NBA News & Rumors Recap: NBA Draft Trade Rumors, D-Will Opts Out

The speculation surrounding the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft continues to swirl around the league with about 24 hours left before the first pick is made by the New Orleans Hornets. The only certainty heading into tomorrow’s draft is that Anthony Davis of the Kentucky Wildcats will be selected by the Hornets, but outside of Davis setting up shop in the Big Easy, there’s no telling what will happen.

As for the Los Angeles Lakers, the trade rumors involving Pau Gasol have kicked into high gear once again with the two-time NBA champion potentially closer than ever to being dealt elsewhere. With the Lakers having no picks in the first round and desperate for some younger talented, the talk of Los Angeles making a move or two to acquire some draft picks has started to gain some steam.

Talks of Gasol and of Metta World Peace being traded on draft day to secure spots in the first round may very well be a high probability. The Lakers have been rumored to be targeting draft prospects Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Quincy Miller and Perry Jones III.

Lakers Nation News

Lakers landing Mo Williams in three-way deal with Lamar Odom heading to the Clippers?

Josh Smith for Pau Gasol swap in the works?

Steve Nash not thrilled about wearing a Lakers jersey?

Metta World Peace on the trading block for a late 1st round pick?

Madison Square Garden Co. buys the Great Western Forum

NBA Draft Rumors

Thunder interested trading up in the draft to select Bradley Beal? [Hoopsworld]

Rockets attempting to land a Top 10 pick? [CBSSports]

Warriors, Nuggets talking Wilson Chandler trade for 7th pick [ProBasketballTalk]

Cavs targeting Terrance Ross? [Hoopsworld]

Rockets still trying to land Dwight Howard? [USAToday]

NBA News

New Magic GM Undecided on Dwight Howard’s future in Orlando [ESPN]

Rockets trade Samuel Dalembert and 16th pick to Bucks for 12th pick [ESPN]

Pistons send Ben Gordon to Bobcats in exchange for Corey Maggette [Hoopsworld]

T’Wolves interested in signing Brandon Roy [Yahoo Sports]

Baron Davis claims he’s coming back [ProBasketballTalk]

Ray Allen shows interest in signing with the Miami Heat [Boston.com]

Larry Bird resigns as president of basketball operations for Indiana Pacers [ESPN]

Deron Williams leaning towards re-signing with Brooklyn Nets [NBA.com]

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