Report: Thunder may be trying to trade up to get Florida guard Bradley Beal

Thursday June 28th, 2012

Bradley Beal Landing Bradley Beal would be a huge coup for the Western Conference champion Thunder. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Florida guard Bradley Beal had a lot of interesting things to tell's Andy Katz on Wednesday, specifically that Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti had told him during an interview at the pre-draft combine that he was interested in moving up to acquire Beal.

Other tidbits suggest that Presti is not just blowing smoke: Beal confirmed that Presti spent three days in Gainesville, Fla. during the lockout watching the Gators practice; a source told Katz that Florida coach Billy Donovan met with Presti before a playoff game in Dallas; and sources said that Presti and Donovan have had multiple phone conversations about Beal.

Of course, to get into the top five to have even a chance at drafting Beal, the Thunder would probably have to give up Sixth Man Award winner James Harden. Beal also admitted that the Denver Nuggets similarly told him that they had interest in trading up for him, and Katz writes that the San Antonio Spurs and the Atlanta Hawks also have made a number of calls to Donovan just in case they are able to trade up.

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