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NBA Draft Notes & Rumors!!
The NBA Draft is tonight at 7:30 on ESPN, and in the hours and days before the draft, there is much action going on in the league.
The moves began on June 20 when the New Orleans Hornets sent former Laker Trevor Ariza and center Emeka Okafor to the Washington Wizards for forward Rashard Lewis and a 2012 second-round draft pick.
Trades continued this week as the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired forward Chase Budinger and the rights to forward Lior Eliyahu from Houston for the 18th overall draft pick in the draft, and Detroit traded their shooting guard Ben Gordon and a future first-round draft choice to the Bobcats for guard Corey Maggette.
The Rockets then traded center Samuel Dalembert, this years 14th overall draft pick, a future second-round draft pick and cash considerations to Milwaukee for forward Jon Brockman, forward Jon Leuer, guard Shaun Livingston and the 12th overall pick.
The Rockets are rumored to be compiling as many assets as they can to trade for superstar Dwight Howard.
The biggest rumored trade at the moment has former Maverick Lamar Odom being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers with Mo Williams going to the Utah Jazz in a three way trade.
The New Orleans will almost surely pick Kansas power forward Anthony Davis with the number one pick.
After that, the number two pick is is up in the air, as the Charlotte Bobcats decide whether to trade the pick or keep it and possibly choose Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are both without first round picks, after trades that leave fans of both teams scratching their heads.
The Knicks lost their first round pick after trading it to Houston for Tracy McGrady several years ago, and the Nets traded away the number six pick in the draft during the season to the Portland Trailblazers for Gerald Wallace, who elected for free agency this summer.
The NBA Draft held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey can be seen on ESPN tonight at 7:30pm.