NBA draft rumors: Latest news on trades, first-round buzz

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The NBA draft is next week, and the rumor mill continues to stay hot. With the pool of eligible players set, teams continue to conduct workouts and do their diligence evaluating prospects and preparing for the big night. The NBA Finals are in full swing, but draft prep is still moving along behind the scenes.

Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram remain locked in as the consensus top two selections, and the Philadelphia 76ers are in the process of deciding which player to take first.

Who’s rising? Who’s falling? Who wants to make a deal?

Keep tabs on this page for the latest news and rumors.

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• The Chicago Bulls are not interested in trading Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota for the No. 5 pick unless they get Andrew Wiggins as well, reports Darren Wolfson of ESPN.

• The Celtics are interested in trading the No. 3 pick for Butler, according to ESPN.

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• The Bulls are intrigued by Providence guard Kris Dunn and could be interested in trading up to a top-five pick draft him, according to ESPN. 

• Dunn does not want to work out for teams unless he is going head-to-head against Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram or Jamal Murray, reports Chad Ford of ESPN. 

• Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine may have a fairly significant knee injury, but should still be taken in the first round, according to Basketball Insiders.

• Some people believe that Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis will need hip surgery down the line, and could slide out of the first round, according to Basketball Insiders. 

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