NEW YORK – With a lack of consensus after the first three picks, Thursday's NBA draft (7:00 ET on ESPN) with big questions about potential business throughout the first round.
Last weekend's Anthony Davis Trade Agreement between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers only added to these issues, with pelicans acquiring No. 4 in total and having a keen interest in trade negotiations with law to pick according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Since Wednesday, Memphis Grizzlies acquired the 23rd overall pick of this year's draft in a deal that sent the squad Mike Conley to Utah Jazz and the first reports suggested
Here's an overview of some of the biggest things that can shake up the festivities in the Brooklyn Barclays Center, starting from the fourth auction auction.
first Who wants Darius Garland (or other prospectus) at No. 4?
Zion Williamson to the pelicans at No. 1
The draft really begins when pelicans are back at no. 4. New Orleans VP David Griffin has field calls from teams that want to move up, with Garland as the main goal of teams hoping to get there.
• Pelicans: 1, 4 (via LAL)
• Grizzlies: 2, 23 (via UTAH)
• Cavaliers: 5, 26 (via HOU)
• Hawks: 8, 10 (via DAL), 17 (via BKN)
• Celtics: 14 (via SAC), 20 (via LAC), 22
: 15, 30 (via MIL)
• Spurs: 19, 29 (via TOR)
Complete draft order »
One of the law that has the most assets in this year's draft, Atlanta Hawks, is interested in switching two of their selections – No. 8 and 10 in total – for the fourth election, by report from ESPN's Jonathan Givony, who also noted that Knicks shot down the same package for No. 3 pick.  In addition to Atlanta, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls have also expressed interest in New Orleans "No. 4 Pick".
As the draft has been approached, it has to a large extent been considered to fall into talent after Barrett leaves the board. But Garland has been thrilling and has played just five games last season in Vanderbilt before being shut down for the rest of the season with MCL injury – and earning favorable comparisons with scoring points-shooters such as Damian Lillard and Trae Young by ESPN draft analyst Mike Schmitz.
If a team like Minnesota, Boston or Chicago – all three need spot-watch help – get the No 4 election, Garland would be the choice. But that does not mean that Garland is an automatic choice there – especially if the hawks move, because they already have a point guard for the future in Young. Virginia's Other Hunter, Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver and UNC's Coby White have also been interested in this.
On the latest Woj Poden, Wojnarowski said that the pelicans are looking for an established player in exchange for number 4, and hanging on veteran guard Jrue Holiday shows that they want to remain competitive. If someone like the Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal becomes truly available, he uses number 4 as the basis for a deal to acquire him, makes every sense in the world for New Orleans.
Beal is both a game change and under contract for the next two seasons. Outside a blockbuster Beal trade, it is difficult to find a young player with star potential who is contracted and available. Remember that almost half of the league is about to enter the free agency on June 30.
Phoenix Suns (No. 6), Bulls (No. 7) and Wolves (No. 11) have all the scoring needs that they can look to complete the draft. One problem: There may not be enough reliable PG prospects in the lottery.
Both Morant and Garland are likely to be outside the board before Phoenix. If so, the Coby White (# 8 in the ESPN's top 100 draft lists) makes the best available primary ball manager. Virginia Ty Jerome is the next PG in ESPN's rankings, but he is ranked no. – a serious gap.
Creating needs, rather than taking the best player, is always risky business – especially when it comes to teams that rebuild (they are in the lottery for a reason). But it does not prevent teams from doing so, or from moving up to trying to secure a position of need with a player they prefer.
So will one of these teams make an agreement to catch Garland or White? If both are of the board, do they consider moving back? This is something to keep track of – and not just on draft night. If Phoenix says bypassing a point guard to catch a wing player, is it a sign that they will target a floor generally in the free agency?
3rd What hawks do with all their choices?
Atlanta may be the most interesting team to watch draft night. Hawks holds picks No. 8, 10, 17, 35 and 41 (Atlantas No. 44 pick was traded to Miami Heat on Wednesday).
They really don't need to add five rookies to their list. After General Manager Travis Schlenk's successful draft a year ago, when the hawks traded back to Young (No. 5) and hit Kevin Huerter (No. 19), Atlanta is confident that it can find more contributors this time.
Perhaps you are entitled to move up to Garland or one of the wing players. They could shop back to future drafts, delaying all these young additions to the roster. There is also the possibility that Atlanta could package their choice for an established talent to enhance their young core by Young, Huerter and the great man John Collins – but as in New Orleans, one finds the right fit where it is challenging.
Last year's trade that saw Atlanta pass on Luka Doncic to select Young and add a future first round pick (now this year is number 10 pick) was evidence Schlenk has no problem making a counter-the-grain transaction. It also serves as a reminder that the hawks will be aggressive when making their best move on the draft evening, regardless of external perception.
4. What should Celtics do with all their picks?
A year ago, Celtics saw itself better than any team in the NBA to be long-term. Then Boston flared out in five games against Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs, Anthony Davis ended up with the Lakers, Kyrie Irving looks likely to go in the free office and Al Horford may go with him.
In short: Boston's future is now extremely dark. The Celtics team selects No. 14, 20, 22 and 51. The post of the week Celtics was not expected to have an interest in wearing four rookies on their roster next season. But with Irving, Horford and Marcus Morris potentially out of the picture, Boston has six return players who are 25 or younger.
If Boston chooses to do so, there is certainly player in the middle of the first round – including Gonzaga ahead Brandon Clarke, Oregon Center Bol Bol and Kentucky guard Tyler Herro – – Who can help increase the team's current young core of Jayson Tatum Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart.
But considering Boston's president of basketball, Danny Ainge, who has never been afraid to make a deal, was not surprised if the Celtics stop shaking things before draft night is over.
5th Will the candidates with rooster restrictions move up or down?
Making successful picks in the 20s or later in the draft is usually considered a bonus, not a necessity. It is difficult to find reliable lottery talent that can help a win win. But there is an increased pressure on three teams – the Philadelphia 76ers, the Golden State Warriors and the Brooklyn Nets – to pull off the difficult task on Thursday night.
Get ready for Zion, Morant and more.
Philly needs a better bench, and hitting relatively cheap draft picks would be a good way to build that depth. Sixers received immediate grants from 2018's 26 Landry Shamet before sending him out of Tobias Harris trade at the February deadline. Now, as they are considering spending well in the luxury treasure to keep free agents Harris, Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick, they have to get away from draft night with one or two potential spin players for 2019-20.
They keep picking Nos. 24, 33, 34 and 42, giving Sixers a few paths to wear. In a customer they pack some of these choices together to move up and get a certain guy they like. In another, they could use all four and get several pieces in the apple to find another player or two like the Shamet.
One thing that helps Philadelphia's decision-making: The ruster is so thin behind the beginning of the starry five that there is no need to worry about the position value. Sixers just need to find guys who can go in and play.
Meanwhile, Golden State only needs bodies. If Klay Thompson and / or Kevin Durant come back, Warriors will be over the cap with a team that was already narrow the past year when both were healthy. After damage to the NBA finals, they will probably miss the most or the entire next season. With Shaun Livingston possibly going beyond that, the warriors have to find cheap options to replenish the rotation. Their choice of No. 28 takes on more weight now, whether they choose it or make a move.
Then there is the net and hopes it will be rich in free agencies with a couple of maximum contract stars after sending two first round picks to the hawks to dump Allen Crabbe's contract earlier this month. Big expenses so you need to find cheap contributors on long-term deals to play around them – something the internet has been successful with in recent years by choosing Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert and Rodions Kurucs in the 20th and later.
The net will hope to beat gold again this year if they use their picks on numbers 27 and 31 or pack them for more desirable pieces.