NBA Draft Wiretap

Mavs Willing To Take On Salary In Exchange For Draft Picks

Feb 20, 2017 11:58 PM

With the Dallas Mavericks finally taking a longer term view, they are willing to take on contracts before Thursday's deadline if draft compensation is attached.

The Mavericks have rebounded from their slow start to the season and are only three games out of the eighth seed despite being 12 games under .500.

Mark Cuban has been committed to staying as competitive as possible for as long as Dirk Nowitzki continues to play.

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Teams Can Now Place Protections On Traded Picks

Feb 20, 2017 9:27 PM

The Boston Celtics can now place pick protections on the draft pick they're owed from the Brooklyn Nets, which is a new rule for the NBA.

While teams can place protections when trading their own picks, they were unable to place new protections when trading those along to other teams.

Boston, for example, could place a top-1 or top-2 protection on the Brooklyn pick in a trade to protect themselves with an alternative pick compensation.

The Celtics have been seeking a superstar via trade and have been reluctant to move any of their Brooklyn picks for anything less.

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NBA Expects To Revisit Age Limit Talks With Union In Near Future

Feb 18, 2017 8:06 PM

Adam Silver talked about the possibility of the NBA and NBPA revisiting the current age limit for draft entry despite already completing a new collective bargaining agreement.

"First of all, we absolutely need the union to revisit the current age minimum of 19 years old," said Silver. "But something Michele (Roberts) and I discussed directly, and this is different than last time we negotiated a collective bargaining agreement, is rather than say to you 'talk to us in seven years when we sit back down to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement'. I think she and I both agree it is the kind of issue that needs to be studied in essence outside of the bright lights of collective bargaining. I think both of us, while our traditional positions have been: the league would like to raise the minimum age from 19 to 20, and at least Michele has stated her position is she would like to lower it from 19 to 18.

"I think there's an acknowledgement that the issue is far more complex than that," Silver continued. "It requires all the constituent groups to be at the table. We have to understand sort of where those players are coming from before they get, in the case of the lottery picks, before they get to that one year of college. How is the AAU system working in practice? How is the high school system (working)? What access do coaches have to them once they're in college under NCAA rules. There's the potential loss of eligibility if we have contact with them at a younger age.

"I think rather than standing here and saying 'the league's goal is to get from 19 to 20.' I think I have a better understanding of the issue now as well, as I talk to some of the young players who are coming into our league who have completed only a portion of their freshman year in college and have a better understanding of what the conditions are for them both academically and their basketball requirements.

"It's one of those issues that doesn't lend itself well to one of 50 issues we're trying to get through in a collective bargaining session, but again, I think both Michele and I agree that it's something we should turn back to right away, partly to have a better understanding."

In the 2005 CBA, the NBA and NBPA raised the age limit to eliminate high school players from the draft.

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Pacers Shopping 2017 First Round Pick Concerned About Window With Paul George

Feb 17, 2017 10:02 PM

The Indiana Pacers are shopping their 2017 first round pick in order to improve their roster immediately around Paul George.

The Pacers would like to acquire either an established wing or frontline player.

The draft is considered one of the strongest in recent memory.

Indiana also traded their first round pick last year to acquire Thaddeus Young.

With Paul George able to opt out of his contract in 2018, the Pacers have a small window to build a title-level supporting cast around him.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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BPI: Lakers Have 44.4 Percent Chance Of Landing Top-3 Pick

Feb 7, 2017 12:59 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have a 44.4 percent chance of landing a top-3 pick in the draft according to BPI, which would allow them to keep their pick this year.

The Lakers currently have the third worst record in the NBA but could soon be passed in the standings by the Phoenix Suns.

If the Lakers don't convey their pick to the Philadelphia 76ers this year, they also benefit by converting a first round pick owed to the Orlando Magic from the Dwight Howard trade into two second rounders.

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Luka Doncic Receiving Buzz To Go First Overall In 2018

Feb 1, 2017 1:39 PM

Luka Doncic of Real Madrid is receiving attention as a possible first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Doncic is 17 but already producing in the Euroleague. Doncic can play point guard, shooting guard and small forward at 6'8.

NBA personnel have already begun to make the trip to Europe to scout Doncic, who is one of their biggest prodigies since Ricky Rubio.

DeAndre Ayton, a 7'0 center, is also expected to compete for the first overall pick in 2018.

Jonathan Givony/The Vertical

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Cavs Trading 2017 First Rounder To Get 2018 Returned From Blazers

Jan 5, 2017 8:37 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are trading their 2017 first round pick to the Portland Trail Blazers in order to get their previously traded 2018 first round pick back.

The Cavaliers will then trade their 2019 first round pick to the Atlanta Hawks as part of the Kyle Korver deal.

Cleveland traded their 2017 first rounder to Portland at last year's trade deadline as part of the Anderson Varejao deal.

Because of the Stepien Rule, teams cannot trade first round picks for consecutive drafts.

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GMs Calling 2017 NBA Draft 'Strongest In A Decade'

Dec 22, 2016 11:23 AM

The 2017 NBA Draft will be the "strongest in a decade", according to multiple NBA scouts and general managers. Chad Ford projects 10-15 potential All-Stars in the class, headlined by Markelle Fultz.

Ford elevated Fultz up from No. 3 in his previous big board to No. 1, while Lonzo Ball jumped from No. 6 to No. 2.

Josh Jackson fell from No. 1 to No. 3 with Malik Monk and Dennis Smith rounding out the top-5. Monk was ranked No. 15 in the previous big board.

1. Markelle Fultz
2. Lonzo Ball
3. Josh Jackson
4. Malik Monk
5. Dennis Smith
6. Jayson Tatum
7. Harry Giles
8. Jonathan Isaac
9. De'Aaron Fox
10. Miles Bridges
11. Lauri Markkanen
12. Frank Ntilikina
13. OG Anunoby
14. T.J. Leaf
15. Robert Williams
16. Ivan Rabb
17. Terrance Ferguson
18. Edrice Adebayo
19. Jarrett Allen
20. Marques Bolden

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Union Sought 'Zero And Two' Rule For NBA Draft Eligibility

Dec 15, 2016 1:34 PM

The NBA and NBPA have agreed to keep the current "one and done" rule in place without any alteration.

Under the 2005 collective bargaining agreement, the owners and players agreed to require players from the United States to be one year removed from high school before entering the draft. The 2005 NBA Draft class had the final selections directly from high school such as Andrew Bynum and Gerald Green.

The league has sought to increase the age limit to 20; the union has resisted that and would prefer no limit or a rule similar to that of Major League Baseball. 

The union sought a so-called “zero and two” compromise that would allow high schoolers in the NBA Draft but keep college players from declaring until after their sophomore season in college.

The two sides agreed to revisit the issue at a later date within the timeline of their new collective bargaining agreement.

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Mavs Would Only Trade First Rounder For Top-5 Player In NBA

Dec 10, 2016 1:39 PM

Mark Cuban is unlikely to part ways with the Dallas Mavericks' first round pick this year.

Cuban suggested he would only trade the Mavericks' first rounder, currently projected to be a top-5 selection, in exchange for a top-5 player in the entire NBA.

Cuban referenced the Dallas Cowboys' historical trade of Herschel Walker that setup their success of the 1990s as what it would take to trade the pick.

"If Herschel Walker calls me up and says, ‘That's better than any deal I've ever been involved with,'" Cuban joked.

The 2017 NBA Draft is expected to be one of the deepest in recent memory, particularly at the point guard position.

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Jackson, Fultz, Ball, Smith, Giles Comprise Chad Ford's Top 100
Josh Jackson ranks first in Chad Ford's Top 100 for the 2017 NBA Draft ahead of Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball.

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No. 3 Recruit Wendell Carter Commits To Duke
Wendell Carter is a 6-foot-10 power forward from Pace Academy in Georgia.

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Dunc'd On: Mike Schmitz Of DraftExpress On The Top 2017 Prospects
Master video scout Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress joins to discuss the best 2017 NBA draft prospects and who he will be tracking this season.

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Bill Self: Josh Jackson Has Great IQ Both On, Off Court
Josh Jackson is considered one of the more mature prospects of the 2017 NBA Draft class.

Greg Couch/Bleacher Report

Terrance Ferguson Suspended One Game For Striking Opponent
Terrance Ferguson is playing for the Adelaide 36ers after deciding not to attend Arizona for his freshman season.

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Harry Giles Out Six Weeks With Knee Surgery
Harry Giles is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during the first game of his high school season a year ago.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Duke To Hold Two Pro Days, Close All Other Practices To NBA Scouts
Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are anticipated high lottery picks in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

DeAndre Ayton Commits To Arizona
DeAndre Ayton is widely considered the No. 1 prospect of the 2017 class and is expected to be the first overall pick in 2018.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Fultz, Giles, Jackson, Smith, Ntilikina Comprise Top-5 Of ESPN's First 2017 Mock Draft
While Markelle Fultz is currently slotted to go first overall to the 76ers, ESPN has Josh Jackson as the top overall player on their big board.

ESPN's NBA Draft Big Board Top-15 Includes 12 Freshmen
Josh Jackson, Harry Giles and Markelle Fultz headline ESPN's first Big Board for the 2017 NBA Draft class.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Wolves Offered No. 5, Ricky Rubio To Bulls For Jimmy Butler Before Kris Dunn Slid
The Timberwolves reportedly drafted Kris Dunn at No. 5 to keep him as he wasn't expected to drop to them.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler
The Bulls held serious trade talks involving Jimmy Butler with both the Celtics and Wolves.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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

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

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Dunc'd On: 2016 Draft Review
Analysis of every first round pick along with the trades of Serge Ibaka, Thaddeus Young and Marco Belinelli.

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Taurean Prince Thought He'd Go 20-25, Felt Like Atlanta Liked Him
Taurean Prince was taken 12th overall by the Hawks, who acquired the pick from the Jazz.

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Buddy Hield Ready To Space Floor For Pelicans
The Pelicans drafted Buddy Hield with the sixth overall pick on Thursday, adding perhaps the most proven scorer available.

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Ron Baker, Knicks Agree To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Ron Baker went undrafted out of Wichita State.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical