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We'll track down all of the major 2012 NBA Draft rumors and more in this StoryStream. The draft will begin at 7 p.m. ET.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Rockets, Cavaliers Involved With Potential Bobcats No. 2 Pick Swap

Bradley Beal is at the focus of what could be either a three-team deal or a bidding war for the Charlotte Bobcats' No. 2 pick in Thursday's 2012 NBA draft.

Andy Katz of ESPN continues to report that Charlotte is close to agreeing on a deal to give up No. 2 to the Cleveland Cavaliers so that the Ohio club can add Beal. ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that the Houston Rockets are also involved, potentially also bidding for No. 2 or looking to land No. 4 in the deal. They have dangled Kyle Lowry in previous attempts to move into the high end of the lottery, most notably in rumors involving the Sacramento Kings.

Additionally,'s Jeff Goodman reports that the Cavaliers are pushing for No. 2.

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Rockets-Kings Trade Currently Off The Table, According To Report

The Houston Rockets have certainly been the busiest team in the run-up to the 2012 NBA draft. Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey has burned up the phone lines and now holds three first-round picks, at Nos. 12, 16 and 18. Morey was reportedly trying to use those assets to move up in the draft, potentially in a deal with the Kings for the No. 5 pick.

But reports now indicate that the Kings plan to stay at No. 5 and have cooled on a deal with the Rockets. Via Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated:

With the obligatory "things can change" caveat attached, I'm told that the Kings are likely to keep their pick despite Houston's well-chronicled attempts to acquire it. Reports of the Rockets' push to get No. 5 continued on Thursday, but a source with knowledge of the situation said "no deal" when prompted in the afternoon.

The Kings are currently projected to pick Damian Lillard with the No. 5 pick in SB Nation's Mock Draft.

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NBA Draft Rumors: Royce White Drawing Interesting From Rockets In Middle Of First Round

Iowa State forward Royce White is in play for the Houston Rockets should the team keep its picks at No. 12, 16 or 18, reports Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports Network. White had fallen of late due to his inability to work out for many teams; he has anxiety issues and fears flying. But it appears that his initial stock -- placing him just outside the lottery -- may hold. Rothstein also notes that the Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies are interested in selecting White. The latter jives with a report out of Memphis early Thursday.

The Rockets have been tied to talks to move up to the No. 5 pick owned by the Sacramento Kings, where Connecticut center Andre Drummond is believed to be the target.

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Bobcats 'Closer' To Trading No. 2 Pick In 2012 NBA Draft, According To Report

The Charlotte Bobcats are getting "closer" to agreeing to a trade involving the No. 2 pick in Thursday's 2012 NBA draft, reports ESPN's Andy Katz. The Bobcats have been involved in any number of rumors, though the most persistent version has had Michael Jordan's club dropping only as far as No. 4 in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers are said to be interested in vaulting in front of the Washington Wizards, who pick No. 3, to lay claim to Florida guard Bradley Beal. The Cavaliers also have the No. 24 pick, as well as two choices in the top several picks of the second round. The understanding is that if the Bobcats trade down to No. 4, they could then grab Thomas Robinson, whom they likely would have taken at No. 2 anyway.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Kings, Rockets In Talks For No. 5 Pick

Trade talks between the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets are continuing in the hours before the 2012 NBA draft, according to Marc Stein and Chad Ford of The duo reports that Houston has apparently improved its most recent offer, which included Kyle Lowry and at least one mid-first-round pick. Houston holds the Nos. 12, 16 and 18 picks on Thursday.

The Kings reportedly turned down a deal that would have brought them Lowry and No. 16 in exchange for No. 5 and Chuck Hayes on Wednesday. Ford and Stein report that the Kings will hold off on any trade until it's certain that they cannot grab Kansas forward Thomas Robinson with that No. 5 pick.

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Final Chad Ford Mock Draft Has Bobcats Taking Thomas Robinson At No. 2

Chad Ford, ESPN's top NBA mock draft hound, has the Charlotte Bobcats selecting Kansas forward Thomas Robinson with the No. 2 pick, setting up a cascade of decisions that lands Bradley Beal with the Washington Wizards, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the Cleveland Cavaliers and, stunningly, Andre Drummond with the Sacramento Kings, or whichever team ends up with the Kings' pick.

Ford also has Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger slipping all the way down to No. 22, and Baylor's Perry Jones III unbelievably dropping to No. 24. Jones may have been a top-five pick had he entered the 2011 NBA draft, and has been projected to land in the lottery for the past year. Falling all the way to No. 24 would be a disastrous drop for Jones, though he would end up in a decent situation.

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NBA Mock Draft: Meet Your Fate, Kids

Our final 2012 NBA Mock Draft is about as sensible as the first one was three months ago. Come check it out!


NBA Draft: Grizzlies Reportedly Focused On John Jenkins, Royce White With No. 25 Pick

On Wednesday, Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley insisted that the team would not be selling the No. 25 pick to the highest bidder, despite salary concerns and the reality of guaranteed contracts for first-round picks heading into next season. On Thursday, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported that with that No. 25 pick, the Grizzlies are receiving an internal push -- one we'll attribute to Heisley -- for John Jenkins and Royce White.

White, a 6'9 forward from Iowa State, apparently canceled a workout with Memphis. He's had a rough draft season due to anxiety with regards to flying. (That tends to be a problem when you need to work out for 10-15 teams in three weeks.) Jenkins is a 6'4 two-guard from Vanderbilt, and had excellent scoring and shooting numbers in three college seasons.

The Grizzlies need help at back-up point guard and center, though power forward could also be a running concern as Darrell Arthur will become a restricted free agent on Sunday.

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Who Is Damian Lillard? Meet The NBA Draft's Rising Star

Damian Lillard, a point guard from little-known Weber State, could be one of the top prospects selected in the 2012 NBA Draft. Where did he come from, and why is he rising so high after toiling in obscurity?


NBA Trade Rumors: Grizzlies Offer Zach Randolph To Lakers For Pau Gasol

Dean of the NBA rumor mill Peter Vecsey* reports via Twitter that the Memphis Grizzlies are interested in bringing back Pau Gasol now that he's done with that "championship phase." The Viper says that Memphis offered up Zach Randolph to the L.A. Lakers in exchange for Pau.

If trading Pau is a financial decision, Z-Bo would not be an acceptable return. Randolph is due $50 million over the next three seasons, while Pau is due $38 million over the next two seasons.

Via HoopsHype.

* Sam Smith is the vice chancellor for Invention at the NBA rumor mill.


NBA Draft 2012: The Scariest Prospects And Boldest Of Opinions

The 2012 NBA Draft is Thursday, and after a thousand mock drafts and wall-to-wall analysis for weeks, we still don't know what to expect. Let's run down some of the bigger stories.


NBA Draft Rumors: Denver Nuggets And Golden State Warriors Could Make A Deal

The Denver Nuggets have a lot of good young players with reasonable contracts so, not surprisingly, the team's phone is apparently ringing off the hook with trade offers before Thursday night's NBA Draft.

There are probably going to be quite a few new rumors posited over the next 36 hours, but one of the more interesting deals being discussed would be between the Nuggets and Golden State Warriors (via ESPN's Chris Broussard).

The above mentioned deal wouldn't work under the salary cap as is, but if Wilson Chandler was traded to Golden State for the No. 7 pick and Dorell Wright, this trade would be possible. That isn't quite as nice for the Warriors, but they're still likely going to be declared winners under that scenario.

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NBA Mock Draft: A Tip Of The Dunce Cap

What if an NBA mock draft wasn't so focused on pretending that all NBA GMs were rational since, you know, they are not? This is what happens.


NBA Trade Rumors: Bobcats Looking To Package Tyrus Thomas With No. 2 Pick

The Charlotte Bobcats have the second overall pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft and, considering Anthony Davis is going to New Orleans with the top selection, No. 2 is where things are expected to get exciting. Charlotte has quite a few positions of need, obviously, but the latest rumors indicate that they're willing to trade the pick.

Michael Jordan's team of experts have already made one trade this week, but the Washington Post is reporting that the Bobcats are interested in making more deals ... as long as they're able to package an underachieving Tyrus Thomas with their top pick, anyway.

According to multiple sources, the Bobcats are trying to convince teams interested in the second pick to also take back disappointing power forward Tyrus Thomas, who has more than $26 million remaining on his contract. Thomas is coming off the worst season since his rookie year as he averaged just 5.6 points and 3.7 rebounds.

When asked if teams would be willing to touch Thomas, one Western Conference executive said, "I don't think so."

Considering it sounds like that might not work out as well as the Bobcats brain trust is hoping, there's apparently one other option on the table the team is considering:

For those not familiar with this situation, it'd essentially be Michael Jordan finding the people in charge of creating the Monstars in Space Jam and then having them mix the talents of Thomas Robinson, Harrison Barnes, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal into one super player.

It's currently unclear whether the Bobcats have a better chance of convincing a team to take on Tyrus Thomas or creating Thomisson Kidd-Bealchrist in time for Thursday night's draft.

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NBA Draft 2012: Andre Drummond, Meyers Leonard Lead Center Class

Andre Drummond and Meyers Leonard lead our top 10 centers available in the 2012 NBA Draft. But both need plenty of proper development to reach their considerable potential.


Are The Kings Holding Up A Rockets Dwight Howard Trade?

Credit Houston GM Daryl Morey for his ambition, but as the Rockets try to position themselves for a Dwight Howard trade, the Sacramento Kings may not play along with Morey's master plan. After the Rockets acquired an additional first round pick from the Timberwolves Tuesday, there were reports that they would then offer two of their first round picks plus Kyle Lowry to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the No. 5 pick and Tyreke Evans.

This would allow the Rockets to then offer the Orlando Magic a package of Evans, Kevin Martin and the No. 5 and 18 picks to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Dwight Howard. All in all, that would be a pretty tremendous haul for the Magic. The problem is the Kings.

TNT's David Aldridge reports that there is "no way" Sacramento would do the deal that the Rockets were rumored to be offering. Whether Houston ever even offered the deal remains speculation, but at least for now, Sacramento's answer is clear. And that leaves Houston in limbo.

The Rockets have stockpiled assets -- three first round picks, plus Kyle Lowry and his very attractive contract, and even including Kevin Martin. Now the question is whether they can turn those assets into Dwight Howard or any other superstar before draft day arrives Thursday. It's still early, and Sacramento's not the only team willing to deal before the draft, they were just the most attractive option.

For now, we know this much: Nobody will work harder than Daryl Morey to try and pull a miracle here, but with Sacramento's apparent refusal to deal, it won't be as easy as some thought.

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NBA Draft Rumors: Rockets, Kings May Be Discussing Trade Involving Kyle Lowry, Tyreke Evans, According To Report

Fresh off acquiring the No. 18 pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Houston Rockets have another big move on the horizon. The Rockets have reportedly offered a deal that would send Kyle Lowry and the No. 14 and No. 16 picks in the 2012 NBA Draft to the Sacramento Kings for Tyreke Evans and the No. 5 pick, according to Draft Express' Jonathan Givony.

However, Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reports that the trade offer never happened.

The Rockets continue to look to assemble assets in a trade package for Dwight Howard, and if this offer was indeed on the table, it would provide them with two strong assets in Evans and the No. 5 pick. Evans has fallen out of favor with the Kings after struggling with a move to small forward, but he is only two years removed from winning the rookie of the year award in a landslide. The Rockets could use Evans and the No. 5 pick as their top assets in a Howard trade, or they could keep them.

The Kings, meanwhile, would acquire Lowry, one of the league's top bargains, if they make this deal. Lowry was in the running for an All-Star berth before suffering a midseason illness, and he has a very friendly contract ($5.7 million next year, $6.2 million, but only $1 million guaranteed, in 2013-14). Lowry would play alongside promising rookie Isaiah Thomas and shooting guard Marcus Thornton. The Kings also would be able to take on two draft picks in a deep draft.

It remains to be seen if this proposal goes through. Stay tuned.

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Chase Budinger Traded To Minnesota Timberwolves For No. 18 Pick

The Houston Rockets have big plans to potentially acquire Dwight Howard, and they may have taken their first step to putting those plans into action. The Rockets have dealt reserve swingman Chase Budinger to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the No. 18 overall pick, according to Draft Express' Jonathan Givony. The Wolves also receive the rights to Israeli player Lior Eliyahu, who will reportedly join Minnesota for summer league play.

The Rockets may very well use the 18th pick, along with their current selections at No. 14 and No. 16, to put together in a trade package for Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard. Houston probably will need one more selection to entice the Magic, but they could accomplish that goal by trading point guard Kyle Lowry, as has been rumored.

Even if the Rockets pull that off and put together a good trade package, they will have to overcome Howard's own misgivings with the franchise.'s David Aldridge reports that Howard has no interest in signing with the Rockets long-term right now.

The Timberwolves, meanwhile, secure a player that had success in coach Rick Adelman's system when Adelman coached there. Budinger is a strong three-point shooter that has struggled to carve out a consistent role because of his poor defense.

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NBA Draft 2012: Anthony Davis Is Top Power Forward, But Perry Jones, John Henson Are Close Behind

Anthony Davis is the 2012 NBA Draft's obvious best power forward. Who lands behind him in Jonathan Tjarks' top 10 may, however, surprise you.


NBA Draft Rumors: John Henson Separating Himself From The Pack

The 2012 NBA Draft lottery is an especially fickle beast, as there are quite a few players that have been unable to separate themselves from the pack. Things are getting a bit clearer following individual teams' group workouts, though, and North Carolina big man John Henson seems to be the most recent beneficiary.

Henson worked out for the Detroit Pistons on Monday and was apparently really, really good. So good, in fact, that ESPN's Chad Ford felt forced to alter his most recent mock draft after hearing the results.

Meyers Leonard occupied this spot for roughly six hours before Henson reclaimed it. Why? Henson, Leonard, Tyler Zeller, Perry Jones, Terrence Jones and Jared Sullinger all worked out in Detroit on Monday and the consensus was that Henson really shined. The Pistons really need a shot-blocker and Henson fits the bill.

It's unclear what person would be telling Ford that Henson was so outstanding without something to gain from the process, but we'll trust his judgment if he was willing to alter his entire mock draft.

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NBA Draft Rumors: Moe Harkless Workout A Sign Sacramento Kings Are Trading Down?

The 2012 NBA Draft rumors are sure to get interesting over the next 48 hours, but fallout from the weekend's trade talk is still coming to the surface. Some of the latest is seeming confirmation that the Houston Rockets will make a deal with the Sacramento Kings in their convoluted approach to acquiring Dwight Howard.

The Rockets were said to be trying to use their 14 and 16 picks to move up into the first round with the Kings and Toronto Raptors, respectively. Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick connected the dots in his latest column and explained how it seems the Kings are definitely involved, among other things.

Sources confirmed an report from Sunday night that Sacramento was among the teams talking with the Rockets, and it made perfect sense then that the Kings were suddenly bringing in a number of prospects expected to be taken later than their fifth pick. St. John's small forward Moe Harkless is among them, and the way in which he agreed to a Monday workout was revealing.

Harkless worked out for Golden State (No. 7) on Sunday, and was then asked by the Kings to come by on Monday before leaving the region. The unique part, I was told, was that the workout was enough of an organizational priority that at least one member of the Maloof family that owns the team was among those team representatives doing the asking.

Whether a trade ultimately gets done probably depends on if the Orlando Magic is going to accept the Rockets' new package, but it seems that Sacramento is at least preparing to move down on Thursday night.

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Jeremy Lamb Says Andre Drummond Can Be Great 'If He Wants To Work'

All bets are off ahead of the NBA Draft as players position themselves in hopes of moving up boards through workouts and interviews. On Monday, we saw a bit of friendly fire as Jeremy Lamb threw former UConn teammate Andre Drummond right under the bus with a quote that just isn't a good look for either of the two.

Ben Golliver has the full transcript of Lamb's interview. The key quote, about whether or not Andre Drummond can be great, is last.

It depends on if he wants to work. He's a great athlete. He can jump. He can block shots. He can rebound. I always say, it's funny, we will have an early practice at like 8 AM, and everyone is trying to get warmed up and stuff. He'll just come out and do a windmill to warm up. His bounce is amazing. I believe he's going to work hard, develop post moves, I think he can be a great pro.

For Drummond, it's not a great sign that a teammate is saying he can be great if he puts in the work. For Lamb ... dang, why are you throwing a teammate under the bus? This isn't something that reflects well on either player at all.


2012 NBA Draft: Full List Of Green Room Invitees

Anthony Davis headlines the list of green room invitees at the NBA Draft, which features surprise choice Terrence Ross. Jared Sullinger and Kendall Marshall were the most notable omissions.


2012 NBA Mock Draft: SB Nation Bloggers Take Over

What happened when SB Nation's NBA team bloggers got together to mock up the 2012 NBA Draft?

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NBA Draft: Top 10 Small Forwards Led By Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

A few small forwards in the 2012 NBA Draft have lots of hype, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist stands out from the pack.


2012 NBA Draft: Rockets Look To Move Up In Draft

There have been various rumors on what the Houston Rockets could do with their pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, most thinking it would be involved in a trade of some kind. According to Chad Ford and Marc Stein of ESPN, the thought now is that the Rockets will be looking to move up in the draft.

Sources say that Houston has discussed deals with several teams in the top 10 about moving up in the draft. And the Rockets might have found two willing partners.

Although sources stressed that no deal is imminent, Sacramento (No. 5) and Toronto (No. 8 ) have let Houston know that their top-10 selections are available. Sources say that the Rockets, in turn, have made both of their first-round picks available (No. 14 and No. 16), but the key to any trade going through could be point guard Kyle Lowry.

According to the report, the Rockets have an affection for Connecticut big man Andre Drummond. The 18-year old 7-footer is believed by many to have massive upside in the draft and Houston could be prepared to part with both of their first-round picks to move up for Drummond.

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2012 NBA Draft: Is Bradley Beal The Best Shooting Guard?

Bradley Beal is expected to go No. 3 in the 2012 NBA Draft, but Jonathan Tjarks ranks him as only the No. 3 shooting guard prospect available, behind Terrence Ross and Jeremy Lamb.


2012 NBA Draft: Damian Lillard Leads Top 10 Point Guards Available

The 2012 NBA Draft will not be supplying any great point guards, but there are some interesting prospects. Jonathan Tjarks runs down the top 10.


Wizards-Hornets Trade Increases Likelihood Washington Will Select Bradley Beal In 2012 NBA Draft

The Washington Wizards swapped Rashard Lewis and a second round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft for a couple of probable frontcourt starters on Wednesday, adding Emeka Okefor and Trevor Ariza from the New Orleans Hornets. They should slot into the Wizards' starting five alongside Nene next season if the team doesn't make any more big moves.

They already have one other starter set in point guard John Wall, leaving a gaping hole at shooting guard. Most pegged the Wizards to take whichever one of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Thomas Robinson didn't go to the Charlotte Bobcats at No. 2 overall, but they might be taking a player for need instead of taking the player that most analysts believe is the best player available.

Florida Gators shooting guard Bradley Beal is a lottery lock and a top-5 talent in the eyes of many, and he could be headed to Washington as a result of Wednesday's trade. If the Wizards don't have a large gap between Beal and the other available players on their draft board, it makes sense, but many are going to see the selection as a reach for need if it does happen.

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NBA Mock Draft: Question Marks Abound!

We're about a week away from the 2012 NBA Draft ... and no one has any clue what will happen after the No. 1 pick. Let's randomly list 29 names!


NBA Draft Rumors: Hornets Looking At Power Forwards With No. 10 Pick

The New Orleans Hornets will certainly select power forward Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft on June 28. But it looks like they may take another big man with the No. 10 selection. John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune talked to Hornets coach Monty Williams about recent workouts and the type of players New Orleans is looking for.

"There is more bigs, in my opinion, that fit what we're looking for," Hornets Coach Monty Williams said after Monday's workout at the Alario Center. "With the number of guards available, most of them are going to go a lot of higher than our 10th pick, so that may have something to do with it."

The Hornets have huge needs at point guard and small forward; beyond Davis, the team has high-paid Emeka Okafor and Gustavo Ayon up front, plus free agents Chris Kaman and Carl Landry. The draft's best point guard, Damian Lillard, is expected to go as high as No. 6 and probably no lower than No. 8. That could leave Kendall Marshall for the Hornets at No. 10, if they're convinced he can affect the game as much as an available second big like Jared Sullinger, John Henson or Perry Jones III could.

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Jared Sullinger's Back Raises Red Flags Among NBA Teams, According To Report

Jared Sullinger's balky back was red-flagged by NBA doctors, according to a report.


NBA Draft Combine: Athletic Testing Results Add To Intrigue

The NBA Draft Combine was held in Chicago last week, and while there have been plenty of things taken away from the on-court drills and such, the majority of the top prospects didn't participate in them. Everyone participated in the measurements and athletic testing, however, making Tuesday's release of that data especially intriguing.

It's not quite as easy to get overwhelmed by amazing results at the NBA combine as it is in the NFL's version, but there's likely still going to be some decision-makers breaking ties between potential prospects based on their athleticism.

So, with all of that in mind, the database over at Draft Express should be carefully pored over throughout the next couple of weeks. There you'll learn Harrison Barnes is fast and can jump high, Miles Plumlee could leap up and grab something over 12 feet in the air, Meyers Leonard is pretty strong, Jared Sullinger isn't very agile, and Will Barton isn't exactly an athletic specimen according to the numbers.

After looking at all of that, though, NBA decison makers: please remember to go back and watch these players actually play basketball before making picks that are going to alter your franchise for the next ten years.

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NBA Draft Rumors: Perry Jones, Terrence Jones Fail To Impress In Warriors Workout

With last week's NBA Combine now in the rearview mirror, individual teams' pre-draft workouts are going to be the focus of the NBA for the next couple of weeks. One of the first big ones featuring top prospects took place on Monday with the Golden State Warriors hosting potential lottery picks Terrence Jones, Perry Jones III and Tyler Zeller.

The Warriors were hoping that one of the Joneses would show his ability to play the small forward. That didn't end up being the case, however, according to Marcus Thompson.

When all was said and done Monday, neither Baylor's Perry Jones nor Kentucky's Terrence Jones wowed Warriors management, according to sources. They're good players with top-level talent, sure. And both played well. But they didn't do enough to make the Warriors fall in love, which is probably what had to happen for either of them to be the No. 7 overall pick.

Both players still have one major question hanging over their heads: can they play small forward at the NBA level? Neither answered that question, at least not definitively, with their performance in Monday's workout, which means No. 7 may be too high for either.

The good news is that Zeller apparently was pretty impressive, according to Thompson. The best news, though? One of the six players the Warriors worked out was named Jet Chang ... and another was Festus Ezeli!

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NBA Draft Rumors: Quincy Miller Says He's Healthy, But Questions Still Surround His Stock

Quincy Miller wasn't the story of the Baylor Bears this season like some had figured he would be coming out of high school. The small forward was still able to earn Co-Freshman of the Year honors in the Big 12 conference as he recovered from an ACL injury, but rumor has it that NBA executives still aren't sure of his health heading into the 2012 NBA Draft.

It didn't help that Miller apparently struggled a bit at last week's NBA Draft Combine, but he told Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick that he felt good in Chicago.

"I'm physically back to 100 percent," Miller said. "During the season it was progressively getting better, but now I'm back to 100 percent. I think teams believe that I'm back. They've seen me play enough. They see my movement is way better than it was during the season. They see a different player now."

While that's better than being less than 100 percent, of course, Amick's notes went on to implicate that NBA decision makers aren't quite as sure of Miller as he is of himself.

Miller said he expects to go anywhere from the late lottery to "the 20s," but one general manager said he could fall to the second round. Miller said he has workouts scheduled with Cleveland (Nos. 4, 24, 33 and 34 picks), Detroit (9, 39 and 44), Golden State (7, 30, 35 and 52), Houston (14 and 16), Denver (20, 38 and 50) and Dallas (17 and 55).

This will definitely be an interesting story to keep an eye on going forward as Miller goes through workouts, giving a better indication as to where he'll end up being selected in the Draft.

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NBA Draft Rumors 2012: Bradley Beal Will Only Work Out For Top 4 Teams

Bradley Beal wasn't the most talked about prospect during his freshman season with the Florida Gators, but that's changing these days. In fact, following the recent NBA Draft Combine, it's been revealed that the 6'5 shooting guard has decided he'll fall no lower than the fourth overall pick.

Beal was profiled in a Sunday column by Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick (where he revealed he believes he's more like the old Ray Allen, not old Ray Allen), but the most interesting part to draftniks may have come regarding his schedule for individual workouts.

Agent Mark Bartelstein told that he has no plans for Beal to conduct workouts with teams beyond the top four. Beal is tentatively scheduled to work out for Washington on Thursday, Cleveland on Saturday and Charlotte on June 18.

That obviously leaves quite a few teams on the outside looking in, but this isn't a bad move considering that he'll likely be snatched up very quickly if he drops further than Cleveland's No. 4 pick -- with or without an individual workout.

Aside from the knowledge dropped on Beal, Amick's must-read column also has a mini-feature on Kendall Marshall, discusses Baylor's Quincy Miller and notes the players that made the biggest positive impressions at the combine.

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NBA Draft Rumors: Austin Rivers Reportedly Has A Lottery Promise

The 2012 NBA Draft is still three weeks away, but the promise rings are going out! Dion Waiters, the Syracuse guard, was the first prospect to reportedly earn a promise from a team picking in the lottery (ignoring Anthony Davis's unspoken No. 1 overall promise); Waiters left the draft combine early. According to the excellent Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, fellow two-guard Austin Rivers will do the same.

One NBA assistant coach said he was surprised Austin Rivers didn't work out at the NBA's predraft combine here Thursday. The East scout expects Rivers to be selected in the Nos. 10-20 range, but an NBA source told Yahoo! Sports that Rivers has a promise late in the draft lottery.

Teams looking for two-guards in the late lottery include the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns. There is expected to be a nice chunk of trade action this year as well, which will open up more possibilities.

Rivers spent one season at Duke before turning pro. His father is Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. The Spears piece has great background on their relationship and Doc's coaching of Austin through the draft process.


NBA Draft Combine: Measurements Show Thomas Robinson Has Less Questions To Answer

The 2012 NBA Draft Combine is underway in Chicago, giving the top prospects an excellent opportunity to woo all of the decision makers that weren't able to watch them during the course of the college season. On-court abilities aren't the only things one has to worry about, which is why the measurements have been getting so much publicity in recent years.

A player can be a dominant force in the college game, but occasionally his skill set is unable to translate to the big leagues due to size -- or more specifically, length -- concerns. This has forced the NBA to go through an increasingly thorough checklist to decide if a player is going to measure up once he reaches the NBA by checking his wingspan, height (with and without socks), hand length, standing reach and nearly everything else that can be measured.

The results of said measurements were released on Friday morning, and courtesy of ESPN's Chad Ford, the two-page list (first, second) is digestible for those of us on the Internet who weren't privy to the information when it was handed out at the Combine. The best news resulting from that list, according to Ford, comes for Kansas Jayhawks big man Thomas Robinson.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson measured 6-foot-8 3/4 in shoes with a huge 7-3 wingspan. Any concerns teams had about him being undersized for the position will start to melt away after those numbers.

This is good news for Robinson considering he also stood out on the court during the opening day of the Combine.

For more coverage of the 2012 NBA Draft and all of the rumors that come with it, be sure to visit SB Nation's dedicated StoryStream.


Dion Waiters Got A Promise At The NBA Draft Combine, According To Reports

Dion Waiters didn't receive the most buzz during the most recent college basketball season while playing for the Syracuse Orange. At least one NBA team was enamored with him enough at this week's NBA Draft Combine, however, that it has apparently promised to pick him in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Waiters was in attendance for the beginning of the combine and even interviewed with several teams on the first night of the event before things got weird. The guard left Chicago on Thursday with many in attendance speculating he's received a promise from a lottery team that they'll select him.

While there are plenty of teams that have been rumored to be the culprit, with the Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns among them, the only response the Internet has seen thus far comes from the Raptors.

For what it's worth, Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears was still reporting as of Friday morning that Waiters' promise is indeed from Colangelo up in Toronto.

Risky business, yeah?

For more coverage of the 2012 NBA Draft and all of the rumors that come with it, be sure to visit SB Nation's dedicated StoryStream.


NBA Rumors: New Orleans Hornets Open To Trading Their 'Other' Draft Pick

The New Orleans Hornets lucked out and won the lottery last month, giving them the first choice in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft. The NBA-owned team also holds the No. 10 pick in their possession due to the Chris Paul trade, but the latest rumors indicate that choice might be on the move once again.

The No. 10 pick, originally owned by the Timberwolves before it was rerouted to the Clippers and then the Hornets, is quite the luxury for New Orleans considering the depth of the draft. It makes sense, then, that general manager Dell Demps answered questions regarding a trade of the pick with "Yes, we will if it makes sense,'' according to the Times Picayune.

That trade comes with a caveat, however, says the story.

According to league sources, the Hornets are not expected to make any decisions regarding trades until after the NBA's Board of Governors approve the sale of the franchise to Saints owner Tom Benson, which is expected to happen later this month.

It really makes things interesting when the NBA owns one of its teams, doesn't it?

For more coverage of the 2012 NBA Draft and all of the rumors that come with it, be sure to visit SB Nation's dedicated StoryStream.

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