Trades are inevitably going to take place during the NBA Draft and this year’s event shouldn’t be any different. Some teams prioritize building for the future, putting an emphasis on adding young prospects in the draft.
On the other hand, there are teams that want to use the picks they possess to acquire proven talent in hopes it can improve their roster for the upcoming season.
In the days leading up to the 2021 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans conducted a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis sent Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 17 overall pick, and the No. 51 overall pick in exchange for Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, the No. 10 overall pick, and the No. 40 overall pick.
There are no shortage of teams around the league who have been mentioned in trade rumors as having interest in moving up in the 2021 NBA Draft.
The 2021 NBA Draft is set to begin on July 29 at 8 p.m. and can be streamed seen on ABC and ESPN. We are in the final stages of the pre-draft cycle, so keep a close eye on NBA trade rumors.
Following the sudden trade between the Pelicans and the Grizzlies, let’s take a look at three other teams who could concoct a trade during Thursday night’s draft.