NBA Draft Buzz: Rockets, Green, Cavaliers, Barnes, Raptors, Magic

Florida State forward Scottie Barnes

While it seems the Rockets have settled on guard Jalen Green with the No. 2 overall pick, longtime NBA draft guru Chad Ford hears that the franchise is still deciding between Green and big man Evan Mobley.

Green, who has drawn comparisons to Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine, was once seen as a contender for the No. 1 pick, though Cade Cunningham has clearly separated himself as the top option.

Playing 13 games for the G League Ignite this past year, Green averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 32.0 minutes per game.

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  • The Cavaliers may prefer Mobley if he’s available when they pick at No. 3, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com hears. Scouts and executives around the league believe that Cleveland would slot into the power forward position next to center Jarrett Allen.

  • Florida State’s Scottie Barnes has been linked to the Raptors at No. 4, according to Matt Moore of The Action Network. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Barnes rumored to be a candidate to be selected in the top-5. Moore also hears that the Magic and Kings have interest in the forward.

  • Jalen Johnson isn’t quite a lock for the lottery, though Moore (in the same piece) here’s that the forward’s stock is trending up. The Duke product is No. 12 on ESPN’s Big Board.

  • The Knicks are the team that is most likely to trade up in the NBA Draft, Moore relays in the same piece. New York has been rumored to be eyeing a top-10 draft pick, as the team holds four picks in the upcoming draft, including the No. 19 and No. 21 overall selections. Moore hears from multiple sources that the franchise is targeting a player in the low teens, though no one knows which player it is.

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Chris Crouse
As a co-owner of FortyEightMinutes.com, Chris Crouse wears many hats, including editor and marketing director. He previously covered sports business at CNBC and he has covered the NBA for various publications, including SLAM Magazine and Hoops Rumors, in addition to working on the business side of media.

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