Monday, June 22, 2009

Draft Notes: Quick Thoughts, Twitter, Post Schedule

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Other work will keep me from posting anything in-depth here until tonight at the earliest, but a few quick hits:

My best feel for the Grizzlies' current draft plans coming out of yesterday's workout session is that there are two primary options at this point: Drafting and keeping Hasheem Thabeet and drafting and trading Ricky Rubio. Any other scenario (such as taking James Harden, Tyreke Evans, or Stephen Curry at #2) is a longshot.

A team contingent (Chris Wallace, Lionel Hollins, Tony Barone Sr., and Johnny Davis) flew to Los Angeles Saturday to meet with Thabeet, which I certainly think fans should take as a strong indicator of how seriously Thabeet is being considered at #2.

On the other hand, trading the pick still seems to be a strong option, and it's been indicated to me that the rumored Minnesota deal involving Kevin Love is legit and still in play. In addition to that, there are likely several other trade options on the table with, presumably, more to come as draft day approaches.

What I don't sense is much of a chance of the team drafting and keeping Rubio, who doesn't appear to have a strong champion in the team's crowded and volatile war room.

Workouts Today: I'm typing this from the team's practice court where a group of prospect for picks #27 and #36 are working out — Danny Green, DeMare Carroll, A.J. Abrams, Marcus Thornton, and Lester Hudson. I'll have a report on today's and yesterday's workout up whenever I'm able to do it.

Radio/Twitter: I'll be on The Chris Vernon Show sometime this afternoon to talk about the current workout and other Grizzlies issues. Not sure yet what time I'll be on, but probably during the 4 or 5 o'clock hours.

Additionally, I've finally been brow-beaten into starting a Twitter account. You can follow me at Twitter.com/ChrisHerrington. I can't promise I'll post there often, but will give a quick react to the workouts and announce by Vernon show time when I know it.

As for the coming days, in addition to tracking Grizzlies-related rumors and commentary around the web, I plan the following posts as we head toward draft day:

A final "Grizzlies Draft Board" based on what I think the team is likely to do at #2.
My own proposed game plan for what I think the team should do.
A more in-depth breakdown of candidates at #27 and #36, following the completion of workouts Wednesday.

More — much more — later.

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