June 17, 2011
The NBA draft is coming next Thursday and with it comes a slew of trade rumors as teams try to move up or down to make selections. The completion of the current collective bargaining agreement at month's end and the potential lockout both add extra incentive to get deals done now.
ESPN reports that the Utah Jazz is "looking for deals" and open to trading power forward Paul Millsap(notes), who averaged 17.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season, or point guard Devin Harris(notes), who averaged 15.2 points and 7.1 assists per game last year.
The site also notes that the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the Nos. 1 and 4 selections, are open to dealing that fourth pick and point guards Baron Davis(notes) or Ramon Sessions(notes). If that's true, it seems clear that the team is ready to take point guard Kyrie Irving with the first pick.