Feb 18, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Rodney Hood (5) shoots over Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Quinton Stephens (12) in the second half at Hank McCamish Pavilion. Duke won 68-51. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft rumors: Suns have options to move up lottery order

Which mid-lottery players the Suns might covet has been kept a secret. Word of Nik Stauskas visiting with Phoenix wasn’t followed with a public workout, but that’s been about all the noise.

If the Suns don’t think a player they like might fall to them, they will have options to choose from in terms of moving up the draft. While general manager Ryan McDonough was skeptical about the team’s ability to jump into the top-10, ESPN’s Chad Ford said in a Wednesday draft chat that the Suns did discuss trading into the No. 8 spot.

The Sacramento Kings reportedly have three trade options in place. While the teams on the other end aren’t known, ESPN’s Andy Katz reported the Kings are asking for multiple draft picks and one veteran in return for the pick. Phoenix has all of that, but it might be too much going the other way to pull the trigger. That said, based on speculation of order, it wouldn’t be surprising for all of Aaron Gordon, Doug McDermott Payton and Stauskas to be available there. Perhaps the Suns will be tempted.

The Denver Nuggets are also reportedly shopping the No. 11 pick, reports Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. Any of the wings Phoenix worked out, plus Payton and LaVine, could be options there.

Suns remain high on Rodney Hood?

Rumors before Draft-Day Eve put Rodney Hood and James Young in contention to be selected with one of the Phoenix Suns’ first-round draft picks. That hasn’t been silenced, and the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell reports that Hood visited the Suns a second time.

Hood initially took part in the Phoenix workout that had all the big names, where he was joined by Young, Zach LaVine, Gary Harris, Clint Capela and Johnny O’Bryant. Ford said in his draft chat that he’s hearing that Phoenix is targeting Hood, LaVine, T.J. Warren and Elfrid Payton with the 14th and 18th picks.

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