NBA Rumors Roundup: Damian Lillard has a list of players he wants to play with, Phoenix Suns might lose their star big man, and more

The 2022 NBA Finals are tied two games each, with the Golden State Warriors winning Game 4 in Boston behind Steph Curry’s Sorcery. The “Baby-Faced Assassin” dropped 43 points and grabbed 10 rebounds with seven made 3-pointers to force the dubs back into the series.

The finals are now reduced to a two-game best-of-three series in San Francisco. If the Celtics win, it will be their 18th title, their highest ever. If the Warriors win, it would be their fourth ring in six Finals appearances in the past eight years.

43 PTS underway. Tie the series 2-2.

Relive Steph’s masterpiece.

43 PTS underway. Bind the series 2-2. Relive Steph’s masterpiece.

The remaining 28 teams want to improve for next season and are in offseason mode. Several players are on the trading block as teams try to strengthen their rosters.

Meanwhile, many organizations are trying out collegiate players to garner solid prospects for the upcoming 2022 NBA draft.

Let’s take a look at some rumors from the league over the last 24 hours.

The Washington Wizards could trade their lottery picks in the 2022 NBA draft

Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal courtside for Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals.
Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal courtside for Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals.

The Washington Wizards are in “win-now” mode and want to keep Bradley Beal for next season. They took over from Kyle Kuzma and Kristaps Porzingis last year and hope to make the playoffs with Beal and their other youngsters.

The Wizards received the 10th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft lottery and are reportedly looking to use it in the trade market.

They can now enlist an experienced player who would help them in their quest for a playoff spot. According to NBA journalist Marc Stein, the Wizards will willingly postpone their 10th overall if the right trade happens.

Toronto’s OG Anunoby could join the San Antonio Spurs

Toronto Raptors' OG Anunoby on the bench.Toronto Raptors' OG Anunoby on the bench.
Toronto Raptors’ OG Anunoby on the bench.

OG Anunoby could end up on the trade market in the summer. He was reportedly upset by the lack of touches and use in the Toronto Raptors’ new system and is looking for a chance.

Scottie Barnes was drafted in 2021 and immediately put on a show. He won the Rookie of the Year award and Anunoby fell down the pecking order.

A former NBA executive spoke to NBA Analysis Network and offered some insight into Anunoby’s future in the league. According to the report:

“If the role is a problem for OG Anunoby like it sounds, Spurs might be his best bet. They don’t have a superstar who takes a lot of shots and they could use a stronger wing to play the four alongside Keldon Johnson.”

NBA reporter lists three players Damian Lillard wants to play with

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2021-22 NBA season.Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2021-22 NBA season.
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2021-22 NBA season.

Damian Lillard barely played the 2021-22 NBA season due to a stomach injury, and the Blazers have been conducting some sort of rebuild.

They traded away CJ McCollum and didn’t acquire better plays to fight for the playoffs. Lillard is now a franchise bottom in the competitive Western Conference, where other teams are rising.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer took part in the Dunc’d On Podcast with Nate Duncan. He spoke about three players that Lillard reportedly wants to play with. He mentioned OG Anunoby of the Toronto Raptors, Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns and John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks.

Deandre Ayton may have played his last game with the Phoenix Suns

Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns during the 2021-22 season.Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns during the 2021-22 season.
Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns during the 2021-22 season.

Deandre Ayton could leave Arizona and look for a new team in the summer. He is reportedly upset by a lack of touching and his treatment as a glorified role-player.

Ayton wants to be used as the team’s star, at the heart of offense. When the Phoenix Suns didn’t renew his contract, rumors of his departure ignited.

According to The Athletic’s John Hollinger and James Edwards:

“I think it’s more than likely he’ll be on a new target next season, especially if the Suns can work out a sign-and-trade that brings back some value.

“For whatever reason, I don’t think Phoenix is ​​entirely comfortable making a big-money deal with him, and I think Ayton might be OK with going elsewhere if he can play a bigger offensive role .”

Houston Rockets could put Christian Wood on trading block ahead of NBA draft

Christian Wood of the Houston Rockets.Christian Wood of the Houston Rockets.
Christian Wood of the Houston Rockets.

The Houston Rockets have received the third pick in the NBA’s 2022 draft lottery. A consensus top 3 pick in the class is Paulo Banchero. Multiple mock drafts from major releases prompted the Rockets to pick Banchero with the third overall pick.

The Rockets are unsure about a future with forward Christian Wood, according to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto. The reason for this is a possible Banchero arrival. He reported:

“The expected arrival of Banchero could have a huge impact on the future of Christian Wood, who enters the final year of his contract at $14.3 million. Rival executives who spoke to HoopsHype expect the Rockets to use Wood’s value to gauge the trade market this summer.

“Houston needs to decide whether Wood, who turns 27 in September, should be a long-term member of the core or traded for future assets that may be a better match for Jalen Green and possibly Banchero.”

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