Orlando forward Andrew Nicholson and a future first-round pick could also be included in the potential deal.
Bledsoe’s name has been involved in rumors since the trade deadline, and he was almost sent to the Boston Celtics as compensation for Doc Rivers. As the Clippers look to re-sign Chris Paul to a lengthy extension, they might have to trade one of the best backup guards in the NBA.
Afflalo was the Magic’s leading scorer this past season. However, they finished with the worst record in the league and are looking to get younger. Bledsoe is just 23 years old, and Orlando is eyeing Ben McLemore in the draft, who would replace shooting guard.