3 Most Likely NBA Players to Be Traded on Draft Night
It's officially NBA Draft Day, and there's already been several trades involving players and picks that will impact Thursday's big event. Wednesday saw the Portland Trail Blazers land Jerami Grant in a deal with the Detroit Pistons, and there continues to be buzz surrounding other notable veterans that could swap teams in the lead up to the draft.
With that in mind, here's three of the most likely players to be dealt on Thursday.
NBA Draft Trade Rumors 2022
3. Malcolm Brogdon
It's no surprise to hear Malcolm Brogdon's name in the trade rumor mill once again. The Indiana Pacers are in a great spot to land a potential franchise guard with the No. 6 overall pick, which would solidify their starting backcourt for years to come alongside recent acquisition Tyrese Haliburton. This youth movement would make the veteran Brogdon even more expendable as Indiana embarks on a full rebuild. While injuries have been a struggle for the 29-year-old, his production has been undeniable, averaging 18.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists in his three seasons with the Pacers. For teams that miss out on the top crop of guards, like the New York Knicks (No. 11) and Washington Wizards (No. 10), Brogdon is a solid alternative.
2. OG Anunoby
Joe Cronin doesn't appear done making moves in the Pacific Northwest. After trading for Grant, the Blazers are now targeting Toronto Raptors wing OG Anunoby, per Yahoo!'s Chris Haynes. Portland is using the No. 7 overall selection as bait in a potential deal, which may interest the Raptors as they could pair another top young player with Rookie of the Year winner Scottie Barnes. There have also been reports of Anunoby being unhappy with his role in Toronto, adding fuel to the trade speculation fire. This is the exact kind of move the Blazers need to make to contend in the remaining years of Damian Lillard's prime.
1. John Collins
After reports of frustrations with the team and murmurs at the trade deadline, it appears John Collins could finally be on the move Thursday. The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly scouring the league to find a deal for the 24-year-old big man by draft night. Several teams have been linked to the high-flying forward, with the Sacramento Kings considered a prime suitor and the Blazers mentioned as well. Wednesday night also brought word of a potential Collins-Dejounte Murray swap between the Hawks and San Antonio Spurs. Under contract for four more years and owning career averages of 16.5 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 37.6% shooting from deep, Collins has plenty of appeal to teams looking for immediate help.
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