Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Link Roundup

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 3:58 PM

ESPN.com's Chad Ford has his fourth mock draft up and he's sticking with Hasheem Thabeet at #2 for the Grizzlies, though he suggests a trade is likely:

The Grizzlies continue to be a bit of an enigma right now. They are talking to a number of teams about a potential trade, and teams including the Kings, Wizards, Knicks, Rockets and Celtics have shown interest. The Grizzlies continue to publicly pursue Ricky Rubio as well, though a well-placed source in Rubio's camp said it's likely (though not definite) that it will skip Memphis when Rubio goes on a three-city U.S. tour next week.

There also have been rumblings that Tyreke Evans is in the mix in Memphis. But when the dust clears, it looks as though the most likely scenario has Thabeet in Memphis on draft night if the Grizzlies keep the pick.

Ford is now prognosticating Georgia Tech forward Gani Lawal for the Griz at #27.

Meanwhile, CNNSI.com's Ian Thomsen is sticking with Ricky Rubio — as a likely trade chip — at #2 in his second mock:

Far-fetched rumors of a potential deal involving Rajon Rondo for this pick are a sign that the Grizzlies are trying to create trade demand. Expect much interest in the final days before the draft from teams looking to trade up for the rights to Rubio, who will provide instant excitement at a cheap rookie salary.

Thomsen's CNNSI colleague Scott Howard-Cooper files a good draft notebook that doesn't have any Griz material but leads with a good report on the University of Memphis' Tyreke Evans' strong workout in Sacramento and also notes that the Kings, like the Grizzlies, are still waiting to hear from Ricky Rubio. (You can watch some of Evans' workout for the Kings here.)

DraftExpress.com's Jonathan Givony was interviewed by Gary Parrish on The Geoff and Gary Show and sounded some (confusing) alarms about the latest, rather bizarre, twist in Rubio's dealings with his current team. Givony suggests that Rubio might not play basketball anywhere next season, which I haven't heard anyone else suggest, so I'm skeptical about that notion.You can listen to the interview on the podcast at 730FoxSports.com. It's the third segment on today's show.

NBADraft.net has updated its mock, with Hasheem Thabeet at #2 and Dajuan Summers and Dionte Christmas being selected with the later picks.

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