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Jermaine O'NealWith the NBA Draft being tonight, there’s a bunch of stuff going on the day of. Things like Jermaine O’Neal moving to Canada (for T.J. Ford and the 17th pick among others) and the continued rumbles about Miami not being enamored with Michael Beasley. We also have news of the Blazers trying to move up for Texas point guard, D.J. Augustin. Apparently, they are trying work a package deal with one or two of their thousands of draft picks they’ve accumulated these past few seasons.

In other words, just another day the NBA Draft office. The great thing is all of this hubbub just makes tonight’s festivities all the more interesting.

So what else can we expect? Now that Jermaine O’Neal is out of play, will Cleveland try to find another team to make a deal with or do they think they can find LeBron’s much-needed running mate with pick number 19? Currently, the belief seems to be the Cavaliers will select Robin Lopez, a serviceable player but I don’t think he’s the Robin to LeBron’s Batman he so desperately needs, except in name only.

What about the team hosting the draft? Can the New York Knicks get a player that might just let hope return to the listing franchise? How would an MSG crowd respond to the announcement Danilo Gallinari was joining their team? I would think a player like Jerryd Bayless, Russell Westbrook or Joe Alexander would impress the New York faithful more. We’ll just have to see tonight.

So there you go. Some storylines to be aware of as the day progresses — what will Miami do with their pick? Will Chicago come out smelling like a Rose or looking like a Beast(ely)?

The fun begins at 7/6 Central and I’ll be here with some live coverage. Oh yeah, here’s a nifty NBA Draft drinking game to help you enjoy the event.