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Lakers Likely To Pick Remaining Big With 2nd Overall Pick

May 21, 2015 12:03 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers will consider D'Angelo Russell, but the early indications are that they will choose whichever highly touted big man the Minnesota Timberwolves pass on with the first overall pick.

Karl-Anthony Towns is widely considered the top prospect in the draft, but reports have indicated that Flip Saunders also will strongly consider Jahlil Okafor.

Many NBA executives consider Okafor the safer choice of two big men with his advanced low post game.

The Lakers own the No. 2 overall pick.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Towns, Okafor, Russell, Mudiay Go 1-4 In First Post-Lottery Mocks

May 20, 2015 6:17 PM

With the lottery complete, we can now begin to have a realistic idea of which players will end up with which teams. The following three mocks are the first projections from ESPN's Chad Ford, Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and Aran Smith of NBADraft.

1. MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Kristaps Porzingis
6. SAC: Willie Cauley-Stein
7. DEN: Justise Winslow
8. DET: Mario Hezonja
9. CHA: Devin Booker 
10. MIA: Stanley Johnson
11. IND: Myles Turner
12. UTA: Trey Lyles
13. PHX: Frank Kaminsky
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

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1. MIN: Karl Anthony-Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Mario Hezonja
6. SAC: Willie Cauley-Stein
7. DEN: Justise Winslow
8. DET: Kristaps Porzingis
9. CHA: Stanley Johnson
10. MIA: Kelly Oubre
11. IND: Myles Turner
12. UTA: Frank Kaminsky 
13. PHX: Devin Booker
14. OKC: Cameron Payne
1. MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Kristaps Porzingis
6. SAC: Justise Winslow
7. DEN: Mario Hezonja
8. DET: Stanley Johnson
9. CHA: Trey Lyles
10. MIA: Myles Turner
11. IND: Willie Cauley-Stein
12. UTA: Sam Dekker
13. PHX: Devin Booker
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

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Wolves Willing To Consider Trading No. 1 Overall Pick

May 20, 2015 3:58 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have openly mentioned the possibility of trading away the first overall pick.

Glen Taylor admitted it is unlikely, but not something they're prepared to rule out.

Taylor said it is something that will be “part of any conversation.”

“You never know what it could mean, if you could get the right one or two guys that could change your team,” Taylor said. “When you already have a bunch of young guys, you have to look at this type of stuff. But I think it's a very hard decision to make.”

The Wolves already have a young roster with several former lottery picks.

“We've got so many young guys,” Taylor said, “we would be better off not even being close to the lottery again.”

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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ESPN Draws Its Best Ever Rating For NBA Lottery

May 20, 2015 12:27 PM

The 2015 NBA Draft Lottery drew a 3.2 overnight rating, making it the highest rated lottery ever shown on ESPN, according to Ben Cafardo.

With the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers at the top of the lottery, ratings were expected to be up. The Miami Heat also were in a situation where they could lose their pick entirely.

The top-5 local markets were Memphis (5.1), Houston (5.0), Miami (5.0), New York, (4.9) and Philadelphia (4.8).

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Magic, Kings, Pistons, Hornets Expected To Shop Pick To Accelerate Rebuild

May 19, 2015 10:22 PM

The Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets are expected to seriously consider trading their lottery picks.

All four teams want to accelerate their rebuilds.

The New York Knicks are also expected to entertain offers for the No. 4 pick. The Knicks like Justise Winslow, but they're not believed to be sold on Emmanuel Mudiay.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

May 19, 2015 5:31 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick first in the 2015 NBA Draft, joining the list of previous lottery winners. The Wolves are expected to decide between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks swapped pre-lottery standings at No. 4 and No. 2, while the Philadelphia 76ers stayed put at No. 3. 

The 76ers have their own lottery pick, while they could have also received the Lakers' pick if it had fallen out of the top-5 and/or Miami's if it fell out of the top-10.

You can view the lottery history of each team, including the players selected with their picks, by clicking on the below links.

Draft Lottery Results

1. Minnesota Timberwolves (25%) 

2. Los Angeles Lakers (11.9%)

3. Philadelphia 76ers (15.6%)

4. New York Knicks (19.9%)

5. Orlando Magic (8.8%)

6. Sacramento Kings (6.3%)

7. Denver Nuggets (4.3%)

8. Detroit Pistons (2.8%)

9. Charlotte Hornets (1.7%)

10. Miami Heat (1.1%)

11. Indiana Pacers (0.8%)

12. Utah Jazz (0.7%)

13. Phoenix Suns (0.6%)

14. Oklahoma City Thunder (0.5%)

Click here to run RealGM's Lottery Simulator.

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Karl-Anthony Towns Eyes Playing For Knicks' Franchise He Grew Up Watching

May 19, 2015 1:31 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns could end up with the New York Knicks depending on how the NBA draft lottery goes on Tuesday.

Towns, 19, grew up watching the Knicks.

“I’ve always been a Knicks fan,” Towns said. “I never was able to afford passes to the games. We were able to afford cable and got the MSG channel so I could watch every Knick game. It made me more of a fan because I could watch every big game.

“My best friend was a Nets fan so it made for a cool rivalry. My favorite player for the Knicks is a tie between Walt Frazier and Patrick Ewing, but I liked Patrick Ewing a lot. But I’ve never been to a Knicks game. I could never afford to go there.”

Towns averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in just 21.1 minutes per game for a deep Kentucky team that advanced to the 2015 Final Four.

“It would be an honor and a privilege to play for the Knicks organization,” Towns said. “But wherever the chips fall, the chips fall. I just can’t wait to play basketball at the next level.”

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Knicks Have Received 437 Games From Nine Potential Lotto Picks Since 2002

May 18, 2015 12:54 PM

The New York Knicks have an all-important lottery pick and there remains a chance of the franchise keeping the player that will be selected, which would actually run counter to their history.

The Knicks, however, could be interested in trading away the pick if it falls outside the top-2.

Dating back to the 2002 NBA Draft when they included Nene in their deal with Marcus Camby for Antonio McDyess, a number of their lottery picks have been traded in advance.

The Knicks kept Mike Sweetney and Channing Frye in 2003 and 2005, respectively, but the LaMarcus Aldridge and Joakim Noah picks were dealt in advance in the Eddy Curry deal, as were the Gordon Hayward and Dario Saric picks. The Noah pick was technically a swap with the Bulls that resulted in Wilson Chandler.

Sweetney was included in the Curry trade, while Frye was traded in 2007 for Zach Randolph.

Danilo Gallinari was drafted in 2008 and traded in February of 2011 in the Carmelo Anthony trade, while Jordan Hill was traded in his rookie season in 2010 to clear extra cap space.

In total, the Knicks have only yielded 437 games from their nine potential lottery picks since 2002.

The Knicks have already traded away their first round pick in 2016 to the Raptors, which was already part of a pick swap with the Nuggets.

View the Knicks' Lottery History.

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Celtics Interested In Trading Up In Draft, Could Target Willie Cauley-Stein

May 17, 2015 1:46 PM

The Boston Celtics are "very open" to trading up in the NBA Draft, according to two sources.

The Celtics could reportedly target Willie Cauley-Stein, but they would have to move up several spots in order to select the seven-footer.

The Celtics currently have the No. 16 pick.

Cauley-Stein was one of the first players the Celtics interviewed at the draft combine.

A. Sherrod Blakely/Comcast SportsNet

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Bucks Hope To Follow Draft Success In 12-18 Range

May 17, 2015 1:41 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks will have the No. 17 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft and hope to follow on past success in this position.

"If you look at the history of the draft and you start talking about that 12 to 17 and 18 range, you can miss on those guys," John Hammond said. "We would consider ourselves fortunate when you start mentioning John [Henson], Larry [Sanders], Giannis [Antetokounmpo]. Those guys all have proven to be quality players in this league."

"You look at last year's draft, and when you're slotted at two, you have a grouping of probably three players."

Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Thunder Appear To Be Targeting Point Guards, Shooters In Draft
The Thunder appeared to focus on point guards and shooters during their interviews at the NBA Draft Combine.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

D'Angelo Russell: I'm The Best Player In Draft
Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor are widely considered the top two prospects, while D'Angelo Russell is in the conversation for third.

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Larry Bird Believes Willie Cauley-Stein Is A $100M Player
Willie Cauley-Stein met with Larry Bird and the Hall of Famer didn't hide how highly he rates him.

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Knicks Intrigued By Frank Kaminsky
The Knicks could conceivably trade down to pick up Frank Kaminsky and another asset.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Joel Embiid Sits In On 76ers' Meetings With Prospects At Combine
The 76ers included Joel Embiid in their meetings at the NBA Draft Combine in what is an unprecedented move.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery
The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

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Ford Has Simmons, Labissiere, Brown, Ingram, Pope As 2016 Top-5
Ben Simmons, Skal Labissiere and Jaylen Brown are expected to be in the conversation for the first overall pick in 2016.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Kaminsky, Cauley-Stein Each Measured At Over 7-Foot
The NBA has released the measurements from the 2015 Draft Combine.

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NBA Draft To Be Held In Brooklyn
The draft will be held on June 25th at Barclays Center.

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Mam Jaiteh Declines Invite To NBA Draft Combine For French League Play
Mam Jaiteh has had a standout season for one of France's best teams, JSF Nanterre.

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Knicks Have Towns, Okafor, Mudiay, Russell, Winslow As Top-5
Karl Anthony-Towns would currently be the Knicks' pick if they won the lottery.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Lakers Believed To Have Towns, Mudiay Ahead Of Okafor On Board
The Lakers could go with Emmanuel Mudiay ahead of Jahlil Okafor if they have the second pick.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Ford: NBA Teams Sometimes Scared Off By Highly Intelligent Players
Willie Cauley-Stein is judged largely by his intangibles on defense.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Ford: Henry Ellenson Is Closest Prospect To Kevin Love Since 2008
Henry Ellenson is a projected top-10 pick for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Chad Ford/ESPN

48 College Underclassmen Declare For 2015 NBA Draft
Following is the list of players from colleges and post-graduate institutions who have applied for early entry into the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Buddy Hield Returns To Oklahoma For Senior Season
Buddy Hield announced Friday morning that he will return to Oklahoma for his senior season.

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Guillermo Hernangomez Declares For Draft
Guillermo Hernangomez is considered a potential first round pick.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tennessee Tech's Charles Jackson Declares For NBA Draft
Charles Jackson has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft and signed representation to turn pro, sources told RealGM.

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Moussa Diagne Declares For 2015 NBA Draft
Moussa Diagne has declared his name for the 2015 NBA Draft as an early entry, a source told RealGM.

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Stanley Johnson Leaves Arizona For NBA Draft
Stanley Johnson has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft, leaving Arizona after one season.

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