Thursday, June 26, 2008
RJ to Milwaukee; Yi to New Jersey
The first 2008 NBA Draft Day trade seems to be nearing completion, with the Bucks agreeing to trade their first-round pick from last year - Yi Jianlian - and Bobby Simmons to the Nets for Richard Jefferson. This one surprises me a little bit, with all the talk yesterday that the Bucks were ready to draft West Virginia's Joe Alexander because of his ability to speak Mandarin, as well as his athletic talent. Apparently that plan is out the window as well. I can't say I'm shocked that the Nets would trade Jefferson, though, as they are probably hoping to get under the salary cap by 2010 so they can make a run at LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, among others. Pairing Yi with Nenad Krstic will help the Nets a lot in the East and Jianlian will undoubtedly be happy about playing in a major market.