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Now Ford is lauding the opportunity to be the first in the world to see the next Phoenix Sun walking up to David Stern for a handshake sometime about 4:55pm on Thursday, June 27. He dreams of watching that draft pick don a Suns cap, flash those pearly whites and point to the sky over his great fortune.

Ford anticipates standing as close to the dais as possible, hoping to lock eyes with the kid and maybe even share the knuck-bump as he heads off to his first NBA interview as a Sun.

Ford loves the Suns.

Amiright, Suns fans?

Seriously though, Ford did post the names of the first ten NBA players who were invited to sit in the 'green room' on Draft Night.

Those invited are: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky); Victor Oladipo (Indiana); Otto Porter (Georgetown); Alex Len (Maryland); Anthony Bennett (UNLV); Ben McLemore (Kansas); Trey Burke (Michigan); Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse); C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) and Cody Zeller (Indiana).

Surprisingly, the top ten invited to ESPN's 'green room' are the same top ten that Ford lists on the ESPN Big Board for 2013.

Hand to mouth.

ESPN is airing the broadcast, and somehow perchance the first ten players invited are the top ten on Ford's Big Board. But Ford does introduce some room for differences, though there were none.

NBA general managers are polled to determine which players are likely to be drafted in the lottery.

In the past, the NBA has expanded the list of green room invites as the draft date nears. Typically, the NBA has invited 13-to-15 players.

This year, the league has told a number of agents it may add a few names to the list as the draft approaches.

In 2011, the NBA invited both Morris brothers to the 'green room' despite being ranked only 21 and 22 by Ford. This year, Ford names a few guys who could get the late call:

Several others players, including Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Pittsburgh's Steven Adams, UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad, Russia's Sergey Karasev, Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk and Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo, could be extended invites.

Ford inexplicably left Rudy Gobert off the list of possible late invites. Not sure how that happened, but I'm sure there will be a retraction/apology/re-write very soon. Possibly later tonight.

PHOENIX — Arizona swingman Solomon Hill and ASU forward Carrick Felix aren’t supposed to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft, but they’re arguably doing more than anyone...

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Only 6 days till the draft!

Today was upper classmen day. All but Reggie Bullock was a senior in college last year, and Bullock just finished his junior year. None of them were younger than 22, which some people consider old for an NBA draftee.

The headliner of this workout was Reggie Bullock and lucky for the media on a Saturday he didn't demand a solo workout.

"Top to bottom, this might be the deepest group we had," Ryan McDonough said after the workout. "No weak links."

Reggie Bullock

If the Suns want a 3-and-D guy at 30, Reggie Bullock might be the guy. The 22-year old junior is a swingman who's biggest attribute is shooting. He is the 11th-best 3-point shooter in UNC history at .387, making 188 of them (good for eighth in school history).

"I think the guys who can defend and shoot with size are becoming more and more valuable in the NBA now," McDonough said. Reggie fits that mold as a high percentage three-point shooter. He can also defend some twos and threes.

McDonough got good intel on the UNC guys from Kendall Marshall. Bullock and Marshall were roommates even.

Local guys

Carrick Felix made a name for himself last year at ASU by playing scrappy D and improving his shooting stroke. He is a high-energy player loved by coaches thanks to his good effort and high IQ. At the workout, Felix ran the most lines in the end-of-workout drill of anyone this month.

Felix just might be a second-rounder this year, much like Solomon Hill of UofA. Hill played all four years at UofA just like Felix did for ASU, usually a bad sign for NBA potential. But both guys may have gotten themselves into the second round consideration. He makes his money on 3-pointers from the SF position.

The list

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate College/Country Year

Reggie Bullock F 6-7 200 03/16/1991 North Carolina Junior

Carrick Felix F 6-6 203 08/17/1990 Arizona State Senior

Elias Harris F 6-8 238 07/06/1989 Gonzaga Senior

Solomon Hill F 6-7 226 03/18/1991 Arizona Senior

James Southerland F 6-8 221 04/28/1990 Syracuse Senior

Brandon Triche G 6-4 215 02/01/1991 Syracuse Senior

Notes

  • None of the players has changed their stock significantly since the end of the college season. "These workouts help, as a supplement, but I go more on film from the season."
  • Regarding mock drafts: "The guys that do them have a tough job. If the guys at the top of the draft don't know who they're picking, how can the later teams? There's no subset of players, even at 5, that you can say 'that guy won't be there'."
  • Planning for #5 being difficult: "The teams in the top 4 won't definitively decide what they're doing until they are on the clock."
  • Regarding injuries in the top 5-10: "We have the medical on all the guys, and if we had some questions we did some additional work. There are obviously guy who have had injuries and may be considered higher risk than others, so we have our medical team on it. Dr. Carter and Aaron Nelson are very thorough."
  • "Not every team will see the same medical records the same way."
  • "It is unique this year that three of the top 6, 8, 10, however you rank them, have been injured. But at least they played this year."
20130324_ajl_sa7_012

Only 6 days till the draft!

Today was upper classmen day. All but Reggie Bullock was a senior in college last year, and Bullock just finished his junior year. None of them were younger than 22, which some people consider old for an NBA draftee.

The headliner of this workout was Reggie Bullock and lucky for the media on a Saturday he didn't demand a solo workout.

"Top to bottom, this might be the deepest group we had," Ryan McDonough said after the workout. "No weak links."

Reggie Bullock

If the Suns want a 3-and-D guy at 30, Reggie Bullock might be the guy. The 22-year old junior is a swingman who's biggest attribute is shooting. He is the 11th-best 3-point shooter in UNC history at .387, making 188 of them (good for eighth in school history).

"I think the guys who can defend and shoot with size are becoming more and more valuable in the NBA now," McDonough said. Reggie fits that mold as a high percentage three-point shooter. He can also defend some twos and threes.

McDonough got good intel on the UNC guys from Kendall Marshall. Bullock and Marshall were roommates even.

Local guys

Carrick Felix made a name for himself last year at ASU by playing scrappy D and improving his shooting stroke. He is a high-energy player loved by coaches thanks to his good effort and high IQ. At the workout, Felix ran the most lines in the end-of-workout drill of anyone this month.

Felix just might be a second-rounder this year, much like Solomon Hill of UofA. Hill played all four years at UofA just like Felix did for ASU, usually a bad sign for NBA potential. But both guys may have gotten themselves into the second round consideration. He makes his money on 3-pointers from the SF position.

The list

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate College/Country Year

Reggie Bullock F 6-7 200 03/16/1991 North Carolina Junior

Carrick Felix F 6-6 203 08/17/1990 Arizona State Senior

Elias Harris F 6-8 238 07/06/1989 Gonzaga Senior

Solomon Hill F 6-7 226 03/18/1991 Arizona Senior

James Southerland F 6-8 221 04/28/1990 Syracuse Senior

Brandon Triche G 6-4 215 02/01/1991 Syracuse Senior

Notes

  • None of the players has changed their stock significantly since the end of the college season. "These workouts help, as a supplement, but I go more on film from the season."
  • Regarding mock drafts: "The guys that do them have a tough job. If the guys at the top of the draft don't know who they're picking, how can the later teams? There's no subset of players, even at 5, that you can say 'that guy won't be there'."
  • Planning for #5 being difficult: "The teams in the top 4 won't definitively decide what they're doing until they are on the clock."
  • Regarding injuries in the top 5-10: "We have the medical on all the guys, and if we had some questions we did some additional work. There are obviously guy who have had injuries and may be considered higher risk than others, so we have our medical team on it. Dr. Carter and Aaron Nelson are very thorough."
  • "Not every team will see the same medical records the same way."
  • "It is unique this year that three of the top 6, 8, 10, however you rank them, have been injured. But at least they played this year."
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With the 2013 Bright Side of the Sun Community Mock Draft just two days away, plenty of mock GMs are in a flurry to move their assets around to try and secure a roster of their liking before the draft goes live. It's been crazy how much of a response we've had to this mock draft - getting through all the emails I've received and verifying the feasibility and financial validity of dozens of mock trades is a great deal of fun and also quite exhausting. I've received a great number of trade proposals between teams, many of which I've approved and a few that I've rejected. Since tons of pieces from teams are on totally different rosters now, I decided to make an update to reveal all the trades that have been approved and completed entirely.

But first, the following are a couple other updates that I'd like to cover.

1) We still need at least four more GMs to take over the remaining drafting teams (Wizards, Pistons, Bulls, and Spurs). Please sign up in the comments below or email me ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

2) If you've been assigned a second team with a pick (one of the four above), there has been a rule change concerning you: I think it might be a little unfair to have one person in control of multiple teams' picks. As GM of the Suns, I've tried to make moves to improve Phoenix's assets. However, as commissioner, I've maintained control of some of the teams without any first round draft picks (Lakers, Miami, etc). My plan with them is to do nothing - I will not pursue any moves and have only listened to potential offers. Therefore, I propose one of the following options:

a) People can only be in charge of one team with a pick.

OR

b) People who have been assigned multiple teams WITH PICKS cannot pursue trades using their second teams. I think it just gets to be too complicated to have guys wheeling and dealing with multiple teams at their disposal. If you picked up a second team on top of your first drafting team, you cannot make trades with the second.

And in all honesty, for the sake of the mock draft, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to have a few teams (Washington, Detroit, Chicago, and San Antonio) just make their picks in a straightforward manner and not rearrange their entire rosters.

3) One other update on the rules: No trading future picks. I think if we start adding 2015 or 2017 first round picks into the mix, it sort of defeats the purpose of this mock draft. It's complicated because a future first rounder is a significant asset, however, it is worthless in this mock. Therefore, it's just easier if we leave them out of the equation entirely.

With those updates out of the way, let's now go over all of the trades that have transpired over the last couple days.

Already Transpired Trades

NOTE: The rationale for each of these moves will be explained by each GM during the live mock draft on Monday. All numbers in the following trades are draft picks.

1) OKC-Phoenix :

OKC receives Marcin Gortat + 30; Phoenix receives Nick Collison + Jeremy Lamb + 12 + 32

2) Phoenix-Sacramento:

Phoenix receives John Salmons + 7; Sacramento receives Jared Dudley + 12

3) Sacramento-New Orleans :

Sacramento receives Lance Thomas + 6; New Orleans receives Isaiah Thomas + 12

4) Phoenix-Orlando:

Phoenix receives Glen Davis + 2; Orlando receives Channing Frye + 7

5) Milwaukee-Dallas:

Milwaukee receives Marion + Carter + Crowder + rights to Petteri Kaponen + rights to Nick Calathes +13;

Dallas receives John Henson

6) Denver-Brooklyn:

Denver receives Lopez + Brooks + Evans; Brooklyn receives McGee + Miller + Koufos + Anthony Randolph + 27

7) Atlanta-Houston:

Atlanta receives Thomas Robinson; Houston receives Deshawn Stevenson + 8

8) Portland-Utah:

Portland receives 14 + 21; Utah receives Nolan Smith + 10 + 45

9) Atlanta-Portland:

Atlanta receives Wes Matthews + 21; Portland receives Lou Williams + 17

10) Portland-Cleveland:

Portland receives Anderson Varejao; Cleveland receives Lou Williams + Will Barton +17 + 40

11) Cleveland Phoenix:

Cleveland receives Jeremy Lamb; Phoenix receives 17 + 19

12) Los Angeles Clippers-Boston

LAC receives Garnett + Terry + Lee; Boston receives Jordan + Butler + Willie Green + 25

13) Phoenix-San Antonio

Phoenix receives Danny Green + Nando De Colo; San Antonio receives Michael Beasley + 17 + 57

Updated Draft Order

After all of those trades, this is now the order of the mock draft on Monday (obviously subject to more change depending on any trades approved between now and then):

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Existing GMs can now use this thread to get caught up to speed and continue negotiations with other GMs.

REMINDER: The Mock Draft will go LIVE on a new thread at 10 pm EST/7 pm PT sharp. Remember to be there!

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