We are less than 48 hours away from the 2019 NBA Draft and I’m expecting a lot of movement as teams try to move up or move out of their picks to find rotation pieces.
New Orleans Pelicans receive: Chicago 2019 7th overall pick, Chicago 2020 top-8 protected first round pick
Chicago Bulls receive: New Orleans 2019 4th overall pick
I know the Pelicans have made it known that they would like to add an established player in exchange from the 2019 pick they received from the Lakers. But if they can add a potential lottery pick in a loaded 2020 class while still being able to pull in a rotation piece, they shouldn’t hesitate. With the seventh pick, Jarrett Culver or De’Andre Hunter could still be on the board to boost the quick rebuild in New Orleans. For the Bulls, they would be able to add a dynamic point guard in Darius Garland who could be the point guard of the future. They should either make this move up or stand pat and select the best available player while looking to 2020 to find a promising floor general.
Memphis Grizzlies receive: Derrick Favors, Dante Exum, Utah 2019 53rd overall pick
Utah Jazz receive: Mike Conley
It seems like every year the Jazz are trying to trade for Mike Conley. With Ja Morant likely joining the Grizzlies on draft night, the openness to dealing their franchise point guard may be at an all-time high. Utah is looking for a Ricky Rubio replace, and I can’t think of a better fit to take some pressure off of Donovan Mitchell. Favors would need to have his team option picked up first, but would be playing in a contract year. If healthy, Exum could be a nice third guard for the Grizzlies as well.
Cleveland Cavaliers receive: Atlanta 2019 8th overall pick, Atlanta 2019 10th overall pick,
Atlanta Hawks receive: Cleveland 5th overall pick
What good is having a bunch of picks if you can’t package them to improve your position? The Hawks can use their two lottery picks to move up to the fifth slot to ensure they can add a much-needed wing like Culver or Cam Reddish. Their need for more depth at the center slot can be addressed with their 17th pick. For Cleveland, they are far from being a competitor. It should be a push for quantity, especially since they fell out of the range of getting a sure-fire franchise player. They are honestly at the “best player available” stage, but I would like to see one of the picks go towards a high-upside player like Nassir Little or Bol Bol.