NBA Draft updates: Jazz willing to trade Harris; Kanter still in lead; Fredette to Kings?
Updates prior to the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday night in Newark, N.J.The Jazz are willing to trade point guard Devin Harris, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned. Meanwhile, Utah general manager Kevin O'Connor has become "very busy" in the last couple hours.The Jazz appear to be still leaning toward taking Turkish center Enes Kanter if he is available at No. 3. As of Thursday afternoon, though, Kanter had not been informed that Utah was going to take him.Phoenix might pass on Brigham Young guard Jimmer Fredette if he is available at No. 13. The Suns are high on Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert. However, Fredette is favored by a key Phoenix executive.New York would be highly interested in Fredette if he is still on the board at 17.Portland has a couple trade options available, but the Blazers are in the driver's seat.
Update: Fredette is a realistic option for Sacramento, now that the Kings hold the No. 10 pick after trading the No. 7 selection and getting John Salmons back in return. It initially appeared that Sacramento could draft Fredette or Kemba Walker at seven, then slide Tyreke Evans to shooting guard. Now, the Kings could keep Evans at the point, play Salmons at the 2 and allow Fredette to develop. While the pick is highly possible, it is still uncertain whether he will ultimately end up in Sacramento.
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