Quick Bit: Leading up to Thursday night, here’s all the latest buzz surrounding the 2022 NBA Draft.

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With the NBA Finals in the rearview mirror, the attention now shifts to the NBA Draft.

Taking place on Thursday, June 23, the 2022 NBA Draft is fast approaching. As such, rumors are starting to pick up about what teams may do with their selections.

Who will the Magic take with the No. 1 pick? Which prospect will join the Thunder’s rebuild at No. 2? Will the Kings and Trail Blazers keep their pick? Which prospects are rising and which ones are falling?

Leading up to Thursday night, here’s all the latest buzz surrounding the 2022 NBA Draft.

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Grizzlies working the phones

Date: June 18

Source: Marc Stein, Substack

NBA insider Marc Stein reported that he’s heard “more and more lately” that the Grizzlies are trying hard to move up in the draft. Memphis owns two picks in the first round (Nos. 22 and 29).

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Jerami Grant an option for Blazers

Date: June 18

Source: Michael Scotto, HoopsHype

Don’t be surprised if the Trail Blazers trade the No. 7 pick. HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto reported that rival executives believe Portland will dangle its first-round pick for an immediate roster upgrade to maximize Damian Lillard’s prime and are “keeping an eye on” on Detroit’s Jerami Grant.

Grant appeared in only 47 games this season, but he was one of the league’s breakout players in 2020-21.

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Shaedon Sharpe a candidate to fall in lottery

Date: June 16

Source: Jake Fischer, Bleacher Report

Sharpe is expected to hear his name called early in the 2022 NBA Draft despite not having played a single game at Kentucky, but he could be at risk of slipping in the lottery. According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, Sharpe has been said to “underwhelm multiple teams in pre-draft workouts,” adding that his range may now begin at pick No. 8.

Sharpe was considered one of the best prospects in the 2021 high school class. TSN’s draft expert Kyle Irving had him at No. 5 in his post-lottery big board.

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