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The Brooklyn Nets will host the NBA draft for the first time, on Thursday at Barclays Center. They're also participating, of course. The first round begins at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN; here's what we'll be watching for:
When do they pick? The Nets hold the 22nd pick in the first round.
Any trade rumors swirling? MarShon Brooks to the Timberwolves in exchange for the No. 26 is the hot rumor right now. "Decent chance it gets done on draft [night] ... yes," ESPN.com's Chad Ford wrote in his chat with fans Wednesday.
Longtime Nets beat writer Fred Kerber tweeted that GM Billy King told him there's a "60 percent chance" the team will move up. As The Bergen (N.J.) Record points out, King has made 18 draft-day trades involving picks in the 12 years he has been an NBA GM.
What are the team's needs? The Nets are seeking some athleticism and shooting. Position-wise, they could use help on the wing, depth in the frontcourt and a backup point guard.
What are the industry's main mock drafts projecting? As of Thursday morning:
• ESPN.com's Chad Ford: Louisville center Gorgui Dieng
• NBADraft.net: Dieng
• DraftExpress.com: Duke center Mason Plumlee
If the Nets do trade up, Ford says they could be interested in Russian SF Sergey Karasev, who is projected to go 13th to the Mavericks.