Bobby Marks worked in the NBA for 20 years — his final five years as an assistant GM for the Brooklyn Nets. Now, he’s ESPN’s NBA Front Office Insider. He stopped by to chat about what to expect in tonight’s draft, scouting, names to watch, and some insight on the Raptors and Nets.
Below is an excerpt from our chat:
The Association: What are your expectations heading into tonight?
Bobby Marks: I don’t see much movement in the top four, as far as teams trading out. However, once we get to No. 5, this is a loaded draft, and teams throughout the first and early second could get valuable rotational players. I’m expecting this year to top the 24 trades from 2019.
TA: Any names we should keep an eye out for?
BM: Two could crack the top 20: Trey Murphy and Cam Thomas. Murphy was recruited by only Rider, West Point, and Rice, though he eventually transferred to Virginia. Thomas, out of LSU, is probably the best shooter in the draft and could fill a Jordan Clarkson-type role off the bench.
TA: What route do you think the Nets will take? Conservative with the luxury tax, look for more win-now pieces — or any chance they attach a pick with DeAndre Jordan to get his money off the books?
BM: I just don’t see No. 27 having enough value for a team to take back the $20 million owed to DeAndre Jordan. That could change, of course, if Brooklyn adds a player like Landry Shamet. Brooklyn needs to be careful diminishing their bench depth just to save money. The Nets’ luxury tax bill might be high, but that is the cost of trying to win a championship.
Read the full conversation here.
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