Charlotte Hornets and the Atlanta Hawks
Charlotte trades: 11th pick (2018), Kemba Walker, Malik Monk, 2019 1st round pick, 2018 2nd round pick (Orlando)
Atlanta trades: 3rd pick (2018), Dennis Schroder
Mitch Kupchak declared that this would be the last time the Hornets were in the lottery. Kupchak has a history of making trades within the draft to get his guy and could easily do so here. It would also be a way to get some of the large contracts off of the team.
New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls
New York trades: 9th pick (2018), 2019 2nd round pick (favorable), 2020 2nd round pick (Charlotte), Ron Baker
Chicago: 7th pick (2018), Cristiano Felicio
The Knicks appear very interested in either Trae Young or Michael Porter Jr., two boom-bust players in this draft. It looks unlikely either of them will fall so trading up into the top 5 or even just up a spot or two could be the solution to that.
Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis trades: 4th pick (2018)
LA Clippers trade: 12th pick (2018), 13th pick (2018)
They sit at 4 but it really feels like they want to trade back. The team already has a lot of money tied up with Mike Conley and Marc Gasol so trying to develop a prospect does not appear in the interest. Makes sense to trade into the late lottery, acquire more assets, and still get a young player.
Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks
Boston trades: Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, 27th pick (2018), 2019 Memphis Pick
Dallas trades: 5th Pick (2018)
The Celtics certainly have the firepower to move up in the draft. If Ainge feels like the only thing missing for his team is a dominant big man, this draft has them. Ainge knows Rozier plus Brown and the Memphis pick could get it done and solidify a terrific young core for the post-Hayward and Kyrie era.
Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trailblazers
Cleveland Trades: 8th pick (2018), Kevin Love, Jordan Clarkson
Portland trades: CJ McCollum, 24th pick (2018), 2019 1st round pick, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jake Layman
In order to keep Lebron James, the Cavs will most likely need to move the 8th pick for another star player. It would not shock me to see a polarizing player like Michael Porter Jr. drop and teams throw a lot of options at the Cavs. Koby Altman utilizes many of the same philosophies as David Griffin who traded picks without hesitation.
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