The 2014-15 NBA season wrapped up with the Golden State Warriors celebrating their first championship in front of a throng of adoring fans on Friday. Fun was had by all, and Draymond Green definitely had the most fun out of everybody.
But now that that’s over, it’s time to get back to business. Because as we all know, the NBA season isn’t REALLY over after the NBA Finals, as the NBA Draft and free agency is one of the most hectic times of the year.
The 2015 NBA Draft is this Thursday, and players are finishing up their individual workouts with teams. Mock drafts are continuously updated and people continuously debate whether X player will be a future star or a bust waiting to happen. It’s always amusing to see all the different opinions, because it shows just how much of a crapshoot the draft really is.
Draft season is also amusing because of all the leaks and smokescreens teams put out through the media. Everybody has their own agenda, and teams will do their best to try to snuff out what other teams are trying to do.
That’s how you get stuff like this:
Report: Knicks will trade pick if Okafor off the board http://t.co/R5iIZre8ea
— TheKnicksBlog.com (@theknicksblog) June 21, 2015
As noted, the original report came from Sheridan Hoops’ Chris Sheridan, who cites that this is the “intel” he’s hearing from “points near and far” as the draft rapidly approaches. Reports like this often result in massive anger or panic from fans, but people need to take a rumor like this, and many other rumors like it, with massive grains of salt. Perhaps this report is actually true, but it seems pretty asinine to think the Knicks would definitely trade out of No. 4 because this one player isn’t there for them, especially considering D’Angelo Russell would be a great fit for them if he fell.
In a similar vein as that report, we always see the general draft rumor that “Team X is willing to trade Pick No. Y.” “The Lakers will ‘entertain’ No. 2 pick trades.” “The Pistons are reportedly willing to trade the No. 8 pick.” I could give you a million (okay, maybe not a million) other examples of this, but you get the point. These reports are always out there, because of course teams are willing to consider everything. It’s in a team’s best interest to keep all their options open and not rule out anything. A GM wouldn’t be doing his job correctly if he ruled out options from the very beginning.
While many of these reports turn out to be bogus, that doesn’t make this time of the year any less exciting. It’s fun to parse through these rumors and try to find out what actually would make sense, because there’s legitimate information that can be found and you can piece together moves that make sense.
Then there’s draft night itself, which is a blast. Things never go totally as expected, and there are usually some trades that come out of nowhere, adding to the intrigue. Plus, we get to hear Jay Bilas make fun of himself because of how much he talks about wingspan and upside (takes another drink).
So get ready folks, NBA Draft season is reaching its pinnacle, acting as the tasty appetizer to the madness of free agency. Buckle up.