The Brooklyn Nets have no first-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft but are willing to move veteran forward Thaddeus Young to get one, according to NBA rumors on Thursday. Could the Toronto Raptors, who need a starting power forward, be one of the interested teams?
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Nets are actively seeking a trade for their big man and a number of teams are interested in acquiring him on draft day.
Sources: Several Western teams aggressive on Thad Young, whom Brooklyn's working to move to highest bidder. This gets Nets into first-round.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2016
It’s not clear how much the Nets value Young, who is in his prime at 28 years old. But according to Wojnarowski, there is a bidding war going on for the Nets forward and it involves Western Conference teams.
But one team looking for a starting power forward is from the East, the Toronto Raptors, which had a good showing in the last 2016 NBA Playoffs but needs help in their front court. NBA rumors have linked the Raptors to teams who are willing to give up a starting power forward earlier in the offseason.
The West teams in the early first round are the Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans but it’s highly unlikely that they are moving their picks as they are in rebuilding mode.
The ones that are trying to acquire Young are the contenders like the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors but they all pick late in the first round.
This could lead to the NBA rumors that the Raptors are aggressive in their chase a power forward in the trade market especially with Bismack Biyombo hitting free agency and to add to their starting front court with Jonas Valanciunas.