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On Thursday, June 27, the Phoenix Suns will participate in the 2013 NBA Draft. Just four days later, the summer free agency period begins in earnest, though no deals can be signed for up to two weeks later.

This is a huge week for the Suns franchise, and lots of fake rumors and not-yet-fizzled trade "negotiations" will be rumored in that time with almost nothing coming to fruition.

So far, the Suns are apparently...

  • trading down in the shallowest draft in years, including an acquisition of Derrick Williams, who is not much better than SuperCoolBeas
  • signing J.R. Smith to play alongside SuperCoolBeas and Derrick Williams to solve the wing problems with really inefficient play. Sounds smart right? lol.
  • looking to draft PG Michael Carter-Williams with the 5th pick (or a traded-down pick)
  • looking to draft PG Pierre Jackson with the #30 pick

Rules

1) if you see a rumor, post it here

2) if you get it off twitter, BE CAREFUL. A lot of fake accounts are made this time of year. Already, the JR Smith rumor was proliferated by a fake Stein account. The real account: ESPNSteinLine. The fake account: ESPNStienLine. The same will be done in various ways to every major journalist that breaks stories. BE CAREFUL!

That's it. That's all the rules!

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If the 2013 NBA Draft this Thursday has even half the amount of action the first ever Bright Side Community Mock Draft had, it would be the wildest draft night of all time. The amount of craziness that ensued as part of this mock draft was...crazy.

But without further ado, let's take a look at the moves every team made:

ATLANTA - stevedavis_

Trades:

1) Deshawn Stevenson + 18 to Houston for Thomas Robinson

2) Lou Williams + 17 to Portland for Wes Matthews + 21

3) John Jenkins + Mike Scott + 21 to Minnesota for Stiemsma + 26

Draft Picks:

#26: Kelly Olynyk

Overall changes:

Out: Stevenson, Williams, Jenkins, Mike Scott, 17 (Gobert), 18 (Adetokunbo)

In: Thomas Robinson, Wes Matthews, 26 (Olynyk)

BOSTON - arvin123

Trades:

Garnett + Terry + Courtney Lee to LA Clippers for Deandre Jordan + Butler + Willie Green + 25

Draft Picks:

#16: Gorgui Dieng

#25: Ricky Ledo

BROOKLYN - Richard Bowman

Trades:

Lopez + Reggie Evans + Marshon Brooks to Denver for McGee + Koufos + Andre Miller + Anthony Randolph + 27

Draft Picks:

#22: Tim Hardaway, Jr.

#27: Lucas Nogueira


CHARLOTTE - sunfromunder

Trades: None
Draft Picks:

#4: Alex Len

CHICAGO - babypa

Trades: None
Draft Picks:

#20: Mason Plumlee


CLEVELAND - Suns Fan For Life

Trades:

1) Varejao to Portland for Lou Williams + Will Barton + 17 + 40

2) 17 + 19 to Phoenix for Jeremy Lamb

3) Waiters + Gee to Washington for Ariza + 6

Draft Picks:

#1: Otto Porter

#6: CJ McCollum

Overall Changes:

Out: Varejao, Waiters, Gee, 19 (Franklin)

In: Lou Williams, Jeremy Lamb, Will Barton, Ariza, 6 (McCollum), 40, 1 (own draft pick - Porter)

DALLAS - jc79

Trades:

Marion + Carter + Crowder + rights to Petteri Kaponen + rights to Nick Calathes +13 (Karasev) + $3 million in cash to Milwaukee for John Henson

Draft Picks: None
Overall Changes:

Salary dump (only Henson, Nowitzki, and Jared Cunningham remain on books)

DENVER - BringBackBarkley17

Trades:

McGee + Koufos + Andre Miller + Anthony Randolph + 27 (Noguiera) to Brooklyn for Lopez + Reggie Evans + Marshon Brooks

Draft Picks: None

DETROIT - nateman48

Trades: (to be executed after June 30)

Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Jonas Jerebko, Viacheslav Kravtsov, and draft rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (8) to Indiana for Granger, Lance Stephenson, George Hill, and draft rights to Tony Mitchell (23)

Draft Picks:

#8: Caldwell-Pope (traded to Indiana)

HOUSTON - jc79

Trades:

Thomas Robinson for Deshawn Stevenson + #18

Draft Picks:

#18: Giannis Adetokunbo

INDIANA - khalid.h

Trades: (to be executed after June 30)

Granger, Lance Stephenson, George Hill, and draft rights to Tony Mitchell (23) to Detroit for Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Jonas Jerebko, Viacheslav Kravtsov, and draft rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Draft Picks:

#23: Tony Mitchell (traded to Detroit)

LA CLIPPERS - blank_38

Trades:

Deandre Jordan + Butler + Willie Green + 25 (Ledo) to Boston for Garnett + Terry + Courtney Lee

Draft Picks: None

MILWAUKEE - gallen89

Trades:

1) John Henson to Dallas for Marion + Carter + Crowder + rights to Petteri Kaponen + rights to Nick Calathes +13 + $3 million in cash

2) Udoh + 13 + 15 to Minnesota for 9 + 21 + 52 + rights to Nemanja Bjelica

Draft Picks:

#9: Anthony Bennett

#21: Tony Snell

Overall Changes:

Out: John Henson, 15 (Adams), Udoh

In: Marion, Carter, Crowder, rights to Petteri Kaponen and Nick Calathes, 9 (Bennett), 21 (Snell), Rights to Nemanja Bjelica

MINNESOTA - STUPID KERR

Trades:

9 (Bennett) + 21 (Snell) + 52 + rights to Nemanja Bjelica to Milwaukee for Udoh + 13 (Karasev) + 15 (Adams)

Draft Picks:

#13: Sergey Karasev

#15: Steven Adams

NEW ORLEANS - hoiberg

Trades:

Lance Thomas + 12 (Muhammad) to Sacramento for Isaiah Thomas + 6 (McCollum)

Draft Picks:

#12: Shabazz Muhammad

NEW YORK - The Solution

Trades: None
Draft Picks:

#24: Glen Rice Jr.

OKLAHOMA CITY - jack.kremmer22

Trades:

Nick Collison + Jeremy Lamb + 12 (Muhammad) to Phoenix for Marcin Gortat + 30 (Bullock)

Draft Picks:

#29: Mike Muscala

#30: Reggie Bullock

ORLANDO - Eric Fong

Trades:

Glen Davis + 2 (Noel) to Phoenix for Channing Frye + 7 (Burke)

Draft Picks:
#7: Trey Burke


PHILADELPHIA - phxpurple

Trades: None
Draft Picks:
#11: Dennis Schroeder


PHOENIX - Richard Parker

Trades:

1) Marcin Gortat + 30 to Oklahoma City for Nick Collison + Jeremy Lamb + 12

2) Jared Dudley + 12 to Sacramento for John Salmons + 7

3) Channing Frye + 7 to Orlando for Glen Davis + 2

4) Jeremy Lamb to Cleveland for 17 + 19

5) Michael Beasley + 17 + 57 to San Antonio for Danny Green + Nando de Colo

Draft Picks:

#2: Nerlens Noel

#5: Ben McLemore

#19: Jamaal Franklin

Overall Changes:

Out: Gortat, Dudley, Beasley, Frye, 30 (Bullock), 57

In: Salmons, Glen Davis, Nick Collison, Danny Green, de Colo, 2 (Noel), 5 (own pick - McLemore), 19 (Franklin), and 32

PORTLAND - PanameZoo

Trades:

1) Nolan Smith + 10 + 45 to Utah for 14 + 21

2) Wes Matthews + 21 to Atlanta for Lou Williams + 17

3) Lou Williams + Will Barton + 17 + 40 to Cleveland for Anderson Varejao

Draft Picks:
#14: Cody Zeller

Overall Changes:

Out: Nolan Smith, Matthews, Barton, 10 (Carter-Williams), 40, 45

In: Varejao, 14 (Zeller)

SACRAMENTO - brawadis

Trades:
1) John Salmons + 7 to Phoenix for Jared Dudley + 12

2) Isaiah Thomas + 12 to New Orleans for Lance Thomas + 6

3) Cousins + Fredette + Thornton + Patterson + 6 to Washington for Beal + Nene + 3

Draft Picks:
#3: Alex Len

Overall Changes:
Out: Salmons, Isaiah Thomas, Cousins, Thornton, Fredette, Patterson, 7 (Burke)
In: Beal, Dudley, Nene, Lance Thomas, 3 (Len)


SAN ANTONIO - y2kctiger

Trades:
Danny Green + Nando de Colo to Phoenix for Michael Beasley + 17 + 57

Draft Picks:

#17: Rudy Gobert

#28: Allen Crabbe

UTAH - Air Deke

Trades:
14 (Zeller) + 21 (Snell) to Portland for 10 + 45 + Nolan Smith

Draft Picks:
#10: Michael Carter-Williams


WASHINGTON - blank_38

Trades:
1) Beal + Nene + 3 (Len) to Sacramento for Demarcus Cousins + Marcus Thornton + Fredette + Patterson + 6

2) Ariza + 6 (McCollum) to Cleveland for Dion Waiters + Alonzo Gee

Draft Picks: None

Overall Changes:
Out: Beal, Nene, Ariza, 3 (Len)
In: Cousins, Thornton, Fredette, Patterson, Waiters, Gee


Teams with no first round picks and made no trades: Golden State, LA Lakers, Memphis, Miami, and Toronto

ALL FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS:

Team Team GM Selection
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Suns Fan For Life Otto Porter
2 Phoenix Suns Richard Parker Nerlens Noel
3 Sacramento Kings brawadis Alex Len
4 Charlotte Bobcats sunfromunder Victor Oladipo
5 Phoenix Suns Richard Parker Ben McLemore
6 Cleveland Cavaliers Suns Fan For Life CJ McCollum
7 Orlando Magic Eric Fong Trey Burke
8 Detroit Pistons nateman48 Kentavius Caldwell-Pope
9 Milwaukee Bucks gallen89 Anthony Bennett
10 Utah Jazz Air Deke Michael Carter-Williams
11 Philadelphia 76ers phxpurple Dennis Schroeder
12 New Orleans Pelicans hoiberg Shabazz Muhammad
13 Minnesota Timberwolves STUPID KERR Sergey Karasev
14 Portland Trail Blazers PanameZoo Cody Zeller
15 Minnesota Timberwolves STUPID KERR Steven Adams
16 Boston Celtics arvin123 Gorgui Dieng
17 San Antonio Spurs y2kctiger Rudy Gobert
18 Houston Rockets jc79 Giannis Adetokunbo
19 Phoenix Suns Richard Parker Jamaal Franklin
20 Chicago Bulls babypa Mason Plumlee
21 Milwaukee Bucks gallen89 Tony Snell
22 Brooklyn Nets Richard Bowman Tim Hardaway Jr.
23 Indiana Pacers khalid.h Tony Mitchell
24 New York Knicks The Solution Glen Rice Jr.
25 Boston Celtics arvin123 Ricky Ledo
26 Atlanta Hawks stevedavis_ Kelly Olynyk
27 Brooklyn Nets Richard Bowman Lucas Noguiera
28 San Antonio Spurs y2kctiger Allen Crabbe
29 Oklahoma City Thunder jack.kremer22 Mike Muscala
30 Oklahoma City Thunder jack.kremer22 Reggie Bullock

So there you have it...what did you all think of the whole mock draft/armchair GM/rosterbation party experience?

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Alex Len

Len has had a meteoric rise to the top after impressive combine measurements and pre-draft workouts... or not. Despite being hobbled by a stress fracture in his left ankle that precluded him from participating in these events there is murmuring that Len might be the #1 overall pick. Maybe he interviews well? The Suns had a chance to figure that out firsthand when Len was among the highest profile workout group that came to Phoenix on June 5th as documented in this BSotS workout update.

Measurables

*Len's injury prevented him from regular combine measurements.

Height: 7' 1" (reported to be every inch of this)

Weight: 255 (Len entered last season at 255, but lost weight during the season... then had an adverse reaction to anesthesia which caused additional weight loss. Right now his weight is in the 240-250 range.)

Wingspan: 7' 3.5" (confirmed)

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Len may be capitalizing on falling stock from other players, then again he just might be the best player in the draft. His combination of size, mobility and physical tools make him a coveted specimen at the NBA level. Although his game is still somewhat raw he seared it a little around the edges last season by improving across the board. Unlike his counterparts among the draft class pantheon, no bad news has been good news for Len.

There is no posse. There is nobody trying to puppet his actions with questionable advice. He didn't decline an interview with the Suns because the fifth pick was beneath him. He doesn't have people questioning his heart and effort. With a slew of pros and an absence of cons it's not hard to be enamored with the young man.

Having just turned 20 (June 16th) his growth propitiates an upside that could make him an elite big at the NBA level. All recent indications suggest that Len will likely be gone when the Suns are on the clock, but if he falls to five I'm guessing he won't fall further.



Tony Mitchell

I know what you're thinking. Why the hell would the Suns draft another power forward? There's already a surfeit of fours on the roster. Well, maybe because they're hoping to get one that can actually play.

With Scola hopefully possibly gone this summer and an underwhelming cast behind him maybe a dice roll on a player with a better NBA body and athleticism is worth another look.

Measurables

Age: 21

Height: 6' 8.75" with shoes (since players don't play barefoot... except for Mike Miller draining threes)

Weight: 236

Standing Reach: 8' 10.5" (more important than height since players don't rebound or defend with the top of their heads)

Wingspan: 7' 2.5"

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How do these numbers compare to Markieff Morris coming out of college? They're actually pretty similar... except that Mitchell is younger, leaner, stronger and beats Morris by about 4" on wingspan and 6" on vertical jump. So what gives with the late first/early second projection?

Despite his body, athleticism, rebounding and shot blocking, Mitchell went through a significant regression his sophomore season (which a coaching change may have contributed to) and lacks offensive polish. Another area of concern is his questionable work ethic. He would be a work in progress, but at least the foundation isn't quicksand.

Mitchell visited the Suns for a workout on June 10th, as documented by Brightside's own Kris Habbas. Check out Kris's input and why he agrees with me that Mitchell would be a steal at #30.



C.J. McCollum

McCollum is on my wish list if the Suns acquire a second lottery pick in this year's draft. Before explaining why, here's the most likely scenario for him to don the (do we still have any) purple and orange.

Suns acquire Joel Freeland and #10 for Marcin Gortat (handshake deal). A combination (two out of three) of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Carter-Williams and/or Steven Adams jumps ahead of McCollum so that he falls to this selection. My vision may be doomed to failure, a la savagely beating monkeys with wrenches, due to the fact that the Suns have been rumored to have interest in multiple players from the above list. At least if the Suns pick #10 they should get one of their men.

Measurables

Age: 21

Height: 6' 3.25" with shoes

Weight: 197

Standing Reach: 8' 0.5"

Wingspan: 6' 6.25"

McCollum's combine measurements are eerily similar to last year's phenom Damian Lillard. Despite the matching physical profile, though, they are different players. McCollum lacks blow by speed, though he does have a quick first step, and has to use more body control and craftiness to attack the rim. McCollum is also not a prolific passer, having averaged just 2.9 assists per game last season.

What the two do have in common is an ability to put the biscuit in the basket. Not only is McCollum a pure scorer with the ability to create his own offense, but his shooting percentages are higher across the board than Lillard's were entering the draft. McCollum is a plus rebounder and has a high basketball IQ. In a draft class lacking skilled offensive players it is possible that McCollum may ascend to the top in that respect. The recent success of players from small schools who have made it big in the NBA, such as the aforementioned Lillard and Stephen Curry, have allayed some of the taboo associated with using lottery picks on small school gambles.

Hit this link for Dave King's quips about McCollum's workout for the Suns, including his stance on competing in workouts...

"I'm not running from anybody," C.J. McCollum said when asked about playing against the other point guards. "I'm working out against whoever. We're all basketball players, so there should be nothing to hide."

Except for players at the top of the big board who avoid competition like cockroaches scurrying away when the lights are turned on...



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So there you go, three players who would probably make fine additions to the Phoenix Suns, but probably won't end up on the team. If Len goes top four, McCollum top eight and Mitchell top 25 it will take some maneuvering for them to be sporting a Suns' cap on Thursday night.

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