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NBA Mock Draft: Celtics trade pick for Kevin Love, Timberwolves Select Aaron Gordon

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SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making or trading "their" team's pick. We continue with the next pick in the 2014 NBA Mock Draft with Canis Hoopus selecting forward Aaron Gordon from Arizona following a trade.

Jeff Gross

NBA Mock Draft Pick #6 -- Aaron Gordon, Forward, Arizona

SB Nation's Timberwolves blog Canis Hoopus explains the pick and trade:

The Timberwolves announce a trade:

Kevin Love is traded to Boston for the 6th pick this year, the Celtics 2015 1st rounder, the Nets 2016 first rounder, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass, and Keith Bogans.

With the 6th pick in the draft, the Wolves select Aaron Gordon, from the University of Arizona.

It's always difficult to trade an All-NBA player like Kevin Love, however we felt the opportunity to get a player we identified as likely the 2nd best prospect in this draft was too good to pass up. We view Aaron Gordon as a potentially dominant two-way player who can play the wing in big lineups and succeed as a small-ball four as well. We are convinced he will soon be ready to contribute, and help us transform our defense along with Ricky Rubio at the point and the further development of Gorgui Dieng.

Brandon Bass is a professional player who will help fill the gaps in our front line, and Kelly Olynyk is someone we identified at last year's draft as someone we thought had a bright future, and nothing in his rookie year has dissuaded us. We think he will help stretch the floor for us and of course will be on an affordable rookie contract for the next three years.

The future picks add to our arsenal of assets and will hopefully result in players that will help us going forward.

MoreFull NBA Draft Coverage


1 Cleveland Cavaliers: ANDREW WIGGINS 
2 Milwaukee Bucks JABARI PARKER
3 Philadelphia 76ers DANTE EXUM
4 Orlando Magic JULIUS RANDLE
5 Utah Jazz JOEL EMBIID
6 Minnesota Timberwolves AARON GORDON
7 Los Angeles Lakers
8 Sacramento Kings
9 Charlotte Hornets
10 Philadelphia 76ers
11 Denver Nuggets
12 Orlando Magic
13 Minnesota Timberwolves
14 Phoenix Suns
15 Atlanta Hawks
16 Chicago Bulls
17 Boston Celtics
18 Phoenix Suns
19 Chicago Bulls
20 Toronto Raptors
21 Oklahoma City Thunder
22 Memphis Grizzlies
23 Utah Jazz
24 Charlotte Hornets
25 Houston Rockets
26 Miami Heat
27 Phoenix Suns
28 Los Angeles Clippers
29 Oklahoma City Thunder
30 San Antonio Spurs