NBA Draft Wiretap

Fultz, Giles, Jackson, Smith, Ntilikina Comprise Top-5 Of ESPN's First 2017 Mock Draft

Aug 23, 2016 2:40 PM

Chad Ford of ESPN has Markelle Fultz going first overall in his 2017 NBA Mock Draft, Version 1.0.

Fultz will be a freshman point guard at Washington.

Harry Giles, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith and Frank Ntilikina round out the top-5. Ford has Jackson ranked No. 1 on his current Big Board.

1. 76ers: Markelle Fultz
2. Celtics (via Nets): Harry Giles
3. Lakers: Josh Jackson
4. Suns: Dennis Smith
5. Kings: Frank Ntilikina
6. Nuggets: Jonathan Isaac
7. Magic: Lonzo Ball
8. Pelicans: Jayson Tatum
9. Heat: Ivan Rabb
10. Bucks: De'Aaron Fox
11. Wolves: Terrance Ferguson
12. Bulls: Jarrett Allen
13. Mavericks: Marques Bolden
14. Knicks: Malik Monk
15. Wizards: Edrice Adebayo
16. Rockets: Edmond Sumner
17. Hornets: OG Anunoby
18. Nuggets (via Grizzlies): Lauri Markkanen
19. Hawks: Omer Yurtseven
20. Thunder: Carlton Bragg
21. Pacers: Tyler Lydon
22. Jazz: Rodions Kurucs
23. Pistons: Grayson Allen
24. Blazers: Isaiah Hartenstein
25. Raptors: Jonathan Jeanne
26. Nets (via Celtics): Miles Bridges
27. Raptors (via Clippers): Kostja Mushidi
28. Cavs: Thomas Bryant
29. Spurs: Jaron Blossomgame
30. Jazz (via Warriors): Jalen Brunson

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ESPN's NBA Draft Big Board Top-15 Includes 12 Freshmen

Aug 4, 2016 1:11 PM

Josh Jackson, Harry Giles and Markelle Fultz headline ESPN's first Big Board for the 2017 NBA Draft class.

Eleven of the top 15 prospects are incoming freshmen, which shows the potentially historical nature of the class. (Star indicates incoming freshman)

1. Josh Jackson*

2. Harry Giles*

3. Markelle Fultz*

4. Dennis Smith*

5. Frank Nitilikina

6. Lonzo Ball*

7. Jayson Tatum*

8. Jonathan Isaac*

9. De'Aaron Fox*

10. Ivan Rabb

11. Jarrett Allen*

12. Edrice Adebayo*

13. Marques Bolden*

14. Edmon Sumner

15. Malik Monk*

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Wolves Offered No. 5, Ricky Rubio To Bulls For Jimmy Butler Before Kris Dunn Slid

Jun 24, 2016 8:33 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly drafted Kris Dunn at No. 5 to keep him as he wasn't expected to drop to them.

The Wolves' offer of Ricky Rubio and the No. 5 pick to the Chicago Bulls was made before Dunn slipped and not after.

"Obviously, we liked him," Gar Forman said of Dunn. "He's a very good player."

Chicago reportedly sought Zach LaVine from the Wolves in exchange for Butler.

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Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler

Jun 24, 2016 8:30 PM

The Chicago Bulls involved Jimmy Butler in trade discussions with both the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Bulls and Wolves appeared to especially zero in on a trade with Butler for Kris Dunn as the primary pieces.

Chicago also held talks with Boston trading for No. 3 with Dunn as the pick along with Jae Crowder and the 16th overall pick for Butler.

Gar Forman downplayed the reports of Butler trade talks and said he doesn't feel the need to reassure him about his future with the Bulls.

"We appreciate Jimmy," Forman said. "We value Jimmy. It's our job to listen about any player on our roster when there's interest. And obviously we call teams and express interest in players that they have."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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ESPN's Ratings For NBA Draft Lowest Since 2012 While Yahoo Gets 2.8M Viewers

Jun 24, 2016 6:27 PM

ESPN drew a 2.4 overnight rating for the 2016 NBA Draft after a record-setting 3.1 in each of the past two years.

The draft was considered weak and the first two picks, Ben Simmons to the Philadelphia 76ers and Brandon Ingram to the Los Angeles Lakers, were known in advance.

It was the lowest rated draft since 2012.

Adrian Wojnarowski's The Vertical ran a competing simulcast with analysis, news and the announcement of picks before ESPN on an online stream that received positive reviews.

A Yahoo spokesperson told Awful Announcing Friday the almost-four-hour stream drew 3.7 million total video views, reached more than 2.8 million unique viewers across all devices, and averaged 34 minutes of watch time per user.

ESPN's coverage averaged 2.994 million viewers compared to Yahoo's total number of viewers.

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Team Reneged On Promise To Draft Isaia Cordinier Early In 2nd Round

Jun 24, 2016 11:43 AM

Isaia Cordinier had a promise to be picked by a team selecting in the late 30s or early 40s of the second round.

Cordinier asked teams not to pick him because he was guaranteed to be brought to the NBA immediately but the team reneged on the promise at the last minute.

Cordinier ended up being picked at 40th overall by the Atlanta Hawks.

Cordinier will likely sign a one-year deal in France and join the Hawks in 2017.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

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Dunc'd On: 2016 Draft Review

Jun 24, 2016 3:07 AM

The Serge Ibaka trade, Thaddeus Young to IND (17:30), the puzzling Marco Belinelli trade, Phoenix's trade with Sacramento for Marquese Chriss, and of course analysis of every pick in the first round (29:30). Includes the Celtics' Jaylen Brown shocker, Kris Dunn to Minnesota, Jamal Murray falling to Denver as part of their great night, and everything else. Plus our favorite second round picks. 

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGMThe Athletic and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux). 

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RealGM Staff Report

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Taurean Prince Thought He'd Go 20-25, Felt Like Atlanta Liked Him

Jun 24, 2016 1:06 AM

Taurean Prince was taken 12th overall by the Atlanta Hawks, who acquired the pick from the Utah Jazz in the three-team deal that shipped George Hill to Utah and Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers.

Prince was seen as a late-lottery pick, but was rumored to be slipping down draft boards. 

“I thought I was 20-25 range, so I mean, this is — like I said, it’s all overwhelming for me, humbling,” he said. "I’ve just got to work more to show people why I deserve this spot, and I’m going to do what I have to do in order to be somebody in the league.”

Atlanta’s slotted pick was 21st, right in the range Prince felt he’d go. The Hawks brought him in for their first workout.

“Man, those guys are great, straightforward, which I love,” he said. “No gray, it’s black and white-type of guys, and those are the type of guys you need to be behind you, that’s going to tell you when you’re wrong and let you know when you’re right. I love those guys up there, man. They brought me up for a second workout so I knew they were really interested and we were vibing the entire time, and I enjoyed every single minute in Atlanta."

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Buddy Hield Ready To Space Floor For Pelicans

Jun 24, 2016 1:03 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans drafted Buddy Hield with the sixth overall pick on Thursday, adding perhaps the most proven scorer available. 

“I’m a scorer,” Hield said in his opening remarks to the media. “I can shoot the ball a lot. Love to shoot. I feel like when I go there I can open up the floor for Anthony Davis and other guys to be able to penetrate. And for a guy like Anthony Davis, they have a guy like me who can shoot the ball really well, can keep the floor spaced.” 

Alvin Gentry traveled to the Bahamas to watch Hield play and the two discussed playing fast together if New Orleans was in position to take the Oklahoma senior. Hield is just the third player from the Bahamas to be drafted. 

“I’m so happy, man, not only for me but for all the kids back in the Bahamas,” Hield said. “The norm is that we never make it out of there. So being one of the few that makes it out there helps me give to the kids and inspire them, like OK, there will be more that will make it out. 

“I’m just happy for the Bahamas, really. Put them back on the map, and for all my friends and family."

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Ron Baker, Knicks Agree To Partially Guaranteed Deal

Jun 24, 2016 12:28 AM

Ron Baker has agreed upon a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with the New York Knicks.

Baker went undrafted out of Wichita State.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Gary Payton II Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Rockets
Gary Payton II went undrafted in Thursday's draft.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs Pay $2.4M For 54th Overall Pick, Select Kay Felder
LeBron James was reportedly a proponent of selecting Kay Felder.

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Warriors Buy 38th Pick From Bucks For $2.4 Million, Select Pat McCaw
The Warriors used the selection to pick Pat McCaw out of UNLV.

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Jaylen Brown Didn't Expect To Be Picked By Celtics, Excited For Playoff Basketball
The Celtics held onto the selection and took Jaylen Brown, who they worked out twice.

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Brandon Ingram Feels 'Good Pressure' Going To Lakers
The Lakers drafted Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick, the first acquisition they’ve made since Kobe Bryant retired.

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Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown Go Top-3 In 2016 NBA Draft
After the 76ers selected Ben Simmons and the Lakers picked Brandon Ingram as widely expected, Boston picked Jaylen Brown.

RealGM Staff Report

76ers Offering Nerlens Noel, 24, 26, Robert Covington To Celtics For No. 3
The Celtics have been shopping the third overall pick for weeks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kings Receiving Offers Of Multiple Future 1st Round Picks For No. 8
The Kings have future pick obligations due to previous trades with the Cavaliers in 2011 and the 76ers last offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Raptors Interested In Skal Labissiere At No. 9
Skal Labissiere had an inconsistent freshman season at Kentucky but he was widely considered one of the top prospects in the draft class a year ago.

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76ers Increase Efforts To Acquire 3rd Overall Pick From Celtics
The 76ers have increased their efforts to acquire the third overall pick from the Celtics.

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Suns Offered Eric Bledsoe, Lottery Pick To Jazz For Gordon Hayward
The Suns attempted to acquire Gordon Hayward from the Jazz by offering Eric Bledsoe and a lottery pick.

Marc Stein/ESPN

76ers Decided To Select Ben Simmons On Lottery Night
The 76ers were always locked in on Ben Simmons despite doing their due diligence on other players.

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Nets Working To Trade Thaddeus Young For First Rounder
Several Western Conference teams have been aggressive on dealing for Thaddeus Young.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Hornets Offering No. 22 Pick Attached To Jeremy Lamb Or Spencer Hawes
The Hornets are offering the 22nd overall pick to any team that takes either Jeremy Lamb or Spencer Hawes into their cap space.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Lakers Plan On Selecting Brandon Ingram 2nd Overall
The Lakers are bullish on Brandon Ingram and don't want to trade the pick but they would seriously consider doing so if they could get a proven young All-Star now.

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Ben Simmons Informed 76ers Will Select Him 1st Overall
The 76ers have informed Ben Simmons they will select him with the first overall pick in Thursday's draft.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Ben Simmons Works Out For 76ers
Up until this point in the draft process, Ben Simmons had refused to work out for any teams.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Dunc'd On: NBA Draft With Mike Schmitz
Video scouting guru Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress and The Vertical with a detailed breakdown of players at the top of the draft.

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Buddy Hield Has Second Workout With Lakers
Buddy Hield said he and Kobe Bryant had a two-hour workout, and that Bryant taught him about footwork, creating space and the importance of opponent scouting.

Jesse Dougherty/Los Angeles Times

Simmons, Ingram, Murray Headline Green Room Invites For Draft
The NBA has issued their Green Room invites for the 2016 NBA Draft.

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