NBA Draft: Rumor Mill Turning Away

By - June 27, 2007

Heading over to the Westin New York at Times Square in a few minutes to meet with a handful of the players who will be sitting in the green room Thursday night.

On the eve of the NBA Draft, speculation runs rampant. Among the news and rumors:

  • Suns Rising?: Lost in the Kevin Garnett buzz has been the talk of a trade that would move Phoenix into the lottery, a rumor that's been confirmed by the team's senior vice president of basketball operations. The Suns worked out Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah, Jeff Green and Yi Jianlian on Tuesday. The team has plenty of desirable assets for a potential trade partner including the No. 24 and No. 29 picks in this year's draft and the rights to Atlanta's first-round pick in 2008.

  • Seven or Better for Green: Georgetown standout Green turned down a workout with the Bobcats, who hold the No. 8 pick. This is a strong indicator that the Big East Player of the Year has a deal in place with a team ahead of Charlotte on the board, since there's no other reason Green's agent David Falk would make things difficult for Bobcats part-owner Michael Jordan -- the client who made Falk one of the most powerful figures in sports before entering his current semi-retirement.

  • Hawes to Chicago?: Washington's Spencer Hawes traveled to the Windy City on Tuesday for a second visit. Given how Chicago's playoff bouncing at the hands of Detroit in the second round underscored the team's need for a big man who can command a double-team, Hawes to the Bulls with the No. 9 pick makes a lot of sense. While the second-best center in this draft might not slip that far, don't expect to hear his name any later.

  • From Gainesville to Graceland: Memphis, who holds the No. 4 pick, has brought in Florida teammates Al Horford and Joakim Noah for second workouts. North Carolina's Brandan Wright also got a second look from the organization but the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports growing speculation that the Grizzlies will select Noah if Horford goes third.

  • Wright's Wrong Stuff: Few players have performed worse on the workout circuit than Kansas swingman Julian Wright, who is expected to be the last player sitting in the green room Thursday night as a result.

Posted by at 11:24 AM on June 27, 2007

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