Jun 29, 2012 11:48 PM EDT
Sam Presti views Perry Jones as a good teammate who can find his place on an already successful team.
“We really see him as a player that can blend,” Presti said. “We see great value in the fact that he’s incredibly talented, but he’s able to play within a team and understand how he can impact a game. He doesn’t need to be forcing the issue at all times. With our particular team, we feel like that is a huge quality that we looked at as a positive for us. The ability to play within the framework of a game and be able to impact it in several different ways.”
“To us, the ability to show some restraint and not force the issue, that’s a major plus,” Presti continued. “We look at that as a guy that is about winning first and foremost and has impacted winning. For us, we think it’s a good fit with what we have going on here.”
Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver explained that the team won’t slot Jones into a particular position or role.
“We won’t pigeon-hole him,” Weaver continued. “I think he can play anywhere on the front line. He’s a versatile player, but the coaches will handle that. What we see is his versatility is his strength.”
Jun 29, 2012 10:40 AM EDT
Joe Dumars said the Darko Milicic selection changed the way the Pistons prepare for the draft.
"I could give a dissertation on that," Dumars said shortly after selecting teenage center Andre Drummond. "After I drafted Darko, from that point on, the amount of background we do on every single player that you see us draft is ridiculous. We do as much or more background than any other team in the NBA because of that.
"The background on (Milicic) was about 20 percent of what we do now. I look back on it now and realize you didn't know half of the stuff you needed to know."
Dumars said the Pistons conducted extensive research on Drummond.
"It's not just the questions you ask to (the player)," Dumars said. "It's the amount of people. With Darko, we may have had two sources of information. That was it. With this kid (Drummond), 10 (or) 12. We talked to literally everybody.
"George David (the Pistons' director of player personnel) talked to his sixth-grade teacher. That wasn't long ago. We talked to everybody. That's what we didn't do with Darko. We may have talked to a couple of guys over in Europe. That was it.”
Jun 29, 2012 10:38 AM EDT
Rick Carlisle typically refrains from comparing players, but he couldn’t resist when analyzing Jared Cunningham, who the Mavericks selected with the 17th pick in the draft.
“Athletically, he’s similar to a (Russell) Westbrook,” Carlisle said. “That’s a lot to put on a kid, but you got to have guys with that kind of speed and quickness to compete with the perimeter players in this league. We’re excited about it.”
Carlisle feels Cunningham is capable of creating offense at the pro level.
“The way the game is being played now, I thought Dirk addressed it after Game 4 (against Oklahoma City), you got to have dynamic playmakers,” Carlisle said. “Cunningham was up at Oregon State. The Pac-12 doesn’t get a lot of coverage in the central and eastern time zones. We feel he’s good and has a chance to be exceptionally good. He plays above the rim and is an athletic defender. He was one of the guys we liked from about a month ago on.’’
Jun 29, 2012 10:32 AM EDT
Danny Ainge revealed that Jared Sullinger has a herniated disk.
"There are some issues there," said Ainge. "Our medical staff thinks that short-term and long-term there may be some maintenance issues with the back. Doc Rivers played with a herniated disk for 13 years. It may need surgery at some point, it may not."
Sullinger’s back issue was red-flagged prior to the draft, but Ainge said the team was comfortable taking him.
"Length is an issue," said Ainge. "He has good width. There were a lot of these same kinds of issues with Glen Davis when he came into the league. Guys that are smart and have a good touch make the adjustment."
Jun 29, 2012 10:27 AM EDT
Dion Waiters is confident that he can live up to the billing of being the fourth overall pick.
“I’m an all-around player,” Waiters said. “I feel I don’t have any weaknesses in my game.”
The Cavaliers scouted Waiters throughout the 6-foot-4 guard's sophomore season at Syracuse.
“We did an enormous amount of research [on Waiters],” general manager Chris Grant said. “Maybe more than we’ve ever done.”
“This is a guy who can do a lot of things with the basketball,” Byron Scott said. “I just think he has something special … I think we got a steal.”
Jun 29, 2012 3:09 AM EDT
The Warriors selected Harrison Barnes with the seventh overall pick, passing on a potential franchise-changing center in Andre Drummond.
Drummond was ultimately selected by the Pistons with the ninth selection.
"I’ll just say that he’s a very, very impressive athlete," said Joe Lacob. "He’s not an impressive basketball player today. I think if you’ll talk, you’ll hear that.
"There’s a reason he slipped from potentially 2 to 9. All the teams he worked out for. I guess, my estimation, watching him, we saw that. That doesn’t mean that those people all made the right decisions. He could wind up being great, right?
"How often do you get 7-footers that have his physical abilities? So it’s hard to say, nobody really knows for sure. He certainly was tempting. We debated him."
Jun 29, 2012 3:04 AM EDT
The Warriors drafted Festus Ezeli with the 30th overall pick, largely based on how he competed against Tyler Zeller in a group workout they hosted.
"He was absolutely our guy at 30 the whole time," said Joe Lacob. "There are no bones about that."
Ezeli played four seasons at Vanderbilt.
"We want big. And strong. What are we? We haven’t been big enough, strong enough, tough enough.
"I think what he is, he’s really strong, very good shot-blocker, really good defensively. Those are his strengths. I cherish the thought of having that ability to (still have) great rim protection when (Andrew) Bogut’s out of the game."
Jun 28, 2012 11:57 PM EDT
The Magic were approached this week by "a lot of different teams" this week about trading Dwight Howard, according to new general manager Rob Hennigan.
Hennigan was hired last week and wants to meet with Howard before reaching a decision about the direction of the franchise.
Jun 28, 2012 6:46 PM EDT
The Cavaliers are offering the 4th, 24th and 33rd picks to the Bobcats for the 2nd and 31st, according to Chris Broussard.
Cleveland is presumably trying to jump ahead of the Wizards to select Bradley Beal.
Jun 28, 2012 6:17 PM EDT
The Bobcats are in discussions with the Cavaliers and Rockets about a deal involving the second overall selection.
Charlotte began Thursday in talks with five separate teams.
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The Celtics are attempting to package the No. 21 and No. 22 picks to move up into the lottery.
Sacramento wants to wait to see if Thomas Robinson is on the board before a deal is consummated.
Rob Pelinka and Jeffrey Schwartz will likely have two lottery picks, while Arn Tellem represents top overall pick Anthony Davis.
Orlando is unlikely to deal Dwight Howard on draft night, or in the immediate future.
The Wolves have been shopping Derrick Williams since the deadline
Kostas Papanikolaou is a draft target for both the Heat and Thunder.
Boston aims to work into the late lottery if not higher.
Jun 28, 2012 | New York Post
Toney Douglas is the only Knicks guard under contract for next season.
Neil Olshey said he intends to use both the 6th and 11th picks of the draft.
The Grizzlies are considering trading the 25th overall pick for a young veteran player.
Jun 28, 2012 | CSNBayArea.com
Jerry West said the Warriors need a player who can contribute immediately.
Charlotte is believed to be leaning toward selecting Thomas Robinson if the pick is retained.
Jun 28, 2012 | Chad Ford/ESPN
The Kings continue to discuss dealing the fifth overall pick to the Rockets, but either way Andre Drummond could come off the board here.
Jun 28, 2012 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Perry Jones is one player who may slide further than expected.
The Nets reportedly only "loved" Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Thomas Robinson in the 2012 NBA Draft.
The Raptors have been aggressive in their efforts to move up from the eighth overall selection ahead of the Warriors at seven.
Sources believe the Cavaliers would take Dion Waiters with the fourth pick if Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal are off the board.
George Karl still sees areas of improvement for the Nuggets.
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