Draft deals: Every year, we see teams get some extra picks in the draft due to trades. Usually, you barely pay attention. Then all the sudden, you look up, and you don't get to pick. Then it dawns on you that you dealt it away for someone on your team.
Sometimes you wonder why?
Why did Charlotte get Sean May at #13? It was originally Cleveland’s pick...however the Cavs dealt it to Phoenix for Wesley Person way back in 1997. Basically, the Cats got this pick just for plucking Jahidi White from the expansion scrapheap. So, pretty much Cleveland got Wesley Person....Phoenix got White’s bad contract off their hands....and Charlotte got White and Sean May.
How did Toronto get the #16 pick? This pick has been around the block a few times. It is originally Philly’s. The Sixers dealt it to Denver in that 3-way deal with Houston that landed Kenny Thomas in Philly and James Posey in Houston. Denver then shipped it to New Jersey as part of the sign-and-trade deal for Kenyon Martin last summer. New Jersey then gave it up to Toronto in the Vince Carter deal.
Denver had the #20 and #22 picks. How? The #22 pick was theirs. The #20 pick was the Wizards originally. They dealt it to Orlando for the draft rights to Brandon Haywood back in 2001. Orlando then dealt it to Denver for the draft rights to Jameer Nelson last year.
Why did the Suns pick #21? Simply put...they dealt out of the #7 pick last year [to Chicago] for the Bullsfirst rounder this year. Who knew Chicago would end up being so good?
I know Portland drafted #27 due to their draft day deal with Utah. My question is, how did Utah get it? Well, it was the Mavericks slot....but Dallas dealt it away to Utah for the draft rights to Pavel Podkozine last year. Utah then packaged it, along with the #6 and Detroit’s first rounder next year [in the Carlos Arroyo deal] for Portland’s #3 pick.
The Knicks sucked last year...yet they got the final pick in the first round? Well, Phoenix had the best record in the NBA....but dealt that pick to San Antonio for Leandro Barbosa back in 2003. San Antonio then dealt it to New York as part of the Nazr Mohammed deal.