Draft Rumors: Spurs Aim For Lottery

The Spurs are targeting the No. 10 pick (Milwaukee) or the No. 12 pick (Utah) to move up from their spot at No. 29.

The Spurs are offering reserve point guard George Hill as bait to see if there’s a chance they can get a higher pick and choose center prospect Jonas Valanciunas, who is expected to stay overseas with a tricky contract buyout situation. The Bucks, who already have Brandon Jennings as their starting point guard and veteran Keyon Dooling as a backup, aren’t interested in this deal. The Jazz may still be weighing such an offer.

The Rockets-Pistons trade rumor from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com has Houston swapping its two first-round picks (No. 14 and 23) with Detroit to claim the No. 8 spot. If the trade goes through, the Rockets would be looking to add a big man (perhaps Tristan Thompson or Bismack Biyombo) while the Pistons have their eye on Cleveland State point guard Norris Cole at the No. 24 spot.

More details from Berger’s CBSSports.com are below:

Specifically, Berger reports that talks have opened with the Detroit Pistons in a two-for-one swap that would allow the Rockets to get what they really want: a big man. Berger reports that late-riser Tristan Thompson is at the top of the list, along with Congolese phenom Bismack Biyombo.

The Pistons don’t have an outstanding need beyond getting rid of their locker room-cancer vets, so this makes sense. It puts the Pistons in a position to gain more depth without getting stuck with a pick that’s too good not to take, but only in a draft this low on star power. Still, that eight spot will have one of several good prospects available, especially with some of the reaches being discussed. However, it sounds like Detroit’s not the only team Houston is chatting with in an attempt to move up.

Additionally, Berger reports, the Rockets may also be talking with the Bucks in an effort to land the No. 10 pick.


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  2. jason says:

    Spurs should of traded jefferson and kept hill he was doing better then jefferson why didnt dejuan play much in the playoffs he was great through out the season dont trade tony hes got juice left go for dwight howard or nene another leader so when duncan retires they will have a rebirth of players to win

  3. George Hill says:

    I dont think they should give up Hill. We already have enough big guys. Yet if they do give up Hill, that might give Chris Quinn some needed minutes.

  4. Mike says:

    Dag Nam it!! Why are the Spurs giving up talent like Hill for more size in their front court?!! Get rid of that bloated Richard Jefferson.

  5. SPURS ALL DAY says:

    but at #12 i dont Jonas would still be available. i consider him a top five pick.

  6. follow @Ralph9nelson says:

    miami needs to trade for a lottery

  7. mybloodissilverandblack says:

    Was that legit? I mean, RC Buford, the Spurs’ GM, already denied “shopping anyone.”

    • SPURS ALL DAY says:

      whered you hear that, i would not mind trading geroge to maybe one day get that 19 yr old center.

  8. Stan says:

    pistons need to find out who is playing point guard and center. They’re roster doesn’t look bad, it is most likely bad coaching.

  9. Lacedogg says:

    the Pistons are so irrelevant in the nba now. They need to break down that entire roster before they can even think about rebuilding it

    • Spectator says:

      @Lacedogg – yep, i don’t even understand their roster.

    • robbay2 says:

      yep, very correct.

      their roster is so cluttered it isnt even funny, and taking a potential talent at 8 would stunt whoever’s growth it would be.

      fire dumars for piston’s sake.

    • jwy of Singapore says: