With the 2012 NBA Draft less than 36 hours away, the rumors and deals are beginning to ramp up as teams are looking for leverage in what has been touted a deep draft class. I am sure everyone here will have their ear to the ground, waiting for our very own auction king Rich Cho to continue the wheelin' n dealin', feel free to post whatever you see around the interwebs.
Here is the latest:
Bobcats shopping Thomas:
Plenty of teams would like to get into the No. 2 spot in the 2012 draft and it will be expensive to get there. According to Michael Lee of The Washington Post, the Charlotte Bobcats will consider moving the pick if a team takes back Tyrus Thomas.
This is not a surprise as Thomas is a major disappointment and he has three years and about $26 million remaining on his contract.
The Bobcats will likely amnesty Thomas at some point if they can't find a taker for him.
-- Nick Borges
Wizards looking to scare us into keeping the 2nd pick:
...The Wizards are aware of the possibility of a trade between the Bobcats and Cavs and they may try to stop it. Michael Lee of The Washington Post writes : "According to two league sources, the Wizards have been fielding calls in recent days from teams interested in moving up to possibly select ... Robinson. ... If Charlotte deals the No. 2 pick and blocks the Wizards from taking [Beal], it would be interesting to see if Washington stands in the way of the Bobcats taking Robinson."
Should Charlotte and Washing trade down, the Bobcats would have to choose between Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes at No, 4, if Robinson is taken at No. 3.
The Wizards' three targets at No. 3 are Beal, Kidd-Gilchrist and Barnes.
-- Nick Borges
Corey Maggette being classy: