With the NBA Draft just around the corner, rumors come and go by the minute, with media and fans creating a lot of hype around hypothetical moves all teams may or may not do in the most important night of the offseason.
There have been several reports and rumors pointing towards some blockbuster trades taking place during the Draft night, so naturally, the table’s set for a lot of speculation and wishful thinking among NBA fans.
Nonetheless, some of those moves seem kind of off or just don’t make any kind of sense, at least for the time being. So, today we’re going to let you know about the top 5 trades that definitely won’t happen during the Draft night.
5. The Kings Will Not Trade Their 2nd Overall Pick
As per some journalists, the Sacramento Kings were reportedly exploring the market for the 2nd overall pick after not being fully sold on any of the prospects, but there haven’t been any takers willing to make a suitable deal for both parties.
Even though the Kings have a history of making self-destructing moves, they simply won’t pass on the opportunity of finally landing a potential franchise player in this year’s stacked Draft to lead the dawn of the new era alongside De’Aaron Fox.
4. Karl-Anthony Towns For The 1st Overall Pick
According to several reports, Karl-Anthony Towns got into a heated altercation with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau following a disappointing 1st round playoff exit against the Houston Rockets.
Needless to say, several teams inquired about a potential Towns trade, but the Timberwolves pretty much shut them down, stating that they would choose their young stud over Thibodeau any day. Also, with the Suns pretty much in love with DeAndre Ayton, they’re not going to trade their pick.
3. Anthony Davis To Boston
Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics had been onto Anthony Davis for a very long time now and even though they have the kind of assets to pull a trade-off, the Pelicans are unlikely to give up on their process this early in the year.
Several reports pointed towards the Celtics are ready to offer a trade package including Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and a future 1st round pick for Davis, but not only they’re not going to trade Hayward right away, but the Pelicans won’t part ways with Davis either.
2. CJ McCollum To Cleveland
CJ McCollum has been linked with a move out of the Portland Trail Blazers after the team suffered a heart-breaking 1st round playoff sweep against the New Orleans Pelicans and the fact that they can’t win with him and Lillard running the offense became evident.
With him being an Ohio native, he’s always been on the Cavs radar, but they’re unlikely to pull the trigger and send the Blazers the 8th overall pick to get him, as they believe they could land a better deal elsewhere.
1. Kawhi Leonard To The Los Angeles Clippers
With Kawhi Leonard desperate to get out of the San Antonio Spurs and having Los Angeles as his preferred destination, the Clippers are set to put together a trade package including Tobias Harris and their 12th and the 13th overall pick in order to get him.
Nonetheless, Kawhi’s not going to play for such a small market and even though he won’t have a say on his landing spot, it feels like teams of the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers would be able to make way better offers for him.