We here at Mav blog central have an aversion to throwing slop against the wall. That's somebody else's job at this site.
But we do want to keep readers up to date on the possibilities - when we catch wind that they actually have a chance to be legitimate.
That brings us to the No. 2 pick.
Memphis owns it, but we are hearing rumors that somebody in the 6-7-8-9 range is angling to acquire Washington's pick (fifth overall) and parlay that with their own pick to move up to No. 2.
The goal: point guard Ricky Rubio.
There has simply been too much speculation floating around about Rubio (who apparently wants nothing to do with Memphis) to think that he's going to be there at No. 4 when Sacramento picks. Of the teams in the middle of the lottery, the ones that make sense for trading up would be Minnesota (sixth) and New York (eighth). Both teams have been burning up the phone lines in the last 24 hours, presumably to strike a deal with the Washington Wizards for No. 5.
When we ran these scenarios past an Eastern Conference executive, he had a one-word response: "Possibly.''
We'll keep our ears to the ground, but all readers should be forewarned and forearmed. Believe it or not, teams have been known to fib at draft time. Take everything you hear with a wary eye.