2010 Draft - Trading Down: Teams with two first rounders

One possibility for Morey this off-season might be to trade our lottery pick to go two-for-one and get two picks in this draft; there are three teams with two picks in the 15-30 range, and it's possible one of them could be interested in giving us two picks to move up in the draft (though we might need to throw in a little something extra to get the deal done).

Why would Morey do something like this?  I don't know.  I'm not him--I just know that he excels at finding talent late in the draft, and maybe he sees some guys who are being severely underrated, and would rather not reach for them.  Or maybe he'd like to break up our first-rounder into two picks so he can package one of them in a sign and trade and still have a pick in this big man-stacked draft.

If this does happen, who might we trade with?

1. Timberwolves.

Picks: #16 and #23.

Chance they're interested: Somewhat unlikely.  They do have three picks in the draft, including the #2 seed in the lottery, but is moving up to #14 from #16 really worth the 23rd pick?  They're a bad team and need depth, and if I were them, I wouldn't make the trade.  Stranger things have happened, however.

2. Thunder.

Picks: #21 and #26.

Chance they're interested: Possible.  OKC has a lot more depth than the T-Wolves, and they need a star big man to take them to the next level.  Moving up in the draft could be attractive to them, and the 21st and 26th picks are not too high a price to pay to get into the lottery.  On the other hand, Morey may be hesitant to move so far down in the draft; perhaps he could persuade them to give up their #2 second round pick as well.  Never count Morey out.

3. Grizzlies.

Picks: #25 and #28.

Chance they're interested: Very likely.  The Grizz also have the twelfth overall pick, and late first round picks aren't very valuable when your GM is not Daryl Morey.  However, Morey would be insane to give up a lottery pick for these unless the Grizzlies are giving us something else to sweeten the deal.  We need a big man, and it's very likely that all the best bigs will be gone by #25.  The most likely way I could see us trading picks with Memphis would be as part of a larger deal for one of their big men, like Marc Gasol or Hasheem Thabeet.

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