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The Atlanta Hawks are exploring ways to move up in the NBA Draft, perhaps as high as to No. 5, a pick currently held by the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Adrian Wojnaroski of ESPN.
The Hawks currently own the Nos. 8, 10 and 17 selections of the first round, and per Wojnarowski, general manager Travis Schlenk will try to get creative and trade at least one.
Sources have repeatedly told Amico Hoops that the Cavs are open to wheeling and dealing on draft night, and while the fifth pick hasn’t been mentioned, the Cavs may not be overly enamored with the potential prospects still available. Trading down for more picks could be something that interests them.
The same holds true of the Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls, who currently own the sixth and seventh overall selections, respectively.
According to Wojnarowski, the Suns and Bulls are hopeful of signing veteran point guards, even if they end up drafting players at that position.
Meanwhile, the Hawks are said to be looking for wing players such as Texas Tech shooting guard Jarrett Culver and Virginia small forward De’Andre Hunter. Both of those prospects are expected to be gone by the eighth overall selection.
The NBA draft is June 20, a week from Thursday.