Wednesday, June 27, 2007

ESPN: Suns are "the most likely winners"

From Chad Ford and Marc Stein/ESPN:
There was a growing sentiment around the league Tuesday night that the Kevin Garnett sweepstakes are nearing a conclusion and that the Phoenix Suns are the most likely winners, with two trade scenarios emerging that could potentially land Garnett in the desert by draft night.

Scenario #1: A three-team trade with Minnesota, Phoenix, and Boston.
The Wolves would receive the #5 pick and a few players.

Scenario #2: A three-team trade with Minnesota, Phoenix, and Atlanta.
The Wolves would possibly get the #3 and #11 picks from the Hawks along with "several cap-friendly contracts" from both teams. Amare Stoudemire would end up with the Hawks.

Either way, NBA front-office sources say that Garnett being moved in conjunction with Thursday's draft looks more likely than ever before, with the Suns -- identified by last week as KG's first choice for a new home -- in prime position to make the big score.

According to the article, the Lakers "haven't abandoned all hope" of landing Garnett:
Another concept in circulation Tuesday raised the possibility of a multi-team trade in which the Indiana Pacers' Jermaine O'Neal went to Atlanta, with Lakers forward Lamar Odom and young center Andrew Bynum heading to the Pacers. That package, at worst, would send the No. 3 pick in the draft to Minnesota as the main payoff for Garnett.

Andy Katz/ESPN is reporting that, according to multiple sources, the Suns were trying to get the #8 pick from Charlotte.