According to a report by ESPN's Marc Stein, the Golden State Warriors to trying to swing a trade with the Utah Jazz before Wednesday's draft lottery.
The Warriors, according to Stein's sources, are attempting to complete a deal with the Jazz that ensures Golden State's lottery pick in June will stay in the Bay Area under any circumstances.
After an April coin flip, Golden State has a 72 percent chance of seeing its first-round pick fall within the top seven of Wednesday's lottery, which would allow the Warriors to keep the pick.
But the Warriors, according to Stein's sources, are prepared to sacrifice a trade asset or two before Wednesday's lottery to make a deal with Utah that would wipe out the stipulations in place for the 28 percent possibility that the pick falls outside of the top seven.
Under the current terms, Golden State's pick must be conveyed to Utah if it's No. 8 or lower, as mandated by a previous trade with New Jersey in which the Warriors dealt a pick that the Brooklyn-bound Nets later sent to the Jazz as part of the Deron Williams blockbuster in February 2011.
The report describes the chances of a trade by Wednesday as "likely."
Among the Warriors' options to retain their 2012 pick outright is offering Utah a combination of future draft considerations, cash and/or a relaxation of the current restrictions on Utah's rights to the pick in question in either 2013 or 2014. At present, Golden State's 2013 pick is top-seven protected and its 2014 pick is top-six protected.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob revealed on local radio station KNBR two months ago that the club had engaged Utah in discussions aimed at getting "our pick back" at the March 15 trade deadline. But that was before the random drawing at the league office in late April that went in the Warriors' favor, putting them at No. 7 entering the draft lottery after Golden State tied with the Toronto Raptors for the NBA's seventh-worst record at 23-43.
BOSH STILL UNCERTAIN: When it comes to the status of the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh, nothing is a given, with the All-Star power forward still listed as being out indefinitely with the lower-abdominal strain sustained in the first half of Game 1 of the Heat's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Indiana Pacers.
Asked for clarity regarding Bosh, coach Erik Spoelstra was practically apologetic after Saturday's practice.
"Not trying to be coy," Spoelstra said, "he has to heal first, rehab."
Instead, Spoelstra said he essentially has to be cold.
"For our mental state of health," Spoelstra said, "I love you Chris, but our preparation is without him."
Based on Saturday's limited update, it is clear the clock may simply run out on Bosh. Saturday began the one-month clock on the end of the NBA season, with June 26 the latest possible date for the conclusion of the NBA Finals.
BULLS SEEKING INSURANCE FOR DENG: The seemingly annual dance to secure Luol Deng's insurance for international competition took a mildly confrontational turn Saturday.8 comments on this story
Chris Spice, a director for British Basketball, in a statement accused the Bulls of pressuring Deng to withdraw from his Olympic commitment because of his wrist injury. Spice also decried the NBA's lack of support.
NBA and Bulls officials declined to respond.
"Luol Deng is hugely committed to the British Basketball program and he has maintained this stance despite recent pressure for him not to play after injuring his wrist during the highly-demanding shortened NBA season," Spice's statement said. "We admire and support his stance."
The collective bargaining agreement prohibits the Bulls from preventing Deng to play.