2014 NBA Mock Draft: Opt-Out Edition

2014 NBA Mock Draft: Opt-Out Edition

Lots of news swirling around the NBA Draft before this Thursday's annual selection show.

Carmelo Anthony has opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks, making him the most desired free agent on the market.

Kevin Love still wants out of Minnesota, and is the most desired player in the early summer trade sweepstakes.

The Miami Heat reportedly have a June 30 deadline with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to choose their early termination options or keep their over-$20M each 2014-15 salaries.

Kansas big man Joel Embiid had foot surgery earlier this week and could take up to a full year to be 100 percent.

Dario Saric was a projected lottery pick last year, but pulled out of the draft at the last possible moment. News on Monday was that he has signed a three-year deal that will keep in him Europe.

Undoubtedly there will be lots of fireworks between now and the end of the draft. But here's how we see the first round of the draft playing out in a few short days.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers - Jabari Parker, F, Duke
  2. Milwaukee Bucks - Andrew Wiggins, F, Kansas
  3. Philadelphia 76ers - Julius Randle, F, Kentucky
  4. Orlando Magic - Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State
  5. Utah Jazz - Noah Vonleh, F, Indiana
  6. Boston Celtics - Dante Exum, G, Australia
  7. LA Lakers - Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona
  8. Sacramento Kings - James Young, F, Kentucky
  9. Charlotte Hornets (from DET) - Nik Stauskas, G, Michigan
  10. Philadelphia 76ers (from NO) - Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
  11. Denver Nuggets - Doug McDermott, F, Creighton
  12. Orlando Magic (from NYK via DEN) - Adreian Payne, F, Michigan State
  13. Minnesota Timberwolves - Zach LaVine, G, UCLA
  14. Phoenix Suns - Gary Harris, G, Michigan State
  15. Atlanta Hawks - Rodney Hood, G, Duke
  16. Chicago Bulls (from CHA) - Dario Saric, F, Croatia
  17. Boston Celtics (from BRK) - Kyle Anderson, G/F, UCLA
  18. Phoenix Suns (from WSH) - Tyler Ennis, G, Syracuse
  19. Chicago Bulls - Cleanthony Early, F, Wichita State
  20. Toronto Raptors - Jordan Clarkson, G, Missouri
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder (from DAL via HOU) - Jarnell Stokes, F, Tennessee
  22. Memphis Grizzlies - TJ Warren, F, NC State
  23. Utah Jazz (from GS) - Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse
  24. Charlotte Hornets (from POR) - Jordan Adams, G, UCLA
  25. Houston Rockets - Clint Capela, C, Switzerland
  26. Miami Heat - Shabazz Napier, G, UConn
  27. Phoenix Suns (from IND) - Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia
  28. LA Clippers - Mitch McGary, F, Michigan
  29. Oklahoma City Thunder - Patrick Young, F, Florida
  30. San Antonio Spurs - CJ Wilcox, F, Washington

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