First - One of the players I'd hoped we might snag LAST year was Thabeet, but he opted not to enter the draft. Early on this year he was projected to be the 2nd or 3rd player picked, but he's fallen on many boards.
# 01. Clippers - Blake Griffin
# 02. Grizzlies - Ricky Rubio
# 03. Thunder - James Harden
# 04. Kings - Jrue Holiday
# 05. Wizards - Hasheem Thabeet
# 06. Timberwolves - Tyreke Evans
# 07. Warriors - Brandon Jennings
# 08. Knicks - Stephen Curry
# 09. Raptors - Jordan Hill
# 10. Bucks - Jonny Flynn
# 11. Nets - DeMar DeRozan
# 12. Bobcats - Earl Clark
# 13. Pacers - Ty Lawson
# 14. Suns - DeJuan Blair
Why does this matter?
The Washington Post reported that the Wizards are re-evaluating whether to take Hill at 5:
# 05. Wizards - Hasheem Thabeet or Jordan Hill?
If Washington snagged Hill, Thabeet could fall further. Would Minn. pass on him for Evans, or Curry?
Could Thabeet fall to #7?
Last year we had no backup C and Thabeet would have been a more perfect fit to our need for a shot-blocking big man, while now we have Turiaf. But if Thabeet were to fall to #7 would you pass on that?
Second - NYK is pretty high on Curry, Jennings, and is thinking about Hill as well. If Hill and Thabeet were gone at #7, and we were sitting there with a choice of the rest, we could swap picks with NYK and gain something small in return - say a another pick in this draft or the future and still end up with Jennings or Curry, or we could think bigger.
Would any of you consider trading our #7 to NYK?! From NY's point of view, they'd have back-to-back picks #7-8 and might be able to reshape their backcourt in one fell swoop. I think they'd have to at least consider it.
What would you want from the Knicks? Considering all their moves in the past year have been about manuevering for cap space next summer, I doubt that they'd take on one of our big contracts. But this is an example when we might be able to take advantage of another team's desire to clear capspace and pick off a quality player.
So, would you make a deal trading the #7 for their young PF David Lee? Some one else? Or is the chance to gamble on Jennings too tempting to pass on for an established player?