Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Hour Approacheth

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 1:37 PM

We're only a few hours away from tonight's NBA Draft. The latest, per ESPN's Andy Katz, is that the Griz haven't reached any trade agreements and are set to draft Hasheem Thabeet at #2:

Memphis and Minnesota talked again about trading the No. 2 pick (Memphis) to Minnesota for the No. 5 and 6 picks or the No. 5 or 6 and Kevin Love. But the price was too high for Minnesota, so Memphis plans on keeping the pick. According to multiple sources, Memphis would pick Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet.

There's also a rumor going around that the Grizzlies have made a promise to Missouri forward DeMarre Carroll at #27. I know that the team likes Carroll and it would not surprise me to see him drafted there, but I do not believe a promise was made. After getting burned with a draft promise in Boston (see: Kedrick Brown), Chris Wallace has been adamant that he is out of the promise business. Additionally, I've talked to one team official who proclaimed that Derrick Brown would be preferable to Carroll and another who speculated about players thought to be safely ahead of the #27 pick who might fall to the Grizzlies, the way Darrell Arthur (almost) did last year.

Don't expect any more here until the draft starts. I'll be making an appearance on The Chris Vernon Show during the 4 o'clock hour. Vernon is broadcasting live from Jason's Deli at Poplar and Highland. Other guest will include the Commercial Appeal's Geoff Calkins, Grizzlies radio voice Eric Hasseltine, CNNSI's Chris Mannix, and hoops legend Sonny Vaccaro, who is scheduled to call in live from the draft in New York.

Vernon will be hosting a draft party tonight at Jason's Deli, but I won't be sticking around. I'll be following the draft from Beyond the Arc's own Vollentine-Evergreen war room, surrounding by fresh-made sangria, barbecue, and friends. After all, the NBA draft rivals Thanksgiving as our most precious national holiday.

I'll set up live draft post later tonight as a template for commentary and any tips I might happen to pick up. I'm not expecting as much activity as last year, but hope to be surprised.

See you all back here later.

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