TrueHoop: Chad Ford

Prospects dancing up draft boards

April, 2, 2014
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How has winning big when it matters most helped the draft stock of UConn's super guard Shabazz Napier, Wisconsin's big man Frank Kaminsky and all those NBA prospects from the Kentucky Wildcats? Chad Ford weighs in.

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In their dreams

March, 18, 2014
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Who do the Sixers dream of drafting? What about the Bucks, Magic and Celtics? And have the Lakers already identified their man? We ask Chad Ford.

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Draft madness

March, 17, 2014
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Chad Ford says that no matter what NBA GMs tell you, there's nothing like playing well in the NCAA Tournament to move up the draft board.

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Philly doubles down on tanking

February, 24, 2014
Feb 24
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Abbott By Henry Abbott
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And then there were two. Chad Ford says by trading two of their top four scorers, the 76ers have emerged as the Bucks' only rivals in the race for ping-pong balls.

Epic trade deadline

February, 3, 2014
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Abbott By Henry Abbott
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ESPN Insider Chad Ford predicts an "epic trade deadline" because of this NBA season's strange set of circumstances where many teams are tanking, and thus are willing to part with talented players.

Chad Ford mocks the 2014 draft

January, 22, 2014
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2:39
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Can we still call it the Andrew Wiggins draft, even if a lot of teams would draft Joel Embiid higher? Chad Ford on forecasting one of the best drafts in a long time.

Race to the bottom

January, 20, 2014
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Abbott By Henry Abbott
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Would an injured Kobe Bryant help or hurt the Lakers' chances of a top pick? Can the Pelicans lose enough games to get into the top five so they won't have to give the 76ers their 2014 draft pick? Chad Ford on tanking.

Accidental tankers

January, 6, 2014
Jan 6
1:53
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Chad Ford says the Kings are in a sweet position to win a top draft pick, even though they've been trying to win games. Meanwhile, simulations show it's increasingly unlikely any team other than the Bucks, Jazz, Cavaliers, Kings, 76ers, Lakers or Magic will win the top pick in the 2014 draft.

 

Board games

December, 17, 2013
12/17/13
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Abbott By Henry Abbott
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Chad Ford drops by to discuss the latest updates to his NBA draft Big Board, including Joel Embiid's rise into the top three, a top-10 freshman at UCLA and, of course, Andrew Wiggins.

Natural tanking

December, 16, 2013
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The Milwaukee Bucks had no intention to tank this year, as Kevin Arnovitz has described. But thanks to a rash of injuries, they're atop Chad Ford's Tank Rank.

Chad Ford's changing big board

November, 27, 2013
11/27/13
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Abbott By Henry Abbott
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Incredible performances bring Marcus Smart and Joel Embiid to the conversation near the top of the 2014 big board.

Bulls among the tankers?

November, 25, 2013
11/25/13
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Abbott By Henry Abbott
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The most successful tank job in NBA history came when an excellent Spurs team took advantage of David Robinson's injury to nab Tim Duncan. With Derrick Rose out, Chad Ford points out in his Tank Rank column that the Bulls have a similar opportunity.

Chad Ford: This draft "worth tanking for"

November, 11, 2013
11/11/13
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Chad Ford joins TrueHoop TV from Chicago where top NBA prospects like Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Jabari Parker are set to share the court in the Champions
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Draft Day rumblings: Will Cavs keep No. 1?

June, 27, 2013
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Here are the latest draft trade talk rumblings:

• The Cavs' top option is to trade the No. 1 overall pick for a combination of a veteran plus a 2014 lottery pick. If they can pull that off, they'll move the pick. If they can't, they'll keep attempting to move whomever they draft until all their options have been exercised. In other words, don't assume that they are keeping the player they draft at No. 1.

• The hardest asset for a team to get right now is a 2014 lottery pick. As I've written over and over this year, the 2014 draft is shaping up to be one of the strongest since 2003. There are between five to eight future All-Stars in the draft. No one wants to give away a pick next year for someone this year in a much weaker draft. I'd put the odds at 95 percent that no potential 2014 lottery pick is moved tonight.

• The teams working hardest to move up higher in the lottery are the Jazz, the Wolves and the Thunder. The Jazz appear to be targeting Lehigh's C.J. McCollum. They are offering picks 14 and 21, but they might have to give up Alec Burks if they really want to get high enough to get C.J.

The Wolves are also trying to get up very high in an attempt to land Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore. Their trade bait, as we've previously reported, is in the form of picks 9, 26 and Derrick Williams.

The Thunder are on the hunt for a big man (they like Nerlens Noel and Alex Len), but they don't have as much to offer. The assets that they're willing to move -- Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, possibly Reggie Jackson -- don't have enormous trade value. Their own pick next year won't be great, and the Mavs pick that they own is top-20 protected next year.

The Bobcats and Kings look like the two teams most willing to move down.

• A ton of teams are trying to get the Mavs' 2013 pick. The Cavs have been the most prominent suitor, but the Bucks, Hawks and Nets are also trying to get up there. In virtually every case, the target is Sergey Karasev. The biggest issue for each team is that both the Sixers and Thunder are sending signals they might take Karasev before 13.

• Later in the first round, the Celtics are trying to pick up a late-first or early-second-round pick. Sources say their target is Missouri's Phil Pressey if they decide to go big with their first pick.

• Finally, the excitement over Giannis Antetokounmpo might be fading a bit. Sources say that teams are being told that Antetokounmpo wants to come to the NBA now and doesn't want to be stashed in Greece for a couple of years. That's a problem for a number of GMs who think he's years away from being ready to play in the NBA. They don't want to start paying him on the rookie scale to sit on the bench in the D-League.

Draft buzz: Rockets shopping Robinson

June, 26, 2013
6/26/13
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By Chad Ford and Marc Stein
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Some fresh dribbles of NBA Draft chatter and corresponding trade talk:

• The Houston Rockets have been openly shopping forward Thomas Robinson in an effort to clear more cap space for a run at Dwight Howard and have been confident that they will shed Robinson's contract by Thursday night.

Houston is looking to move Robinson to a team that can absorb his salary (either because it is under the cap or possesses the requisite trade exception) and get back a first-round pick in return. And two teams appear to have emerged as serious suitors: Cleveland and Chicago. Sources close to the situation say both teams would be willing to give up a first-round pick in this draft to land Robinson, who went No. 5 overall in the 2012 draft.

The Cavs, though, have also been linked to a potential trade with Dallas for Shawn Marion and the 13th pick that could cost them the second of their two first-round picks, No. 19 overall. They've also made an unsuccessful run at Minnesota's Kevin Love and continue to send signals that they want to make a "big" trade this week. But if Cleveland doesn't need No. 19 for one of those transactions, look for them to try to acquire Robinson from the Rockets.

Sources say that the Bulls, meanwhile, also covet Robinson and are offering the 20th pick. Chicago doesn't have cap space to absorb Robinson's contract but does possess a trade exception that Robinson could slide into. If the Bulls do acquire Robinson, word is they intend to flip him to another team in a subsequent (or connected) deal.

Who would the Rockets take if they meet their objective to shed Robinson for a late first-rounder? It's virtually guaranteed to be an international player that they can stash overseas and thus keep unwanted additional salary off of their books. Russia's Sergey Karasev, Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brazil's Lucas Nogueira, Germany's Dennis Schroeder and France's Rudy Gobert are all known targets for the Rockets.

• The Wolves continue to try to move up higher in the draft to land either Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore. The latest rumbles have them reaching out to the Magic, Bobcats and Suns offering Derrick Williams and the No. 9 and No. 26 picks in return for Orlando's No. 2 pick, Charlotte's No. 4 pick or Phoenix's No. 5 pick.

• There is a growing belief that Indiana's Cody Zeller is seriously in the mix for the Bobcats at No. 4 along with Alex Len, McLemore and Otto Porter ... provided that Charlotte keeps its pick.

Bobcats GM Rich Cho is said to be a big Zeller fan, but word is he's having a tough time convincing ownership to take him at No. 4. If the Bobcats were to move a little farther down in the draft, Zeller becomes a strong possibility for Charlotte.

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