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Chet Holmgren Slotted At No. 1 In ESPN's First 2022 NBA Mock Draft

Dec 29, 2020 4:15 PM

ESPN has Chet Holmgren going No. 1 in its first 2022 NBA Mock Draft. Holmgren is a seven-foot forward/center, who remains undecided for his college pick. Holmgren is believed to be considered Minnesota and Gonzaga, but he'll also be a major priority for the G League Ignite team.

Mike Schmitz writes Holmgren is "the type of shot-blocking, 3-shooting, ballhandling big man the modern NBA covets."

Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith, Adrian Griffin Jr. and Yannick Nzosa round out the top-5.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2020 and 2021 Drafts

Nov 29, 2020 7:57 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the 2020 and 2021 NBA Drafts.

They discuss the unusual lack of trades in the lottery, which teams did best and worst, the incredibly exciting 2021 draft class, takeaways from free agency and much more.

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Cade Cunningham At No. 1 In First ESPN, The Athletic Mocks For 2021 NBA Draft

Nov 24, 2020 10:54 AM

Jonathan Givony has released his first mock draft for 2021 with Cade Cunningham at No. 1. Sam Vecenie of The Athletic also has Cunningham at No. 1 in his first mock, which was also released on Tuesday.

"The race for the No. 1 pick is still fairly open right now, though not quite to the extent that it was in 2020," writes Cunningham.

Cunningham is a big point guard at Oklahoma State with "ideal physical tools, outstanding feel for the game, pick-and-roll savvy and increasingly effective jump shot."

Vecenie writes that Cunningham's shooting has been inconsistent during his career, but "a source at Oklahoma State told me that he’s come to preseason workouts and been the team’s second-best shooter behind 3-point marksman Ferron Flavors."

The main competitors for No. 1 will be Jalen Green and B.J. Boston.

Green will spend the 20-21 season in the G League, while Boston is at Kentucky.

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Joe Lacob: James Wiseman Is Once-In-A-Decade Center Prospect

Nov 21, 2020 9:13 AM

The Golden State Warriors had long targeted James Wiseman with the second overall pick and didn't let the injury to Klay Thompson shift their direction at the draft.

“I’m not going to sit here and lie to you and say that it didn’t cross our minds or my mind,” Lacob said. “(But) that would’ve been going contrary to what our plan was — the No. 1 guy on our board is the guy we drafted, James Wiseman. And I think a lot of people guessed that, the truth. It doesn’t mean that we didn’t have somebody else we liked a lot and that certainly considered very strongly. But that wasn’t our plan and we decided (Thompson’s injury) wasn’t going to change our final decision. We just needed to take the guy we really believed in because you’re also drafting not only for the short term but for the long term."

Lacob said Wiseman was always his top choice.

“To be honest with you, he was my No. 1 forever, basically,” Lacob said. “I just think he’s a once-in-a-decade kind of guy. I would argue that, other than (Joel) Embiid, I don’t know that there’s another center prospect that’s come along in the last decade that you would put in the same category. Different players, maybe. But this guy is immensely talented. …

“When you see him in person, it’s pretty compelling. And when we watched him do his workout, it’s pretty compelling. … Some of the things he does on the court for a guy his size, he’s very mobile, really good ballhandling for someone his size. Anyone who says he can’t shoot is crazy. He can shoot. He’s going to get better; he can shoot. And he’s obviously going to be a very good defender, he’s going to be a rim protector and shot blocker, so there’s a heckuva lot of things to like. And I just think he’s a great fit as well with what we needed and with our team."

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Mavericks Tried To Trade Up For Tyrese Haliburton

Nov 19, 2020 2:21 PM

The Dallas Mavericks were active in trade talks in an attempt to move up to draft Tyrese Haliburton, who could have been a good fit with Luka Doncic. 

"I heard Dallas was up to a lot last night trying to offer 18, 31 and something else, I'm not sure if it was a player or a pick to everyone from, like, seven to 10 to 11," said Zach Lowe on Thursday's podcast. "And I'm pretty sure the target was Haliburton. They were hot on Haliburton. They were offering all of these picks to try to move up and get Haliburton. They didn't get him."

Jonathan Givony of ESPN added that the Mavericks finished second behind the Portland Trail Blazers in trying to trade for Robert Covington. 

"Haliburton, they were 100 percent trying to get him," said Givony. 

Haliburton was drafted 12th overall by the Sacramento Kings.

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Clippers Send Landry Shamet To Nets, Receive Luke Kennard, Pistons Get No. 19

Nov 18, 2020 9:48 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade Landry Shamet to the Brooklyn Nets with the No. 19 pick in the draft going to the Detroit Pistons. The Clippers will receive Luke Kennard from the Pistons as part of the three-way deal. 

Los Angeles will also send Rodney McGruder to the Pistons.

Shamet was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Clippers at the deadline in 2019.

The Pistons selected Saddiq Bey of Villanova with the pick.

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Wolves Select Anthony Edwards With First Pick In 2020 NBA Draft (Full Results)

Nov 18, 2020 8:07 PM

After weeks of considering trade offers, the Minnesota Timberwolves kept their pick and selected Anthony Edwards first overall.

First Round

1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards

2. Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman

3. Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball

4. Chicago Bulls: Patrick Williams

5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Isaac Okoro

6. Atlanta Hawks: Onyeka Okongwu

7. Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes

8. New York Knicks: Obi Toppin

9. Washington Wizards: Deni Avdija

10. Phoenix Suns: Jalen Smith

11. San Antonio Spurs: Devin Vassell

12. Sacramento Kings: Tyrese Haliburton

13. New Orleans Pelicans: Kira Lewis

14. Boston Celtics (via Memphis): Aaron Nesmith

15. Orlando Magic: Cole Anthony

16. Detroit Pistons (via Portland and Houston): Isaiah Stewart

17. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Brooklyn, Atlanta and Minnesota): Aleksej Pokusevski

18. Dallas Mavericks: Josh Green

19. Brooklyn Nets (from Philadelphia and Clippers): Saddiq Bey

20. Miami Heat: Precious Achiuwa

21. Philadelphia 76ers (from Oklahoma City and Orlando): Tyrese Maxey

22. Denver Nuggets (from Houston): Zeke Nnaji

23. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Utah and New York): Leandro Bolmaro

24. Denver Nuggets (from Indiana, Milwaukee and New Orleans): R.J. Hampton

25. New York Knicks (from Denver, Minnesota and Oklahoma City): Immanuel Quickley

26. Boston Celtics: Payton Pritchard

27. Utah Jazz (from Clippers and New York): Udoka Azubuike

28. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Lakers and Oklahoma City): Jaden McDaniels

29. Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn

30. Memphis Grizzlies (from Milwaukee, Phoenix and Boston): Desmond Bane

Second Round

31. Dallas Mavericks: Tyrell Terry

32. Charlotte Hornets: Vernon Carey Jr.

33. Los Angeles Clippers (via New York): Daniel Oturu

34. Philadelphia 76ers: Theo Maledon

35. Memphis Grizzlies: Xavier Tillman

36. Dallas Mavericks: Tyler Bey

37. Oklahoma City Thunder: Vit Krejci

38. Detroit Pistons: Saben Lee

39. Utah Jazz: Elijah Hughes

40. Sacramento Kings: Robert Woodard

41. San Antonio Spurs: Tre Jones

42. Charlotte Hornets: Nick Richards

43. Sacramento Kings: Jahmi'us Ramsey

44. Chicago Bulls: Marko Simonovic

45. Milwaukee Bucks: Jordan Nwora

46. Portland Trail Blazers: CJ Elleby

47. Boston Celtics: Yam Madar

48. Golden State Warriors: Nico Mannion

49. Philadelphia 76ers: Isaiah Joe

50. Atlanta Hawks: Skylar Mays

51. Golden State Warriors: Justinian Jessup

52. Houston Rockets: Kenyon Martin Jr.

53. Washington Wizards: Cassius Winston

54. Indiana Pacers: Cassius Stanley

55. Los Angeles Clippers: Jay Scrubb

56. Charlotte Hornets: Grant Riller

57. Brooklyn Nets: Reggie Perry

58. Philadelphia 76ers: Paul Reed

59. Toronto Raptors: Jalen Harris

60. Milwaukee Bucks: Sam Merrill 

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Warriors, Celtics Discussed Marcus Smart For No. 2

Nov 18, 2020 4:41 PM

The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors discussed a trade centered on Marcus Smart for the No. 2 overall pick.

Talks fell through for both parties as the Celtics rejected an unknown counteroffer. The Celtics and Warriors are not expected to pick up talks.

Boston is believed to be targeting James Wiseman in the draft and have been trying to trade into the top-3.

The Celtics re-signed Smart in 2018 on a four-year, $52 million deal.

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Bucks Acquire No. 45 From Magic For Two Future 2nd Rounders

Nov 18, 2020 3:19 PM

The Orlando Magic have traded the 45th overall pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for two future second round picks.

Milwaukee sent the 24th overall pick via the Indiana Pacers to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the Jrue Holiday trade.

With the Bucks being hard capped this season, they will need to fill the roster with players on minimum contracts. 

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Wolves Intend To Field Trade Offers For No. 1 Until Adam Silver Approaches Podium

Nov 18, 2020 3:00 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves intend to keep their selection at first overall a secret until the last possible moment in order to generate trade offers.

"What Minnesota plans to do is keep the mystery going all the way until the draft. They want teams to not know who they're drafting because they want to keep those phones ringing all the way until Adam Silver walks up and announces that pick. They want to have a situation where if somebody is trying to trade up for a player at one, two or three, that they don't know what the Wolves are doing and so they're not calling Golden State at two. They have to call No. 1 to make a trade."

The Wolves have most strongly been linked to Anthony Edwards if they keep the pick due to his more logical fit with Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell compared to James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball.

The Golden State Warriors are in a similar position in terms of their interest in trading out of No. 2.

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Cavs, Hawks Receiving Significant Trade Interest At No. 5, No. 6

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Celtics Continue To Look For Trade Into Top-3

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Onyeka Okongwu Recovering From Fractured Toe

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Knicks Move Up To No. 23, Send Nos. 27, 38 To Jazz

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Michael Jordan Gives 'Stamp Of Approval' For Hornets To Select LaMelo Ball

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Bulls Offer Wendell Carter, No. 4 To Warriors For No. 2

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Bulls 'Becoming Increasingly Focused' On Patrick Williams With Fourth Pick

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Warriors Reportedly 'Infatuated' With Deni Avdija

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Rockets Hope To Buy Pick In Wednesday's Draft

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James Wiseman Hasn't Heard From Wolves

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Entire 2021 NCAA Tournament Could Be Played In Indianapolis

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Wolves Now Expected To Select Anthony Edwards If They Stay At No. 1

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LaMelo Ball Works Out For Warriors, Hornets, Pistons

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Bulls Expected To Select LaMelo Ball If He Falls To No. 4

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Wolves Love Tyrese Haliburton If They Move Down From No. 1

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Celtics Pursuing Trade For Jrue Holiday

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LaMelo Ball Has Private Workout With Wolves

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Bulls, Pistons, Knicks Discuss Trading Up To No. 2 With Warriors

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Wolves Trying To Acquire Second Lottery Pick

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Patrick Williams Reportedly May Have Promise From Pistons

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