Latest draft trading buzz on John Collins, Bradley Beal and more

Latest draft trading buzz on John Collins, Bradley Beal and more

NBA Rumors: The latest trade rumors about Collins, Beal and more entering the draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The trade rumor mill is firing on all cylinders with the 2022 NBA Draft set for Thursday night and the free agency starting June 30.

No league has a more exciting outdoor season than the NBA. The amount of player moves, especially among quality players, is immense.

We’ve seen a lot of substantial trades during design over the past few years. So with that in mind, here’s a rundown of the latest trading buzz about notable players.

John Collins, PF, Hawks

The Hawks star has been in trade rumors seemingly every day for the past few years as Atlanta tries to find the right core to place superstar guardian Trae Young.

According to Marc Stein, “The likelihood of a trade with John Collins, according to competitive sources, is as great as it has ever been.” The Sacramento Kings have expressed interest in a trade from Collins, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Zach Harper of the Athletic reported on Wednesday that there are “some rumors the Celtics may be interested” in a trade with Collins.

Collins averaged 16.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Hawks last season. He can shoot well from the outside (37.6 percent on 3s in his career), score on the low post, rebound well and have a lot of athleticism. He’s a dynamic talent that the Hawks wouldn’t want to get rid of.

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Dejounte Murray, PG, Spurs

It doesn’t really make sense why the Spurs would be happy to trade Murray, who is a great all round player. He nearly averaged a triple-double last season with 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game.

However, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer has reported that the Hawks and Spurs have discussed a trade with Murray and Collins.

Murray has been signed for the next two seasons with a team-friendly salary cap of approximately $17 million. The Spurs should be in no rush to trade Murray. In fact, they shouldn’t even listen to offers unless rival teams are willing to overpay en masse.

DeAndre Ayton, C, Suns

DeAndre Ayton was the #1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He has played well for the Phoenix Suns, but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, they don’t see the talented center as a player with a maximum contract.

“I think they are very motivated to find a sign-and-trade and get some assets back for him,” Wojnarowski said Wednesday on ESPN† “They don’t value Ayton on a max contract.”

Where could Ayton go? James Edwards of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that the Detroit Pistons are “expected to chase” Ayton. The Pistons released their paycheck on Wednesday by exchanging Jerami Grant for the Portland Trail Blazers for a first round in 2025.

Ayton averaged a double-double in rebounds in all four seasons of his career. He scored 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in 2021-22.

Malcolm Brogdon, Myles Turner

The Pacers have several talented veterans on their roster, and two of them are point guard Malcolm Brogdon and power forward Myles Turner. Turner has been in trade rumors for years.

Shams Charania of the Athletic reported on Wednesday that “the Pacers are seriously discussing transactions involving Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner.”

Brogdon is a strong two-way watch, but staying healthy has been an issue for him throughout his career. He has played no more than 64 games in one season since 2017. Turner is a good player, but nothing special. He averaged around 12 points and seven rebounds for the past three years.

Indiana should definitely try to move these players and build a young core around Tyrese Haliburton.

Bradley Beal, SG, Wizards

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Earlier this week, a report surfaced that Beal is expected to decline his 2022-23 player option and become an unlimited free agent.

Beal is the best player that could become available in free agency this summer. He led the Eastern Conference two years ago with 31.3 points per game. He is a dynamic attacking player who shoots well from the outside and attacks the basket effectively.

The Boston Celtics are often one of the speculated destinations for Beal, given his longstanding friendship with C’s star Jayson Tatum.

What are the chances of a move to the Celtics? Jeff Goodman of the stadium spoke about Beal’s future in Washington during Wednesday night’s “Early Edition” on NBC Sports Boston.

“I think he’s forcing his way out,” Goodman said. “I think he’s tired of it. They started well this year, I think they were 10-3 or something, and then they came down to earth.

“I know that (Wizards President) Tommy Sheppard got his friend Kentavious Caldwell-Pope there in Washington, which made Beal happy, but then again, I think in a year’s time he and his agent (Mark) Bartelstein will say they want to go somewhere.” are different, and then Boston comes at the top of the list. Then it comes down to what happens this season, and Brad Stevens can give enough for Tommy Sheppard to close that deal.”

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