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NBA Draft Rumors 2014: Bucks, Hawks, Mavericks, Blazers & Raptors trying to trade up


The 2014 NBA Draft is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent memory.

There is no clear cut number one pick in the draft, several teams have multiple picks and plenty of teams are armed with assets to make trades to either move up in the draft or potentially swing a deal for a superstar like Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love.

With the exception of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who hold the first-overall selection, it doesn’t look any of the other top five teams – Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz – will deal one of those top-five picks.

According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, the Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors are either looking to move up in the draft or acquire another first round pick through a trade.

Look for the Bucks, Hawks, Mavs, Blazers and Raptors to be especially busy trying to move up or acquire a second pick.

If those teams do intend to make a deal, they will likely talk to the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns, who Ford reports are all open to trading their pick.

However, after pick No. 5 things are much more fluid. Sources say that the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns are all open to offers. [...] While the Celtics, Lakers, Kings, Hornets, Wolves and Suns aren’t likely to get an All-Star for their picks, they should be able to score players or multiple assets that help their teams right now.

The Suns could be the most likely to trade up because they own three first round picks.

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