REPORT don’t be surprised if Pelicans acquire 13th pk from Mavs, select Giannis Adetokunbo. NOLA also gets Shawn Marion, send Mavs future pk
— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherMackel) June 22, 2013
I’m hearing McLemore bombed in Phoenix. N.O. has Gordon at #6 and like Burke. Would the Kings pass on a top 2 talent?
— James Ham (@James_Ham) June 23, 2013
- Here’s Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic on who the Suns are looking at with the #5 pick: “The Suns will take a best-player-available approach into this year’s draft, not even ruling out a point-guard selection with Goran Dragic under a long-term deal and Kendall Marshall and Diante Garrett coming off rookie seasons. If the Suns go big, it would be because Noel plummeted unexpectedly, but not impossibly, to No. 5. Noel, 19, is a 7-footer with premier shot-blocking skills and athleticism but is going through knee rehabilitation for a surgically repaired ACL. Len, a 7-footer from Ukraine, is a more versatile big man who Suns scouts have liked for his upside as a rebounder, paint protector and scorer who is also 19. A big-man acquisition could spur trade talk involving center Marcin Gortat, particularly with the Suns being open to the idea of landing another first-round pick. Portland, which holds the No. 10 pick, has held an interest in Gortat and a draft slot like that could be used on a big man like Indiana’s athletically and fundamentally solid Cody Zeller or Pittsburgh’s raw-but-rising Steven Adams. The Suns need to address many areas but becoming more athletic and a better shooting team are priorities. McLemore, who stirred Suns fans by wearing a Suns cap in a photo recently, and Oladipo, a defensively gifted junior, are two of the draft’s more athletic shooting guards, and McLemore arguably has the draft’s best shooting mechanics.”
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