Found June 28, 2012 on Crossover Chronicles:
Just hours away from the start of the NBA Draft news came swirling out that the Oklahoma City Thunder, who just made the NBA Finals, were interested in trading into the top of the lottery to draft Florida guard Bradley Beal.  In fact, ESPN is reporting that Beal told Henry Abbott that during Wednesday's media session in New York. "Beal told ESPN.com Wednesday that Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti told him during an interview in Chicago that he was interested in trying to move up to draft him. The Thunder's first-round pick isn't until No. 28." The natural reaction would be to say that Oklahoma City is willing to part with James Harden, who is due for a big raise this summer or next, in order to draft Beal who is younger, cheaper and may have a higher ceiling than Harden (though that's debateable).  He would also allow the Thunder to keep Serge Ibaka without going in to the deep end of the luxury tax.  So on paper it makes sense.  However, today...
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