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5 NBA Draft Trades That Could Happen Tonight

A closeup of Trae Young warming up before an Oklahoma game.

NORMAN, OK - FEBRUARY 05: Trae Young #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Lloyd Noble Center on February 5, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

We're about 6 hours away from the start of the 2018 NBA Draft, which is taking place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It's shaping up to be an eventful evening. There's a lot of trade talk happening right now.

One thing appears to be clear: Moves are going to be made. Big moves are very possible, in fact. There's been a lot of speculation about teams trading up or down.

What moves are going to end up happening?

Here are five that have been discussed.

The Atlanta Hawks trade back to another team in the lottery, take Trae Young

Atlanta has the No. 3 overall pick in tonight's draft, but according to reports, the Hawks are interested in trading back. They reportedly very much like Trae Young and taking him at No. 3 could be a stretch.

ESPN's Ryen Russillo outlined this as a scenario he could see happening.

The Boston Celtics trade up to take Luka Doncic or Mo Bamba

Boston, surprisingly, is a team that's reportedly interested in trading up. I guess that actually isn't that surprising. The Celtics are loaded with assets and Danny Ainge is always looking to upgrade his roster. NBA writer Jared Weiss says Boston has been discussing a potential move up.

The Washington Wizards package the No. 15 pick and Marcin Gortat's contract for a later first round pick

Washington is reportedly interested in dumping Gortat's contract, and by packaging it with the No. 15 pick, the Wizards could get a team picking later in the first round to bite.

Atlanta and Phoenix, among other teams, are potential suitors.

Gortat recently said he thinks he'll be traded.

The Lakers make a move to trade up in the first round

Los Angeles made a move on Wednesday night, trading for Philadelphia's second round pick in this year's draft. Reports suggest the Lakers are interested in trading up in the first round. Perhaps they're acquiring future picks to do just that.

The Philadelphia 76ers trade up in the first round

The Sixers have the No. 10 overall pick in the first round. Reports have suggested that Philly is potentially interested in moving up in the lottery. However, one reporter says he thinks it's unlikely.

Philadelphia has several assets, though, and if the Sixers really like someone who's going in the top five, it's possible they could make a move with Atlanta, Memphis or Dallas.

Stay tuned.


The 2018 NBA Draft is set to begin at 7 p.m. E.T. It'll be televised on ESPN.