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CJ McCollum on Nuggets radar, Ty Lawson training with boxer Adrien Broner

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Three of the four teams are set for the Conference Finals, with the Knicks and Pacers still battling out the final spot to see who gets to play the Miami Heat.

CJ McCollum could be your next Denver Nuggets draft pick.
CJ McCollum could be your next Denver Nuggets draft pick.

In actual basketball news, the Spurs put away the Golden State Warriors last night to advance to the Western Conference Finals; where the Memphis Grizzlies await. The Grizzlies and Spurs will kick off their series starting Sunday, May 19th, in San Antonio at 1:30 p.m. MT. The Miami Heat are waiting on either the Pacers or Knicks - I'm not sure either team has enough offense to do proper damage to the Heat.

In NBA draft news: the Nuggets still have the 27th pick in the June 27th draft, but the team might be looking to move up if you read into a Tweet from Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Lot of teams looking to talk to Lehigh's CJ McCollum. 15 total interviews scheduled. Thunder, Magic, Nuggets and Cavs already talked to him</p>&mdash; Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) <a href="">May 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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We discussed this Tweet or at least CJ McCollum previously in the comment sections of draft talk, but McCollum is a very interesting prospect who appears to be very NBA ready (I know a lot of you Stiffs like his game). Our friends over at Draft Express have McCollum slated as the No. 8 pick today. That pick belongs to the Washington Wizards - who already have John Wall and Bradley Beal set in their backcourt. The Wizards have previously traded with the Nuggets (JaVale McGee for Nene, remember?!) - perhaps another deal could be in the works?

McCollum is a nicely sized point guard, but could easily slide over to play the shooting guard spot in a George Karl offense (two point guard lineups). I could see McCollum in the Lawson role from 2009-10 where he played in 65 games and averaged 20 minutes a night. CJ could easily make Andre Miller expendable either next season or the season after - when Miller's contract can be bought out.

Check out his highlights from our guys over at Draft Express:

In other Nuggets news: Ty Lawson has been working out and training with the WBO Super Featherweight champion Adrien Broner in Las Vegas. Check out a couple of these Tweets:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Footage from me and @<a href="">tylawson3</a> hoop game going up in 5...4...3...2...1...</p>&mdash; Adrien Broner (@AdrienBroner) <a href="">May 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>A great whiteaint scary until you swimming right next to one RT @<a href="">adrienbroner</a>: Bout to give @<a href="">tylawson3</a> buckets <a href="">#strapUP</a></p>&mdash; Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3) <a href="">May 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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I'll be on the lookout for that hoops footage that Broner is promising. If you don't know a lot about the eccentric Broner - know this: he's 26-0 with 22 knockouts and has his own TV type show on YouTube that chronicles his life aka "About Billions" ... here is the trailer for his "show":

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