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Emmanuel Mudiay Agrees To One-Year, $1.2M Deal In China

Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed upon a $1.2 million deal with Guangdong of the China Basketball Association.

Mudiay committed to SMU, but concerns of his eligibilty became an issue this month.

Mudiay is expected to be a top lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Sportando first reported news of the agreement.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Andrew Wiggins Expected To Soon Sign Rookie Deal With Cavs

Andrew Wiggins and the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to sign a contract in the coming week.

Sources say the delay in Wiggins signing his deal has nothing to do with the possibilty of being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.

The Cavaliers, sources say, are merely exploring options for using their estimated $1.4 million in remaining cap space before signing Wiggins to a contract that will pay him in the neighborhood of $5.5 million as a rookie.

Once Wiggins signs, however, league rules stipulate that the Cavs must wait 30 days before trading him.

One option under consideration for the Cavs, sources say, is using their leftover salary-cap space to create long-term contracts for recent second-round picks Joe Harris and Dwight Powell. Signing Wiggins first would preclude such moves.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

NBA Proposing New Lottery System To Balance Odds

The NBA submitted an official proposal to reform the lottery system, dismissing the Wheel idea in favor a revised weighting system that shifts each team's odds of getting the top pick.

The proposal is essentially an attempt to squeeze the lottery odds at either extreme toward a more balanced system in which all 14 teams have a relatively similar chance at the no. 1 pick, per sources familiar with the proposal.

The new proposal will give at least the four worst teams the same odds of winning the no. 1 pick, approximately 11 percent for each club. The odds decline slowly from there.

The proposal also calls for the drawing of the first six picks via the Ping-Pong ball lottery, sources say. 

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

NBA Considering Moving Back Draft, Adding Awards Show

The NBA is "very interested" in moving the draft after July 1 and packaging it with a season-ending awards show, possibly on consecutive nights.

The league would like to create more space between the end of the Finals and the draft in order to better promote the draft.

Moving the draft back will be difficult because it impacts free agency and the collective bargaining agreement. Also, the league needs to negotiate a change in the draft date with its TV partners.

The NBA season is already turning into a long year with the draft, free agency and summer league taking place shortly after the Finals.

The NHL has a season-ending awards show before its draft.

Via Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

2014 NBA Draft Draws Higher TV Rating Than 2003

The 2014 NBA Draft had a 3.1 overnight rating, which makes it the highest rated telecast since it moved to ESPN.

The rating beat the 2.7 ESPN drew in 2003.

The NBA Lottery also drew a similarly high rating, which is believed to be helped by a good draft class and the presence of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Via Darren Rovell/ESPN

Hornets Unload Haywood's Contract In Trading Powell To Cavs

The Charlotte Hornets have traded the draft rights to Dwight Powell and Brendan Haywood to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The move saves the Hornets $2.2 million.

Powell played collegiately at Stanford.

Via Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Smart Feels He Fits Alongside Rondo, Ready To Learn From Him

Marcus Smart had a feeling the Boston Celtics were leaning towards taking him with the sixth pick if he was still available.

“Actually, I did,” Smart admitted when asked if he felt the Celtics liked him. “I worked out for Boston twice. So I’ve talked with Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens a lot. They told me they were very interested in me, and if I was still on the board, there’s a chance they might pick me.”

The Celtics already have a point guard in Rajon Rondo, but Smart feels he can play alongside Rondo and also learn from him.

“Rondo is a wonderful point guard, a wonderful player. He reminds me a little bit of me. He plays defense. He’s long, his wing span, and he has big hands,” Smart said. "Just being able to learn from a guy who’s been in the league and been in my seat and my situation. It’s an amazing feeling and a great opportunity.”

Stevens and his coaching staff have decisions to make, especially with Avery Bradley in the mix as well, but Smart isn’t bothered by the fact that he may no step into a starting role.

“No, not at all,” Smart said. “I understand that you got to come in, you’ve got to earn your spot and earn your keep. That’s who I am. I like to earn things, and I work hard to get where I’m at. That’s what I’m going to continue doing."

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

Jabari Parker Happy With Bucks, Wants To ‘Stick With One Team’

It was no secret that the Milwaukee Bucks and Jabari Parker shared mutual interest and the relationship became official on Thursday when the club drafted him with the No. 2 pick.

Parker smiled when the Cleveland Cavaliers took Andrew Wiggins first overall, and new Bucks owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens spent time at the player’s table in the green room prior to the pick.

“I was just going off what I was given,” Parker said when reminded that he said Wednesday that he expected to be in Milwaukee. “They told me that they’re all in. I can’t go in with any accusations of teams not telling me anything. I just went from what was accurate.”

Parker, who is a Chicago native, will play relatively close to home. He has yet to even put on a Bucks jersey, but moments after being drafted he pledged his allegiance to the rebuilding franchise.

“They’re a young team. I feel like I can contribute right off the bat,” Parker said. “I feel like I’m going to be able to grow with that organization, and I’m trying to be a throwback player, only stick with one team.

“This might bite me in the butt years from now, but right now I just want to stick with whoever’s rolling with me."

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

Noah Vonleh Ready To Play In Pick-And-Roll With Walker

Noah Vonleh saw his draft position slide a bit on Thursday night, but was still a top-10 selection as the Charlotte Hornets took him ninth overall.

Vonleh, who told RealGM on Wednesday that he has been working on extending his range as an adjustment to the NBA, believes he fits in very well with Charlotte’s current roster.

“I think I can definitely complement [Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker], playing in the pick-and-roll with Kemba, being able to pop, hit the shot from 18 feet, step out, hit some NBA threes, catch the ball, be able to take guys off the dribble, and just use my versatility to the best of my abilities,” Vonleh said after he was drafted.

Vonleh didn’t work out for the Hornets, so he was humbled to have essentially been drafted by Michael Jordan.

“It’s a great feeling being able to be picked by the greatest to play the game,” Vonleh said. “He obviously saw something in me. I didn’t even come into Charlotte to work out, so I guess I was the best available on the board, and he saw something in me. They ended up choosing me, so I’m very blessed and excited."

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

Dante Exum, Agent Didn’t Think He’d Fall To Jazz At No. 5

Dante Exum didn’t expect to still be on the board when the Utah Jazz were on the clock with the fifth overall pic. Exum didn’t work out for the Jazz leading up to the draft.

“Looking at the draft and where I was placed, me and my agent thought that I wouldn’t get down to five,” Exum admitted. "Anything happens in the draft, and you see I’m lucky enough that Utah believed in me and picked me up at five.”

Exum will play alongside Trey Burke, who the Jazz selected in the lottery just a year ago. Exum believes his previous experience will help him work well alongside another lead guard.

“The Australian team has Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova, and I’m in that system, and those are both point guards. So you work around it.

“I already spoke to [coach Quin Snyder] and he’s excited to have me,” Exum said. “I’m excited to be there. I know we’re both going to give up something a little so everyone’s happy."

Via RealGM Staff Report

NBA Draft Archives

Aaron Gordon Excited To Go To Magic, Ready To Grow With Oladipo, Harris

Aaron Gordon felt that he worked out well for teams selecting four-to-eight, the range he felt he’d be selected.

Cavaliers Select Andrew Wiggins With No. 1 Overall Pick

Andrew Wiggins was the first overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

76ers Give Up Trying To Trade Up With Cavs

The 76ers are widely believed to want to draft Andrew Wiggins.

76ers, Celtics, Lakers Most Likely To Draft Joel Embiid

With concerns about his health, Joel Embiid is expected to fall out of the top two slots of the NBA Draft.

Raptors Discussing Trade For No. 22 With Grizzlies, Targeting Ennis

The Raptors are believed to be interested in Tyler Ennis.

RealGM Radio: Tjarks, Perna Preview NBA Draft

In this NBA Draft preview episode, host Daniel Leroux talks about Thursday's draft with RealGM's Jonathan Tjarks and Andrew Perna.

Vonleh Likes Bosh Comparison, Would Be Comfortable With 76ers

Noah Vonleh said multiple times Wednesday that he likes to be compared to Chris Bosh and that his outside shot has been a point of emphasis since the season ended.

Napier Ranks UConn Graduation Ahead Of NCAA Title, Draft Night

Shabazz Napier was a fixture on the Dean’s List during his time in college, majoring in sociology.

LaVine’s Athleticism Is A Relatively New Public Obsession

Mention the name Zach LaVine and some of the words you are most likely to hear are dunk, athleticism and explosiveness.

Smart: Decision Not To Workout For Jazz Came From Agent

Speculation has been that Marcus Smart would prefer to avoid the Jazz because they already have Trey Burke.

Parker Expects To Be Drafted 2nd Overall By Bucks

Jabari Parker said that the Bucks told him they would select him at No. 2 if he remains on the board.

Heat Trying To Move Up To Draft Shabazz Napier

LeBron James is known to be very high on Shabazz Napier, thinking he's the best point guard in the draft.

Gilbert Prefers Cavs To Draft Wiggins, Front Office Likes Parker

Dan Gilbert allowed his previous front office and Mike Brown to take Anthony Bennett, which is giving him pause this time.

Embiid In Play For 76ers, Magic; Unlikely To Fall Past Kings At No. 8

The 76ers are planning a slow rebuild, so selecting Joel Embiid with the possibility he sits out his entire rookie season as Nerlens Noel did in 13-14 is not an issue.

Cavaliers Like Orlando's Offer Of Afflalo, Nos. 4, 12 For No. 1 Pick

The Cavaliers are torn at who to pick at No. 1 if they keep the pick.

Cavaliers Continue To Be Torn Between Parker, Wiggins

David Griffin had decided to take Joel Embiid, but instead will likely pick between Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.

Danté Exum Had Brain Mapped Ahead Of Draft

Leading into the NBA Draft, Danté Exum went through a mental and physical evaluation with the Red Bull High Performance team.

Jazz Offering Derrick Favors In Package To Cavs For No. 1 Overall Pick

The Jazz presumably would pick between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker if they acquire the selection by parting with Derrick Favors.

Embiid Could Have Medical Issues Beyond Foot, Back

Joel Embiid was widely considered the top overall prospect in the 2014 NBA Draft before his foot injury.

Bucks Rule Out Embiid, Comfortable Taking Parker Or Wiggins

The Bucks will select either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins depending on who is still available after the first overall pick.
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