This is about jockeying the draft. Tactical positioning.
I'm going to skip the obvious winner/loser storylines here. Forget the obvious underdogs who benefitted from traditional agent/team dynamics, like Waiters, Lillard, and Ross, guys who came from seemingly nowhere.
We're here to focus on the Sullinger/ Jones III slides; set up by timely injury reports that positioned two "former" top prospects to top teams that have no business getting them.
Course, I have no evidence of any of this. Pure conjecture. I only see what the senses tell me is a strange situation with clear benficiaries. Whenever there's a clear winner in a supposedly free market situation, it triggers my conspiracy theorist.
Consider the following:
1) Rookie contracts are small lump sums that don't add up to much of a long NBA career's gross net.
2) The 2012 Draft was flush with Power Forwards, so flush that Terrance Jones, a potential Top 5 pick in many other drafts, fell to mid-teens.
3) Consider OKC. Then consider Charlotte. Not all franchises are equal. Some are launching pads, while others are quagmires.
4) Wouldn't ALL agents want to position their clients at the best fit for them?
Why not send out timely, vague, medical reports to slide players to their best fit?
Sullinger to Boston? Seems either divine cioncidence, or ...orchestrated slide.
Jones III to the Thunder? Either no one wants the newest Lamar Odom, or....orchestrated slide.
Just something to consider.
The benefits are obvious. Pairing players and teams for mutual, long-term success.