After months of tanking, speculation and anticipation, NBA Draft Day 2022 is finally here. Rumors about the NBA teams will spin at breakneck speed ahead of tonight’s celebrations at Barclays Center. It will then continue to spin through all 60 selections and into the wee hours of the night.
This live thread will be your league-level tracker for all those rumors – big and small, front office misdirection towards probable possibilities – and the exchanges that materialize from voice to reality. It is set to be an action-packed 24-hour with heavy repercussions on the future of every franchise in the league.
Follow and hold on tight.
Kyrie Irving makes the list of desired destinations
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting if star Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets don’t reach an agreement, Irving has a list of desired destinations to go to in a sign-and-trade. The list includes Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, and Philadelphia 76ers. According to Wojnarowski, none of these teams have the space to sign Irving without help from Brooklyn. He further reports Irving “is not necessarily a priority” for all the teams on the list.
This situation has direct implications for Kevin Durant’s future in Brooklyn. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and StadiumDurant is monitoring the situation in Brooklyn and “considering options for his future”.
Blazers and slippers to fish for each other
The Blazers and Pistons reportedly swapped round two picks of 2022 in yesterday’s swap with Jeram Grant, with Detroit taking Portland’s 36th pick and Portland acquiring Detroit’s 46th pick. According to Trail Blazers reporter Casey HoldahlPortland will, as of now, make the selection with the 36th choice, even if the prospect is headed to Detroit. The same situation, but on the contrary, applies to Detroit with the 46th choice.
Los Angeles Lakers Exchange in draft
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the Lakers are acquiring the Orlando Magic’s 35th pick in tonight’s draft for a future second round pick and cash. At the moment, the 35th pick is the only selection Los Angeles has in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Cleveland Cavaliers Add another choice
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Cleveland is acquiring the 49th pick in tonight’s draft from the Sacramento Kings for the rights of 26-year-old Sasha Vezenkov. Vezenkov, the 57th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, was the first team’s All-EuroLeague forward this season.
The Cavs now have four picks in tonight’s draft: 14, 39, 49, and 56.
The first 3 draft selections probably set
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the top three selections in tonight’s draft are believed to be set, with Jabari Smith, Jr. headed to the Orlando Magic, Chet Holmgren to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paulo Banchero to the Houston Rockets.
Blazers chasing Anunoby
The Portland Trail Blazers fired the first fireworks last night, trading a 2025 first-round pick and a couple of seconds for Detroit Pistons striker Jerami Grant, but the drama is far from over. With the seventh pick in tonight’s draft and plenty of resources at his disposal, CEO Joe Cronin has the potential to swing for more transactions. Portland has already been linked to Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby.