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Links: Washington Wizards rumored to be fielding offers for No. 3 pick in 2012 NBA Draft

Pictured: Madness.
Pictured: Madness.

Twas the day before the 2012 NBA Draft, and all through the land, rumors ran amok, not one of them bland. Yeah, I should stay away from rhymes. Links:

  • As you're well aware by know, rumors have been circulating that the Bobcats and Cavaliers are considering swapping their No. 2 and 4 picks, respectively, with Cleveland hoping to leapfrog the Wizards and select Bradley Beal and Charlotte, expecting Washington to take the next-best perimeter option, targeting Thomas Robinson. Well, now there's rumblings that other teams, hoping to move ahead of the Bobcats should they trade back to No. 4, are contacting the Wizards about their No. 3 pick in hopes of taking Robinson. Keeping up? No? Me neither. Help us Mike.
  • Speaking of those Bobcats-Cavs trade rumors, they haven't died down any.
  • Kelly Dwyer considers the possibility of the Bobcats trading down. [Ball Don't Lie]
  • BNIE is a little miffed by rumors that the Wizards might be considering trading down to the No. 6 spot in exchange for offloading Andray Blatche's contract onto the Trailblazers.
  • By the way, you can keep up with all the latest NBA Draft rumors at SB Nation's dedicated StoryStream. Also, if you'd like to see scouting video's of the draft's top prospects, you can do so here.
  • He may be a Dookie, but Jay Bilas knows (or always seems to know) his stuff. He thinks the Wizards should take Beal, whom he has rated as the second-best prospect in the draft, but isn't sure they'll get a chance to at No. 3 overall. [Wizards Insider]
  • We want to know, who are your top sleepers in this NBA Draft?
  • Rick Snider thinks Ernie Grunfeld's job depends on getting the No. 3 pick right. Not sure I agree with that, nor the repeated suggestion that Jan Vesely is already a bust before even his second season in the league. I never realized every player had to be an All-Star immediately in order to be considered an acceptable draft choice. [Washington Examiner]
  • Six scouts weigh in on 52 of this year's top prospects. [SI]
  • In his latest mock draft, Tom Ziller remembers something other mock drafts seem to forget: That NBA GM's are dummies. [SB Nation]
  • Kyle Weidie took part in the TrueHoop Network's mock draft. He took Bradley Beal with the Wizards' pick, and also considered who was the better for Washington: Beal, Barnes or Kidd-Gilchrist? [Truth About It]
  • Weidie also posted on why the Wizards' fate on draft night may once be determined by Michael Jordan. [Truth About It]
  • ESPN had a player from each NBA team participate in a mock draft, making the pick for their respective clubs. Chris Singleton's selection for the Wizards might surprise some people. [ESPN Insider]
  • Here's a couple mock drafts from Jeff Goodman and Matt Moore. [CBS Sports]
  • Frank Hanrahan’s final mock draft. [CSN Washington]
  • Ben Standig broke down Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a Kentucky sportswriter and wonders whether the Wiz should consider trading up a spot in the draft to ensure they get Beal.
  • Our latest edition of Better Know a 2012 Draft Pick profiles Marquette forward Jae Crowder.
  • Former UVA star Mike Scott is hoping to get selected in the first round. [Cavaliers Journal]
  • Here's a couple videos on the Wizards team site about how the front office prepares for the draft. [Part I, Part II]
  • Count this guy among those who were not thrilled with the Hornets trade. [Wiz of Awes]
  • John Wall spoke about his offseason and the trade with the Hornets as a guest on a Tampa radio show. Mike has the deets here.
  • Evidently some kids have taken to calling hotels and asking for "John Wall" before acting incredulous upon being told there are no "Walls" at said hotel. If you're like me and have the maturity of a second grader, this is awesome. [D.C. Sports Bog]