NBA Draft Wiretap

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

Nov 29, 2016 1:21 PM

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

Dennis Smith, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Jonathan Isaac, Malik Monk, Miles Bridges and Frank Ntilikina round out the top-10.

Draft Express has Fultz, Smith, Tatum, Jackson and Giles as their top-5 in that order.

1. Josh Jackson
2. Markelle Fultz
3. Lonzo Ball
4. Dennis Smith
5. Harry Giles
6. Jayson Tatum
7. Jonathan Isaac
8. Malik Monk
9. Miles Bridges
10. Frank Ntilikina
11. Lauri Markkanen
12. Ivan Rabb
13. De'Aaron Fox
14. OG Anunoby
15. Jarrett Allen
16. Edrice Adebayo
17. Marques Bolden
18. Tony Bradley
19. Omer Yurtseven
20. Terrance Ferguson

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No. 3 Recruit Wendell Carter Commits To Duke

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 PM

Wendell Carter has committed to Duke as a member of the 2017 incoming class.

Carter chose the Blue Devils over in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech, as well as Harvard. 

Carter, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Pace Academy (Georgia), is ranked No. 3 in the ESPN 100 for 2017.

Carter won two gold medals with USA Basketball, the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 U17 World Championship. 

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Dunc'd On: Mike Schmitz Of DraftExpress On The Top 2017 Prospects

Nov 10, 2016 3:37 PM

Master video scout Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress joins to discuss the best 2017 NBA draft prospects and who he will be tracking this season. We go through his top-10 prospects and also hit on his personal sleepers.  Prospects discussed include Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith, Jr., Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Harry Giles, and many more.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA).

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Bill Self: Josh Jackson Has Great IQ Both On, Off Court

Nov 8, 2016 3:01 PM

Josh Jackson is considered one of the more mature prospects of the 2017 NBA Draft class. Jackson is a wing but has many point guard style attributes with his vision and passing.

Bill Self describes Jackson as a "very deep thinker, ridiculously bright and articulate."

"He has a great IQ both on the court and off the court," Self says. "It's way, way, way beyond his years."

Jackson also has a love for chess.

"I like thinking games," Jackson said.

"Chess forces you to think about the decisions you're making before you make them, after you make them. Just being able to think before you move, think about what happens if you do this or do that."

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Terrance Ferguson Suspended One Game For Striking Opponent

Oct 26, 2016 10:35 AM

Terrance Ferguson has been suspended one game for striking opponent Mark Worthington during a game on October 21st.

Ferguson is playing for the Adelaide 36ers after deciding not to attend Arizona for his freshman season.

Draft Express currently projects Ferguson as a late first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Harry Giles Out Six Weeks With Knee Surgery

Oct 3, 2016 1:47 PM

Harry Giles has undergone knee surgery and will be out for six weeks.

Giles is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during the first game of his high school season a year ago.

Giles is a freshman at Duke and considered one of the top picks in the 2017 NBA Draft class if he's healthy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Andrew Bucholtz/Awful Announcing

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.

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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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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.

Shams Charania, Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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.

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

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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.

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