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Additional draft links, rumours and stuff (June 22nd)

Here are a few links, some older, some new, including some tidbits:

Draft buzz: Kanter at No. 2? Kemba sliding? (ESPN.com)

- The Cavs are still seriously considering drafting Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas at No. 4, even though he may not be able to come to Cleveland until the 2012-13 season because of complications with the buyout of his contract with his current team.

- Minnesota had serious discussions Tuesday night about taking Kanter over Williams at No. 2, assuming Irving is off the board.

- There is legitimate concern that UConn's Kemba Walker could be sliding deep into the lottery or even out of it altogether if Sacramento were to pass on him at No. 7.

- Toronto was impressed with the workout of Congo forward Bismack Biyombo Monday in New York, particularly his athleticism and raw skill.

 

Draft Buzz: Timberwolves make offer for Lakers' Bynum, more (SI.com)

- Minnesota is still looking to land a high-level, impact player for its No. 2 pick, and a source said one of the Timberwolves' many trade proposals was a request for Lakers center Andrew Bynum, which involved sending small forward Michael Beasley to Los Angeles.

- The consensus from sources I've spoken with is that they'll take Kanter at No. 4, in part because 19-year-old Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas isn't expected to play in the NBA next season.

- Sources said Toronto president and general manager Bryan Colangelo is all-in on the team's new defensive-minded approach, and he is considering taking Biyombo there despite the widely held belief that the athletic defender/rebounder/shot-blocker would go lower.


- Biyombo worked out in Detroit (No. 8) on Tuesday and a source said he played well, but no one on hand played as well as Kansas power forward Markieff Morris.


- New York (No. 17) has attempted to move up, most likely for BYU sharpshooter Jimmer Fredette or Thompson. But the Knicks continued to scout all their options, holding a private workout with 20-year-old, 7-foot forward Donatas Motiejunas (Benetton Treviso) on Tuesday. He is in play for their pick, and a source said he played much better in New York than he did in an atrocious workout in Treviso.

 

A Perfect Fit (Basketball Prospectus)

Last season, nobody really thought much about the draft of the Knicks. New York didn't have a first-round draft pick, only a pair of second-round choices. For a team that had largely cleared the salary decks for a free-agent splurge, draft night seemed like an after thought. With the 39th pick of the night, the Knicks took Landry Fields, who ended up as their starting two-guard and logged over 2,500 minutes on the season. Only John Wall saw the court more often as a rookie. Fields wasn't the most highly skilled player in last season's first-year class. He did some things very well: He rebounded from the backcourt, defended on the perimeter and shot well from three-point range. As things turned out, the Knicks needed those specific skills so badly that it was hard for coach Mike D'Antoni to take Fields off the floor.

Keeping that little anecdote in mind, let's look at some players from this year's draft class that aren't likely to be taken in the lottery, but still have one or two standout skills that can get them onto the court in the next NBA season. And let's match those skills with a team that can use them.

 

Bulls GM plans to keep both picks (Sporting News)

"Our feeling is, really at the back end of the draft, that there’s going to be some good players there for us," Forman told reporters, according to ESPNChicago.com. "You never know how a draft will fall."

 

The rating game: Almost every position comes with talent but flaws (Sporting News)

Sporting News analyzes every position for Thursday’s NBA draft, with input from an NBA scout, and then ranks the top prospects:

 

Five risky NBA Draft picks that could go bust (Sporting News)

Where were you when the Washington Bullets selected Kenny Green?

I was somewhere between the couch and the floor of my one-bedroom apartment on that day in June 1985, all but fainting upon watching paid basketball talent evaluators making such a ridiculous decision.

And Karl Malone was still on the board, waiting to be selected by the Utah Jazz one pick later.

There may be no more amusing stat in sports than the comparison between the No. 12 pick in the ’85 draft (Green) and No. 13 (Malone). Green scored 265 points in his career. Malone scored 36,928.

It’s unlikely there’ll be another blunder so profound in this year’s draft because it’s almost certain no one as good as Malone will wait 13 picks to be chosen. But there’ll be mistakes, probably involving some of these potential draft busts:

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