Notes: Jefferson says he won't be dealt; Hawks consider Yi
Updated: June 28, 2007, 6:01 PM ETBy Andy Katz | ESPN.com
NEW YORK -- As the clock for the NBA draft clicks down, some notes from in and around Madison Square Garden:• New Jersey Nets forward Richard Jefferson said the team has told him he won't be moved despite rumors of a trade to Indiana with Nenad Krstic for Jermaine O'Neal. "They told me that they would keep us together,'' Jefferson said of Vince Carter and Jason Kidd. "They said don't believe all the talk. We're not trading you. They said they want to keep the team together. I want to stay. I want to win games in New York.'' ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports that NBA front-office sources say the Indiana Pacers are still considering the deal. • A source close to the situation said that Billy Knight of Atlanta has decided not to trade the No. 3 pick and asked the representation of Yi Jianlian of about the market value of selecting the Chinese import. Throughout the day, there were expected to be heated discussions in Atlanta as to whether to select Yi or Florida's Al Horford. • Multiple sources said that the Memphis Grizzlies have locked in on Mike Conley Jr., as the choice at No. 4. Another source said the Grizzlies were considering North Carolina's Brandan Wright, which would certainly affect the rest of the lottery. Of course, if Atlanta takes Yi and leaves Horford for the Grizzlies, everything could change. • If Milwaukee's choices of Conley, Al Horford and Yi Jianlian are gone, expect the Bucks to take Georgetown's Jeff Green instead of a trade, multiple sources said. • Milwaukee has had high-level conversations with the NBA about possibly selecting Yi. Reports say Yi and his representatives do not want to play in Milwaukee. • Atlanta's trade with Seattle for No. 11 is dormant and the Hawks are leaning toward Texas A&M's Acie Law at that spot. • Multiple sources say Minnesota has six to eight potential deals on the table, but has yet to find one palatable enough to pull the trigger. • Toronto isn't planning on trading Jose Calderon, but is listening. The Raptors, which held the No. 1 pick last season, are without a pick this season. • Golden State, Charlotte, Phoenix, Portland, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Minnesota were the teams discussing the most trades. None had made one by 2 p.m. ET. • Watch where Rudy Fernandez is selected because any team taking him is making a gamble. Barcelona is expected to make Fernandez an offer and keep him overseas, meaning that Fernandez may slip into the second round without the assurance that he will be in the U.S. in the fall. Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.
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