Trae Young is making the rounds before the NBA draft on June 21st. He is reportedly being invited to a pre-draft workout with the keepers of the number one overall pick, the Phoenix Suns.
Sources confirm: Phoenix Suns have been trying to bring in Trae Young for dinner/workout, but scheduling has made it difficult. Meeting to likely take place at some point before draft. Evidence Phoenix will be looking to add a 2nd top-10 pick.
— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) June 9, 2018
While the former Oklahoma Sooner is not predicted to be drafted that high in the draft, the Suns have brought just about everyone else predicted to be a lottery pick.
There are rumors around the league that Phoenix will try and pick up two top ten picks in an effort to build around their young talented core of Josh Jackson and Devin Booker. With the 16th and 31st pick and a slew of young talent, it isn’t crazy to think that the Suns could retain the first pick and then possibly go after Young if they fall in love with his game.
A core of Booker, Jackson and Young would excite any fanbase.
Young is also expected to participate in a private workout with the Atlanta Hawks later today. The Hawks hold the number three overall pick and may desire to trade back into the draft, possibly closer to where Young projects.
According to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, a potential move further down in the top 10 for the Hawks to acquire Young would hinge on Atlanta trading Dennis Schröder:
“There is no way the Hawks could draft Young and keep Schröder,” Cunningham writes. “Passing on the No. 3 pick to drop back for Young would come with its own risks.”
As we move closer to the draft, the former Sooner point guard projects in the same 6-9 range as he has since the mocks appeared. A few weeks ago, I went through several mock drafts after the lottery was announced:
I looked at 9 of my favorite (and I think the best) NBA mock drafts. 5 of them had Trae Young going to Orlando, 4 had him going to Cleveland. Basically whoever is drafted first — Trae or Collin Sexton — the second one will go to Cleveland.
— Brady Trantham (@BradyDoesSports) May 17, 2018
The Steph Curry comparisons have been both enticing to GMs as well as an indictment on the ‘boom-or-bust’ potential in Young’s game. While teams are certainly intrigued by the shooting and distribution talent, there is no doubt that many agree that he is one of the more inconsistent projections.
Young’s tape and talent are the most divisive amongst NBA scouts and personalities. His workouts could go a long way in reminding teams of the player who took over college basketball before the February conference schedule decline.