The Downbeat - 24 June 2010 - #257 - The Smokey Edition

  I've never seen such small fires put out so much smoke.  It seems like everyone is firing up ESPN's trade machine, plugging in whatever works and reports it as a possibility.  The trade machine just might be everyone's "inside source."  Unsurprisingly, there's not much smoke coming from the Jazz.

While there's bound to be some truth and a whole lot of discussion going on, the ratio of talk to something actually happening is lower than Stern rigging a Gasol-type trade for us.  Everyone is in such a rush to be the first to break the biggest trade that they throw anything at the wall so that they can claim something later.  That's why you'll hear a bunch of big names moving and such and such team moving up talk for the next 6-8 hours.

There's no wonder then why I can't get enough of it.

  NBADraft.net now has Greg Monroe falling to the Pacers at #10 with Udoh and Davis going to GS and Detroit.  They have the Jazz picking Babbit.  I don't think there's any way the pick Babbit over Monroe.

  Dang, the first commenter on this story stole my comment.

  If Amunu does fall, as this story suggests from HoopsWorld, do you take him over a big?

Falling

Al-Farouq Aminu - Sometimes you have to be afraid about what you ask for. Teams want more passion and fire out of Aminu and because they haven't seen it he's fallen down the boards. They'll see it once they motivate him by passing on him later tonight though. As arguably the premier small forward in the draft, Aminu is going to make teams regret they didn't make the investment in him. A draft night stumble could be a blessing in disguise for Aminu as it gives him just the extra motivation he needs going into the NBA.

  Thursday poll,

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