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Links: Washington Wizards select Bradley Beal in official SB Nation 2012 NBA mock draft

You say who is mocking me?
You say who is mocking me?

Not much news on the Wizards front, as the team's beat writers and bloggers probably spent the weekend storing up on sleep in anticipation of the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday night, so today I tried to round up some news from across the NBA for your Monday morning digest o' links:

  • SB Nation's official mock draft is in, with each of its NBA team bloggers making selections for the club they cover. At No. 3, Mike has the Wizards taking, well, I guess I spoiled that with the headline, didn't I? [SB Nation]
  • Gotta hand it to Jonathan Tjarks, he's not going to just go along with conventional wisdom for the heck of it. A few days after ranking Beal as the third best shooting guard in the draft, he's got Harrison Barnes, widely considered the second-best small forward behind Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, as just the fourth-best player at his position. [SB Nation]
  • As the draft quickly approaches, trade rumors abound, including a new one which has the Rockets frantically trying to acquire two top 10 draft picks to send to the Magic in exchange for Dwight Howard. I'd call that a blockbuster deal, were it to go down. [SB Nation]
  • Here's another story referencing rumors that the Cavaliers could trade up for the Bobcats' No. 2 selection, but it has Charlotte targeting Harrison Barnes with the No. 4 pick it would receive from Cleveland. Recent speculation has been that, should the Cavs trade up, it would be for Bradley Beal, and that the Wizards' backup plan at No. 3 should Beal be off the board would be to take Barnes. Don't you just love this time of year? [Akron Beacon Journal]
  • Harrison Barnes is looking forward to leave behind the pressure and expectations he faced at North Carolina. The NBA isn't exactly a pressure-free zone, though. [Washington Times]
  • UConn coach Jim Calhoun, who will see center Andre Drummond and wing Jeremy Lamb drafted in the first round Thursday, has a pretty good track record when it comes to producing productive NBA players. [Hartford Courant]
  • Luol Deng would not be surprised if the Bulls dealt him elsewhere. [ESPN Chicago]
  • Meanwhile, rumor is the Bulls are willing to trade Deng or Joakim Noah to move into the draft's lottery. [Sporting News]
  • The Celtics will probably look to add help along the wing with their back-to-back picks at Nos. 21 and 22, but their No. 1 offseason priority might be to resign former Hoya Jeff Green as Paul Pierce's eventual replacement at small forward. [Boston Herald]
  • Worries about Jared Sullinger's back has him plummeting down some teams' draft boards. [Columbus Dispatch]
  • The Jazz are trying to strike gold once again with the 47th overall pick in the NBA Draft. [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • The Heat will be parading in downtown Miami with the Larry O'Brien Trophy trophy today from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. IF you're into that kind of thing, the parade will be streamed live on ESPN3 and SB Nation's will have live updates on their dedicated StoryStream. [SB Nation]
  • The Hawks have offered Danny Ferry their GM job. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Holy lord. Remember back when Tony Parker got hit in the eye with some glass when he happened to be in the same club as hip hop stars/morons Chris Brown and Drake got into a fight at a SoHo nightclub? Well, now there's reports that the glass penetrated "99 percent" of Parker's left eye (Editor's note: GGAAAHHH!!!!), which he says was almost lost when he had surgery to remove the shard. He's also suing the club for $20 million, claiming lax security led to the altercation. [SB Nation]
  • Amar'e Stoudemire may be in trouble with the league after using a gay slur in response to a critical fan on Twitter. [Newsday]