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OT: NBA Draft/FA Thread

Time for a dedicated NBA thread where hopes get voiced, then dashed. All NBA talk welcome.

I love draft stories like these:

The Bobcats continue to talk to teams about moving down in the draft. The Wizards continue to hope that they don't make such a move.

Why? As we just noted, the Bobcats are likely to select Robinson at No. 2, which means the Wizards' favorite player, Beal, would slide to No. 3.

Here's what has Washington worried. The most obvious trade partner for the Bobcats remains the Cavs, who could send them No. 4 and possibly No. 24 in return for No. 2. The Cavs would move to get their hands on Beal. The Bobcats then would select Robinson at No. 4, the same player they are likely to take with the No. 2 pick. The Wizards then would have to choose between Barnes and Kidd-Gilchrist.

So it shouldn't come as any surprise that late Tuesday evening, word began to "leak" out of Washington that the Wizards were getting "calls" from a number of teams that are trying to move up to No. 3 to take (drumroll, please) ... Robinson.

It's a nice shot across the Bobcats' bow by the Wizards. In essence, Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld is telling Bobcats GM Rich Cho: If you make a deal with the Cavs, don't expect your favorite player, Robinson, to be there at No. 4.

You have to love these games as we get closer and closer to draft night. It reeks of a bluff, but then again, there are a number of teams that like Robinson and the Wizards probably feel like they could nab Barnes a little later in the draft if he's going to be the consolation prize.

Kind of like the idea of MJ going against his former org.

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Still have no idea what the Mavs will do for the draft but just throwing out three names from mocks I found in a poll

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