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2018 NBA Draft | Trading Up For Trae Young?

Rich DeCray


On June 11, the ability to withdraw from the upcoming NBA Draft vanished. Running through every scenario possible, decision makers can begin zeroing in on top priorities for each franchise. As trade rumors begin to carry legitimate weight, the outlook for a few top prospects remains fluid. Yet, it hasn’t stopped outlets from publishing an updated Mock Draft.

The most recent instance comes from Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated. However, the only player I’m interested in is the former Oklahoma Sooner, Trae Young.

At this current point in time, the Chicago Bulls hold the No. 7 overall pick. Looking to add the best talent available, Gar Forman acquired a young point guard at the beginning at the 2017-18 season. But, the coaching staff and front office remain “less than impressed” with Kris Dunn’s work habits during the offseason. Instead of searching for a compliment to Dunn, the Bulls could easily look to supplant the 6-4 point guard in the draft.

As rumors heat up, Woo believes the most likely slot for Young is the No. 7 pick held by Chicago. It’s clear that the playmaking ability of the former Sooner remains a highly sought after trait. Add to it the a skill set that immediately changes the geometry of the floor and Young appears too good to pass on. It’s this skill set that has a few others interested in the point guard as a high draft pick.

Earlier this week, the Phoenix Suns began attempting to secure a second top-10 pick in this year’s draft according to rumor. Expected to select DeAndre Ayton with the first overall pick, the Suns would ideally like to add another top talent to the equation shortly after. Here is where the conversation becomes quite interesting as it centers around adding Young!

The Dallas Mavericks hold the No. 5 pick and remain the most likely candidate for a trade scenario. Hoping to make a push for DeAndre Jordan or DeMarcus Cousins in free agency, Mark Cuban must use the salary cap space wisely as the two demand max contracts. This notion leads one to believe the Mavs will release their pick for an experienced piece to the puzzle moving forward.

If the Suns are truly set on Young as a second top rookie, they’ll need to use their No. 16 and No. 31 picks to wrangle a selection away from a franchise with a pick inside the top eight — this is where all mock drafts place Young. It’s obviously a tall task but not an impossible one.

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