Memphis likely has his eye on a prospect he believes would not be available at No.10 (some reports indicate it could be Aussie striker Josh Giddey), and may not be finished dealing. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are freeing up all kinds of ceiling space as they continue to build around Zion Williamson and try to reach the playoffs. Our Jasmyn Wimbish gave New Orleans an “A” for the case, while the Grizzlies received a B-plus.
The Golden State Warriors are also a team to watch before the draft. They reportedly bought their two lottery picks (Nos. 7 and 14) as they looked to return to the title fight. Additionally, there are a few All-Stars whose names have been mentioned in trade rumors: Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, and (as always) Bradley Beal. The Philadelphia 76ers are said to be increasingly likely to trade Simmons and are said to be on the hunt for the right partner right now.
We’ll be keeping track of every transaction before and during the project here, so keep checking to stay up to date on the latest transactions.